My how life has changed since the arrival of little Ella...a fantastic, yet sleepless two months it has been. The little rascal's sleep patterns are about as consistent as my ever changing diet plans!
Most of my photography has been centered around Ella, as you can see in this week's picture of the week. Babies are perfect subjects for photographers because they are super cute and fun to work with. Noticed I said fun and not easy. It may appear Ella is sitting there patiently while I snap photos until my heart is content, however, that was not the case. Some advice to my fellow photographers out there looking to add infants and toddlers to your portfolio...bring a lot of patience and disk space to the photo shoot.
For every great photo I take of Ella there are close to 30-40 shots that do not make the cut for reasons such as closed eyes, excessive drool, raspberries (bubbles), loss of balance and crying that translates to "The party is over Dad!" Each of the reasons I just listed can occur at any moment during the shoot, which means you have a very small window of opportunity to capture the perfect shot.
Looking at the photo of Ella it appears she is sitting up on her own, however, my wife is preventing her from falling over (see original photo below). Ella sat through five minutes of shooting before she started to get fussy, which was just enough time to capture a nice shot. Trying to get her to smile works best in the morning—this is her most playful time. Looking at the photo, you can probably guess I did not take the shot in the morning, but she is still super cute with or without the smile.
The backdrop used in the photo looks like something straight out of a Glamour Shots photo—thank you Aaron! 🙂 I decided to ditch the gradient pinks and grays from the 80's backdrop and converted the background to the gray you see in the photograph. I used Adobe Photoshop to desaturate the background and to remove my wife's arm from the photo. I still laugh at myself for saying the words, "I will not use post-processing techniques on my photos." LOL!!!
I hope you all enjoy the photo and have a fabulous day!
Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.
~ Walt Disney
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: Paint Balloon Fight
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/100
- Aperture: f/7.1
- ISO: 400
- Lens: 28-105mm L
- Focal Length: 32 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Custom
- External Flash: 430 EX II