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, February 11, 2008

POTD - Week 7: Love

I love being a stay at home mom. Sure there are some days that I feel like I'm really going to lose it and wish I had the luxury of adult conversation, mental stimulation beyond Moo-Baa-La-La-La, grown up clothes and lunches out. But then one of my children does somthing so sweet or gives me a look that just melts my heart. And then I know I made the right decision to stay home and be with them. Today was one of those days.









I get very little good natural light in my house so I've been practicing with my flash. Wish I could get better at it and get some nice catch lights. Suggestions??? All shot in manual mode with flash & cloudy lightsphere (angled at about 45 degrees). Ap & SS varied (and I'm too lazy to go back and look up what they were!).
:-)

24 comments:

Nicole said...

OH that is so sweet. I love her little face. I"m struggling with inside lights also, so no help here.

pakosta said...

well you do great with flash! i am jealous! looks like you have great light though!!! she's soooooo CUTE!
i LOVE the b/w ones!
tara

oh and i have great light in my house and still struggle with indoor LOL!

Mom2Drew said...

Catchlights are tough with a flash...a lot of it is placement. Experiement with different bouncing and diffusing, but they really look good...nice and clear/crisp. BTW...I like being a SAHM too.

cari said...

You did a great job on these!!! I love the color shots. They are so bright.
Cari

Sarah Phipps said...

those pictures came out wonderful. Love the goggles, and the last one melted my heart.

Ginnie said...

I just love those pictures... I can't pick a favorite. As for suggestions with the flash, I'm no help. I'm still trying to figure mine out.

cherie said...

sorry no help with inside shots. she sure is cute.

Anonymous said...

Such a cute little face she is making. I like the b/w here.

Val said...

Oh she is so precious!! Just love these

Kari said...

How adorable! It's those moments that make it all worth it!

As for flash, I think you did a great job. For better catchlights try bouncing off a wall.

Liz said...

Love the third shot, so beautiful!
Being a SAHM is the best!!!! I love being home for my kids when they get off the bus.

Amy said...

She couldn't be any cuter! Great shots, I think you did really well with the flash.

Melissa said...

Those first two crack me up and the second two are just beautiful!

Mandy said...

Oh my word! I just love these so much. You did such a fantastic job with that flash girl! Holy smokes.

I know what you mean about being a stay at home mom. Sometimes it is tough, but the rewards are many for sure.

Bobbi said...

You are so lucky to stay home! Great shots :)

Jodi said...

that first one just cracks me up!!

Kelly said...

Great job with the flash. I wouldnt have known it wasn't natural light. great job

Becky said...

I think these look great. She is so cute with those goggles.

Deborah said...

I think you're doing great with your flash!! SOmetimes if it is too bright for my taste, even with bouncing, I decrease the flash exposure compensation on the flash itself. HTH!

Melissa said...

What an absolute doll!!! I think you did a great job with flash! Your conversions are beautiful!

Scrapper88 said...

Too cute!! Shes adorable, love her eyes!! I bet its a real treat to stay home and watch them grow.

Tori said...

These are great! Love the mask!

mom2three said...

Sooo cute!!

periwinkle eye images said...

Goggle shot #2 is SO precious. (( can't access italics for this comment!) Wow. I think that would look so cool as a large print. That is a shot a grandma would love. Great color; great work! ML