Portrait time!

I’m not sure why I like pictures and making them so much, but I do. 

There’s just something about taking a photo that feels like finding, or making, a treasure that will last forever.  IMG_5395 cThe goal is to take an excellent image–not just any old picture.

Admittedly, the goal today was just to take a family portrait, but even that needs to be done with care.

The lighting needs to be soft for little ones, since I don’t have a scrim, we couldn’t shoot the picture I wanted (the boys in a field of daffodils) during the last week.

We wanted them in matching clothes, which was difficult, but not impossible.  When we go to Wal-Mart and buy clothes for the boys, we always try to get matching shirts, pants and shoes for the boys so we can take family portraits.  We buy white and black turtle neck shirts, some brown pants, and some blue pants and some black pants–for formals, we bought little tuxedos for them on ebay for $24.99 a piece for the x-mas shot.  The way we figure it, we only need to buy one per year for Mark, the others can always just wear his hand-me-downs.

Another big problem was we wanted them all pretty happy–so that meant taking the picture in the morning before 9 AM, because usually after that the naps don’t coincide to make them all both pleasant to be around awake.

We have a few photos like this of when I was young that my folks took–I think you know the kind of photo I mean, the ones that took a little bit more work and that do more than just document the ages, hair  styles, clothing, and relative sizes.

Today, with all the daffodils at about their maximum growth, and a nice overcast day, we just had to get out and take the beginning of summer photo.  Two hours after we took the photo, the workers came out and all the flowers had all been mowed down.

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One Response

  1. Awesome picture of the boys!! Good job!

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