So…Are You Going To Take My Picture Or What?

Impromptu Portrait 125mm, f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 400

When I sat down at the dinner table this evening I found this grin staring at me.  How could I not get the camera out?  I used my Canon 5D mkii with the 70-200mm f/2.8 — shooting wide open to blur the window frames and scenery outside as much as possible.  I bounced a flash off the wall behind me.  There was no posing, very little attention to what was in the frame, and only minimal attention to composition.  I spent most of my efforts on catching my daughter’s eyes in focus.  With the shallow DOF and my daughter’s constant motion it was tough and I missed it a lot.  How could I not love the pictures anyway?  I took 60-70 shots and ended up with quite a few keepers.

Editing was all done in Lightroom — white balance, slight crops, exposure, contrast, vignette, and a tad bit of noise reduction.  I did none of the typical overdone baby skin stuff.  In fact, I did no “retouching” at all (it would have been a lot of work to fix all those healing chicken pox marks anyway).  No skin edits, no eye enhancements.  They are cute enough the way they are 🙂

8 responses

  1. She is gorgeous and these portraits are so fun and lovely. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    April 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    • Thanks, it’s hard not to get the camera out constantly!

      May 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

  2. Ian Beattie

    Such a Cutie and already has dad wrapped around her little finger

    May 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    • Yes, I’m completely smitten…no matter how many daughters I have (she’s the 7th) it never changes 🙂

      May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

  3. Great series, she looks like she is ready to take off in the last one!

    May 1, 2012 at 9:03 am

    • Yes! We got some really fun stuff out of these pics (there are a *bunch* more).

      May 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

  4. Great portraits! And the Bumbo is one of the greatest baby inventions.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • Yes — love the Bumbo! First child we’ve had one for (not sure how long they’ve been around…)

      May 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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