I promise you, Instagram photos will not be a regular occurrence here. I am a dedicated DSLR shooter because I love the manual controls, the RAW format and the overall versatility that DSLR’s offer. Sometimes, though, the best camera is the one you happen to have on you. For most of us these days, that happens to be a smart phone camera. Not always the greatest photos, technically speaking, but definitely some of the most timely.
I had to run in to our local post office this afternoon and was struck by how peaceful my home town looked blanketed under snow. We received about 5 inches this afternoon and more is on the way.
This is one of my favorite photos of my oldest daughter–originally taken for the Flickr group, “Bench Monday.” Despite my 2012 watermark, I actually took it back in October of 2010 when she was two-going-on-three. She’s now four-going-on five and so much more worldly and mature than back then. Kids these days grow up unbelievably fast and especially on days like today, they have their innocence and sense of security stolen from them. It breaks my heart to think of the parents in Connecticut who will be planning funerals instead of their family holiday celebrations. This day has been forever altered by incredible evil.
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Today I met up with one of my college roommates and photographed her two adorable children. A. is in Kindergarten and a total natural when it comes to posing. She has huge, beautiful blue eyes and is one of the most photogenic kids I’ve worked with. L. is looking forward to his first birthday in a few weeks and is a happy, well-adjusted little guy. Both were decked out in their Coug gear [Washington State University Cougars, for those of you who don't know] and ready to brave the mid-thirties temps to get some photos.
I had a lens malfunction first thing and was feeling less than confident. After I get more of these worked on and backed up, I need to put my 50 mm back on the camera body and try to figure out what the problem is. Luckily, I had my 55-200 mm ready to go and we were able to proceed.
The location was in my home town, which is unfortunately experiencing something akin to urban decay, except it isn’t really urban. The decay, in the form of crumbling brick and peeling paint, makes a great backdrop for portraits but I would gladly trade it for a vibrant local economy. I guess at least a portrait session is something in the way of economic activity and more than this old brick wall has done in the past 25 years or so.
The above photo is easily my favorite shot from this session, with A. in mom’s boots and L. in dad’s. There was so much love between these two and you can see it in the way they look at each other. So sweet!