Friday, November 30, 2012

For Christine....He's a Natural

Well, Christine, here they are. I know I told you I'd have these done by the end of the weekend, but, well, I couldn't wait. So, I went through them in between Spelling and Anatomy. During Math, but before Argument and after Writing.
I'll feel justified in only having one eye on the boys' work today if you love them as much as I do.

Here are the Headshots:

Headshot Red Sweater
Holy cuteness, Batman!

I know there are six photos there and you only need five, but, you'll have to narrow it down, because I couldn't. I'd have to agree in exponents on your "photogenic" description of him. As long as 'photogenic' includes the words 'really, really cute' in it's definition.

On to the Full Body Shots:

Full Body stool
Love the way he's holding his fingers in this.
... And now for some "Personality!" (Boy's got it)

Personality Rock Climb wave
So perfect

Personality eyebrow raised
Ha Ha! Now that's talent!

Personality banister scream
Nico and Enzo wanted to know how he did this!

...and what's sure to be his favorite:

 So, there they are. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

P52/Week 46: "Something Old Something New"

I've committed myself to participating in a photography project called Project 52, where each week there's a challenge to take a photo with a particular theme and enter it on the group Flickr site.

I seem to have interpreted the theme of "Something Old, Something New" to mean "Before and After." But, whatever.

I've been wanting to do this for a while. I took the photo on the left of the boys last year, early in 2011. I thought it was pretty good (shaking head), but as soon as it was printed, I could see it wasn't. The biggest crime is that the banjo heads are brighter than their faces. I won't bother to list all of the other problems with it. I trust you to see the crap that it is.

So, I've been wanting to try this again just to prove that I could. And so I did.

P52/Week 46: "Something Old Something New"I had lots of problems, not the least of which is that the boys are so much bigger now, I had trouble getting them far back enough in our confined space and still fit them in the frame. They're sitting on the coffee table and I was perched on the couch head pushed back against the window as far as it would go. But, that may have helped to not allow the banjos to seem so bright and to keep focus more on their faces.

There's lots more that's better about it, but, again, I'll trust you to compare so that I don't have to call myself names in public. :-)  Let's just say I'm happy I managed to redeem myself, however marginally.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

... Another Nail Biter

So sorry for all the drama. I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles to know whether I'd manage to make our "Leaf Pictures" tradition happen this year.  Ahhh, welcome, relief, we got 'em in.

Sure the thermometer read 40 degrees. Sure the only color left on the trees was yellow from the Norway Maples and maybe a hint of red from I-don't-know-whats because Kate St. John hasn't done a blog post on that. Sure, we should have been making the food for the boys' Spanish class party tomorrow....

But, daggumit, a woman needs peace of mind knowing she's done what she must and I tonight I will rest easily knowing I have these to document what my children looked like in front of a bunch of colorful trees in 2012:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Forgive My Prolific Posts

I just can't help but swoon over the photos I've been getting out of this camera, so feel free to tune me out if I'm getting annoying. Making up for lost time, yes, but just in awe of the photos.

Here's a few from the show the Banjo Club had today.

Look at them!!

Never get tired of photographing her.

What did you, sleep with that thing?

In an early morning try out of my new lenses, I managed to get some great lifestyle shots of the boys eating their breakfasts. (Poor things... nothing's off the record. )

I thought I'd post one for Sweet Shot Tuesday:

Love the way he's looking at me.  Good thing he loves me so much. ha ha

Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

Sunday, November 11, 2012

P52/Week 45: "Hot and Cold"

I've committed myself to participating in a photography project called Project 52, where each week there's a challenge to take a photo with a particular theme and enter it on the group Flickr site.

This week's theme is "Hot and Cold." Neither hot nor cold here, which means neither frosty mugs nor frosty noses to photograph. I was a bit stumped, but when I took a break from my computer and headed into the bathroom, I was greeted by the fabulous light that streams in every afternoon into that room.

I've often thought of taking photos in there, but, well, it's not a large room and I couldn't really imagine the toilet as a backdrop in any photo that I'd love. So, I figured all that light was simply for me to admire.  But, today in a last minute surge of the-pressure's-on creativity, I realized hot and cold was right in front of me and illuminated beautifully.

P52:Week 45: "Hot and Cold"

Enzo assured me that it was too obvious for the theme and probably everyone else would be having the same idea. Probably so. But, I'm glad I got the chance to photograph in the bathroom anyway.


Just when I thought I wasn't going to get Halloween costume poses in for the year because of my camera problems, the perfect storm of Hurricane Sandy, which delayed Halloween, a new camera for my birthday (!! :-) !!) and absolutely unseasonable gorgeous weather came to fruition in one weekend.

Oh, and I just happened across a Facebook page, called Abandoned & Interesting Places in Western PA, which featured a log cabin in a neighborhood not-so-far away, which, I knew would make a perfect backdrop for my little frontiersman.

Et voila!

Boy knows how to pose
Boy knows how to shoot??  This from a boy who wasn't allow to play with even Playmobil guns until he was 8!
He's made up for lost time, I'd say.
That golden sun!

 For Enzo, my little don't-call-me-cowboy-I'm-a-Bounty-Hunter, we went to the park to use the wooden fence, but when we got to the log cabin site, I spotted some tall grasses and paired with the setting sun, knew it would be perfect. So we took more.

Fully in character

Loved the opportunity to shoot his cap gun.

This one's for Mama
See what I mean about the grass and golden setting sun?

 Then.... when we were done, I had promised I'd take the boys to Target to pick up a toy they'd been saving for and I saw the beautiful sunset,.. well, let's just say, those boys earned their trip to the store.

I can't stop looking at this one. I think it's my favorite photo I've ever taken.

Love. It.