I have never known a baby to light up as much as Lola does when she’s emersed in water. Bathing for an 8 month old is not a daily chore but instead a full sensory experience. Her favourite game is catching the water droplets as they fall from the tap and letting the water roll down her arm. This is another ‘imperfect’ photo, full of noise from the low light of the bathroom but how could I resist capturing her nightly innocent fascination? All moments should be captured, not just those that occur in perfect light.
I tend not to take many landscape or seascape shots because I never feel as though I can do the scenery justice. Tonight, walking down by North Wollongong Beach the light glimmering on the water and subtle orange tones were too appealing to resist.
It was the perfect evening for a post-dinner stroll by the beach enjoying the company of three generations of the one family. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
You would think that a child with so much hair would be used to the process of washing it but in all his three years the task has never gotten easier. This photo was shot in our bathroom with relatively low light so I had to bump up the ISO to get a relatively crisp shot. As a result it’s a little ‘noisy’ but his expression is priceless nonetheless.
It was a big day for our family with our dear little nephew, Archie, celebrating his first birthday. This photo captures his personality perfectly – a fun and active little guy who just never stops smiling. This photo is (in my opinion) a triumph of modern editing and goes to show the value of shooting in RAW format. Due to the harsh sunlight in the background Archie appeared as a dark silhouette but using the RAW file I was able to salvage the photo by decreasing the shadows (in Adobe Lightroom) to reveal his gorgeous face.
I could do a month’s worth of posts with the photos I took today but will settle for just three.
We went out for a picnic with family along the shores of Lake Illawarra. While we were in lovely surrounds Lola like most babies was instead focussed on the simple things – crunching sand and tiny stones between her fingers.
This photograph was my first proper attempt at an Adobe Photoshop edit. I usually use Adobe Lightroom which in my opinion is easier and quicker to use but the editing possibilities seem limitless in Photoshop and I was really impressed with the outcome.
I have always utilised natural light for my photography however since being asked to take on a job photographing moving dancers I thought I would invest in some studio lighting equipment. It arrived today and my (poor, long-suffering) test subject was put through his paces. He grew tired of the job quite quickly as you can very well tell from the expression on his face.
Fortunately Tim and Lola stepped in to relieve the pressure.
I have so many lovely photos of these two it is hard to keep track of them – the bond between father and son is really something special. This photo was taken in the afternoon playing with the hose, in between watering the plants, in our garden. Late afternoon is my favourite time to shoot (sometimes referred to as ‘the golden hour’) because the sunlight is of a lower intensity which means the colours are not washed out by the harsh direct light.
Just a week prior to this Oscar had a crippling fear of swimming but after a positive trip to the local pool had gained some confidence and finally enjoyed splashing about with Tim’s guidance. The North Wollongong beach pool was a new frontier and as you can tell from his vice-like grip he was a little nervous about this experience. However, once in the water he quickly relaxed and splashed around. I did my best to capture a few action shots from the water’s edge.
I love watching my second born, Lola, sleep (and enjoying the peace and quiet that goes along with it) so thought I would try capturing her precious little face peeking through the cot bars.
These photos are far from perfect – the extreme darkness in the room pushed my camera body to the limit and the result of having to bump up the ISO to compensate left the images very ‘noisy’. It’s easy to be a perfectionist and avoid taking photos when conditions aren’t absolutely perfect but the conditions of life are rarely perfect and I’ve come to realise that it’s important to capture these moments regardless. I like to think that the beauty of the moment outweighs the technical flaws.