I pretty much take all the pictures around here. Well, a majority of the non-cell phone ones anyway. I have lots of pictures of the kids with and without Andy; pictures of each child individually and together. On occasion, I hand my camera off or I set up my tripod and grab my remote, but it’s been about a year since the last time I did the latter.
On Saturday afternoon, a fairly substantial snow storm hit the front range.
You might be somewhat amused by the general response around here. We do live in Colorado after all….
The thing that many people don’t know about Colorado, especially the Denver Metro Area is: it’s not Minnesota. Or upstate NY or New England for that matter. The kind of snow we usually get here is pretty powdery, only lasts a day (or even a half-day), and melts away within 24 hours. Plus, a I’d say a pretty large percentage of the population originate from places like California and Texas, so… yeah.
Hey, I’m from NJ and I freaked out a little when our fridge broke on Friday. Must. have. supplies.
Believe it or not, the weather’s actually pretty moderate here. Sssshhh! Beautiful views, as many sunny days as Florida, 4 real seasons, and moderate weather. Don’t everyone move here at once.
In any case, we got about a foot. This was my outside view on Saturday afternoon, when the storm rolled in:
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/3200 sec at f/1.4, ISO500)~
AND this was my indoor view:
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/100 sec at f/2, ISO 1250)~
The boys were watching a movie in the other room and soon after running around, yelling at each other, and getting into trouble. It can be difficult to catch that with my camera, but trust me when I say, it appears way more calm around here than it actually was most of the weekend. Little Miss Naomi, however, does add such a bright and calming presence.
When Sunday rolled around, church services were cancelled, everyone recommended staying off the roads, I hadn’t left the house in two days and the boys were busy
killing each other, um, playing in the basement, what did I do? Got showered and dressed and grabbed my camera to get in some photos with the still peaceful child.
I’m pretty much always behind the camera and the one person I have few, if any real pictures with is Naomi.
As always, I started by getting shots of just her. Because, how could I not?!
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/1000 sec at f/1.4, ISO 500)~
Then, I set the camera on my dresser, got in the frame, and played with my baby!
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/60 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800)~
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/160 sec at f/4.0, ISO 500)~
~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/125 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800)~
These are the kind of shots I especially love to capture for others. Especially other moms, since we’re so often the ones taking the pictures. You don’t need a backdrop, studio lighting, a tripod, or a remote, just a clean, decluttered space near a window, a camera with a timer, and somewhere to place your camera. There’s nothing more special than the simple, playful, full-of-love moments in a familiar, comfortable setting. Of course, I’d love to be the one to take lifestyle photos for you, but however you do it, take some time this year to get in front of your camera with your kids! Even if you never show them to anyone, I believe you and your children will treasure them forever. I know I treasure all the ones I’ve taken over the years.