Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Monday, March 5, 2007

About as good as it gets right now (unfortunately)

Well I've tried to take some photos over the past week. "Tried" is the key word here. I've come to the sad realization that I just cannot photograph my children right now. They don't cooperate they way I want them to! Why can't a 6 year old, 4 year old and 2 year old (well she turns two tomorrow) ignore the camera, go about their business and and give me sweet looks in the right light? Why do they feel the need to stick out their tongues while turning upside down or constantly say "cheese"? Sigh. Every once in a while I can get a nice shot of one of them, but to get a pic with all three together? Forget it! So for now, I'll have to stick to nature and still life stuff...while I pray for warmer weather, some sunshine, and a good park day. Good park days can be good picture days. Now I only have to wait six more weeks or so for that. Until then, this is about as good as I got...

Some shots of the waterfall in our backyard. Since I'm trying to play catch up with the challenges (because I'm a tad anal and need to catch up as I always have the need to be on top of things) this fulfills the challenges from week 4 (water) and week 9 (tell us something about you - I love waterfalls and nature and this is in my backyard, but I don't nearly appreciate it as much as I should).

SS 1.8 sec, f/11, ISO 100

SS .60 sec, f/16, ISO 100

We were finally able to get out on the ice. I figure these can count as week 5 (sports) and week 9 again (I have children who also like to be outdoors).

SS 1/250, f/8, ISO 200

SS 1/250, f/10,ISO 400

I thought I'd include a pic of my dd just being herself - messy face, dressing herself up exactly how she wants to - she LOVES these toy goggles of her brothers and it is a rare shot in that she is actually looking at the camera and not mugging for it. I'll put this in the week 2 them (introduction of myself - I have a dd

f/4, SS 1/60 sec, ISO 400

Here is a shot I was trying last week for week 9 (tell us something about you). I LOVE beads, love playing with them, creating jewelry, buying them, and love all the colors. Delicas are my fav seed beads.

SS 1/6 sec, f/4, ISO 100

So there you have a hodge podge of stuff that I've gotten over the past week or so! Funny how a few hundred pictures can be snapped and it is a struggle to come up with a handful to share here. Oh well, guess that is how it goes with learning this art of photography. Good thing it is digital! :-)


Hand Puppet said...

My favs are the second one, the toy goggles and the last one. Teh toy goggles pic just cracks me up - so cute!

Adrienne said...

These are great! I like that you took a bunch of pictures, and still posted them, tfs! I really love the first 2 shots, and of course your daughter with the goggles, too cute!

Teri said...

My fav is the second one also, great shot.