Friday, 11 December 2009

Bathime fun

I suddenly realised today that I had not really taken any photo's of Zack over the last month. He turned 13 months on the 7th and I didn't pick up the camera. I think I might join one of the 365 things on the 1st Jan to force me to pick the camera up everyday.

Anyway, Zack was quite whiney this morning so I decided to give him a bath. It worked, he stopped moaning and just enjoyed splashing around. It is one of the best places to take photo's of him these days as it's not like he can go far!

Here's a few snaps I took and then I tried a couple of different edits.

Bathtub fun

Growing up too fast

Was going for a soft, kind of dreamy look


At least I can keep him nearly in 1 place in the bath!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas pics - outtakes!

This one is not an outtake as such, I do like the pic, but didn't want to use it for the card:


These ones are the proper outtakes!

A typical day in my house now the tree is really up

Is it wrong I think this is funny?!

Hat hating baby!

Christmas pics

It's been a while. At this time of year, I tend to find I go into a bit of a funk as I prefer natural light photography, plus 2 of my boys are at an age where they don't really want to cooperate and it just makes things stressful. I did however make time to try and get a photo I could use for Christmas cards. I didn't really get a single shot that I felt I could use. Sure, they were cute, but not really what I had hoped, so decided to use 3 seperate pics of the boys, which in itself created another issue as by the time I tried to get a shot of Z on his own, he was crying.

Here's what I got in the end:

Santa C

Santa J

Santa Z

The original of the baby:
Original Santa Z

The Christmas card!
Merry Christmas from my family to yours


I decided to have a very quick play today while the baby was napping. I don't have any incense, so just used a candle, so only about 30 seconds to capture any smoke made. I can't wait to try this again and get better compositions.



Hednesford Raceway

On Sunday afternoon, we took the boys to Hednesford Raceway to watch the ministox cars, reliant robins and banger car racing. They also had a firework display in the evening. It was a good opportunity to try my hand at firework photography for the 1st time.

Hednesford Raceway at dusk


Ohhh, pretty!

Fireworks at the Raceway

My best attempt

Cake smash!

On Sunday morning, I took Zack's cake smash photo's. Well, I say cake smash.... was more of a cake tickle. He liked the cake & icing, but wasn't keen on being too dirty & sticky! I spent yesterday knocking together a collage/storyboard

Cake Smash

1st Birthday studio portraits

In the afternoon, we took Zack's 1st birthday portraits on my new seamless backdrop

Ist Birthday studio portraits

Playing "where's the baby?"
"where's the baby?"

nose crinkle

A boy and his balloons

Standing solo

Happy 1st Birthday little man!!!

Zack's 1st birthday was on Saturday. We didn't have any plans for Saturday apart from spending the day together and having lots of fun. He opened some gifts in the morning with the help of his brothers. I set up the OCF & umbrella so that the lighting would look more natural. Here are the snapshots taken during the morning.

Happy 1st Birthday little man!!

His throne

Brothers pulling together


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A weekend visit to the Toc-H trail on the chase

Dh stayed behind to clean the bathroom and do some tidying (he actually wanted to listen to the villa game), so I took the boys out on my own, nothing new there (rolleyes)

Anyway, just a couple of shots from there, the boys were pretty uncooperative and it's best to give up than get angry.

Bridge reflections

3 Musketeers

Toc-H trail

My 1st try at a storyboard

I made this up as part of a weekly competition/challenge on a photo site I use. This weeks theme was "my town". For once, I pretty much knew right away what I wanted to photograph and knew that there were too many little things to not include them in the "big picture" Anyway, I found this on ILP and it was easier than I thought, I don't know why I wanted so long, lol!

I am happy with how this turned out, I think the autumnal colours really pull it all together. From the top: Stag fountain outside the council office, 2 of my boys on a path, colliery wheel outside the Chase museum, part of the war cemetery, stag on the Chase.

"My Town" storyboard

Some "studio" work and a conversion of an earlier shot: 17th October 2009

Posted 27th October 2009

A conversion of J. I heart this!

PICT6519 copy

C with sharpening

The next pic was a snap shot I took of Z, but had forgotten to check my settings, so the pic was quite overexposed, but showed his eyes off beautifully, so I tried something different in PP, which is quite different for me, then for comparison, something a little more toned down.

High key attempt

Gorgeous eyes!

I bought myself a shoot through umbrella yesterday in readiness for Z's 1st birthday and decided to practice on him.

I also bought Z his 1st pair of shoes! Here he is showing them off!

This pic made me LOL! Z is breastfed..... I bet he wished this was real!