Happy Easter – Errr, Ummm, Well…Have A Nice Day

Hey, Look at Me

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it…

and also to everyone just going along for the ‘Easter Sunday’ Brunch.

…And for everyone else, Have a Nice Day!!!

Here in San Diego it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous day; perfect weather for spending it with family and friends. Speaking of which, here are a couple shots of the kids horsin’ around.

Easter Treasure Hunting

Easter Treasure Hunting

Under Mother's Watch

Never Out of Mommy’s Sight

There are lots more pics in the New Kid’s Gallery Here . Or follow the link in the Album Menu at the top of every page.

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Never Too Early

Photographer In Training

Every time I pick up the camera to fire off a few shots of Kaleb, at some point he always reaches out to touch the lens, so I figured I’d let him get his hands dirty by handing him a camera to play with. It certainly stopped him in his tracks, and gave me a few seconds to shoot him while he sat still.
I even had time to set up my flash on a stand while he fiddled with the various buttons, knobs, and dials. While the concept of looking through the viewfinder or pointing the lens at something is still beyond his grasp, I figure it’s never too early to let him explore. I hope that he and I will be able to make images together, and with a little luck, his talents and skills will far surpass my own. At least he will be comfortable both in front of, and behind the camera.

Photographer In Training

Photographer In Training

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Portraits of Kids

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I’ve been building a collocation of kid portraits lately, so I figured I would show off some of their bright smiling faces. 

Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids


Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids


Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids


Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids


Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids


Portraits of Kids

Portraits of Kids

 

 

 

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Kayleigh’s Modeling Talent’s

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Last weekend, Kayleigh and I had a really quick photo shoot in my father’s front yard. The only direction I gave her was, “Stand here, and face this way.” I then took a step back, and was amazed as she went through a quick series of poses. This entire series took less than a couple minutes to shoot. Where in the world did she pick this stuff up? Who knows. One thing is certain, she’s a natural.

Under the Lemon Tree

Under the Lemon Tree

Under the Lemon Tree II

Under the Lemon Tree II

The Lucky Leaf

The Lucky Leaf

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The Ring Bearer, The Finishing Touch

The Final Touches

Today’s quick shot is of a very young man getting the boutonniere pinned to his lapel at Matthew and Brandy’s wedding. This little guy certainly was a charm factory.

The Final Touches

The Final Touches

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The Main Attraction At The Zoo

Hill Slidin'

Today, we’re revisiting the Santa Barbara Zoo because it has a main attraction, well, at least for our family. In the center of the zoo, there is a children’s play area where there is an astroturf covered mound. This mound is usually populated with kids and their parents toting around cut up card board boxes for one purpose…to slide down its slopes. The designers of this play area ought to be commended for coming up with this, the idea is simple, yet effective. All you need is to look at the gleeful faces of the children. Parents, if you’re lucky, you might even have a chance to take a seat and rest a bit, unless of course your little one demands you join them.

 

Hill Slidin'

Hill Slidin'

Favorite Foto Friday

The Flower Girl

Children have a uniqueness  about them at a wedding. Especially when they are the ones selected to be the ring bearer, or flower girl, there are two types out there, the ones that are shy, and ones that shine, both are adorable to shoot. Today, I’m featuring a little girl that shines radiant, and bright.

The Flower Girl

The Flower Girl

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Taking Better Pictures of Children

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I’ve got a tip for today’s quick-shot, and it’s pretty simple one too. When you’re at a family get together, there is bound to be a child or two running about. Too often I see my own family whip out a camera, and aim it down to take a shot of the little ones. Unless you’re particularly fond of that angle, you might as well take a picture of your feet…sorry…but it just isn’t an attractive angle. My suggestion, get down at the child’s level, or lower if you can, and take a shot. Your picture will be, and feel better for it, although your knees might think otherwise. You can capture the same emotion, the same action, resulting in a better composed image. Who knows, you might just wow yourself.

An added bonus, kids are sometimes like dogs when you kneel to their level, them become even more full of life, and a happy child is hard not to resist. Unlike dogs, they won’t lick your face, so the handkerchief can stay in the pocket.

If you think I get down on my hands and knees to take a picture of children, think again. I am guilty of being a bit lazy sometimes, but I am always happier with a picture when I do take the time to get down on the ground. Here is one such “lazy” moment:

Drumming up a kiss

Drumming up a kiss

Here is another picture taken on the same day, I couldn’t get any lower unless I dug a trench. If I remember correctly, I did need a hand getting up though, but hey, a little work goes a long way.

Yellow Balloon

Yellow Balloon

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