to appease the family

I was recently informed by a certain family member that while pictures of parsley and eyeshadow are well and good, (s)he was needing some pictures of the kids; especially the boys. They have been conspiciously absent from the blog since school started.

I want to point out that portrait photography is not my forte; I really struggle with it. To those that do it and do it well...I applaud you! It's HARD!

Drew used to be my easiest child to photograph. Those big green eyes, the perfect non-smile expression. But lately, he has been doing this thing with his face where it looks like he has a chin implant. (Not that there's anything wrong with that).

I was testing out a new lens last weekend...the 70-200mm f/4. I was zoomed in most of the way on these shots, placing me much farther away from Drew. It's easier when mom is not weilding a camera 6 inches in front of your face.

I discovered you have to hold a telephoto lens very steady. I will have better examples of this when I post some pictures of the Tiny Tornado. Let's just say there were a few "misses" in terms of focus.

If you're thinking I've lost my mind and got carried away with the vignetting here, worry not. I didn't add any vignette to this picture at all. Drew was standing in a doorway, and the lighting was amazing.

Here's a hint of the aforementioned chin implant.

THIS is my Drew! This is his natural look. Silly, goofy, sweet, and sporting two grown-up teeth that his little Kindergarten self hasn't quite grown into yet.

And here's a sneak peek of the Tiny Tornado in action. I'll have a few more to post over the next few days.

I'm so behind on my blog reading. If you've left me a comment, and I haven't stopped by your blog yet, I'll be there soon! ♥


Aleasing said...

That's what I am talking about ^_^

Looking forward to the 9th Celebration of our oldest "angel"!!!!

Jess said...

No no no no no. NO! The 70-200 2.8 with IS, THAT is the zoom you want. Take my word for it. Yeah, having to hold that thing steady... the IS is worth every penny!

Beautiful portraits Karli, looks like a really neat location too.

Jhen.Stark said...

Oh my goodness, You have such a handsome son and your portrait session turned out wonderful!!!!!

Anonymous said...

These are so adorable! Wonderful photos!

Ashley Sisk said...

You seriously have beautiful children. I don't think you suck with portraits at all. Can you just come down when I have my children and take pictures for me. :)

Sheri said...

Oh Karli these are wonderful shots!!!! Seriously, you are so good with portraits!

Kathryn said...

I love all your pics....even the parsley....but I must say......these are *way* cuter than the parsley. :)

Karen said...

They are all adorable! I see what you are talking about with the light and I know nothing about photography.
As always I love looking! Brings smiles - enjoy them!

Brooke G. said...

You did an amazing job!!! I have a hard time getting my guys to look natural too!!

Anonymous said...

These are fantastic! What an adorable little boy - I love that last shot of him! Of course, the tiny tornado is always so cute!

Ashley said...

Gorgeous shots!!

Natalie said...

Great job on these, Karli! I think you can stop saying you're no good at portraits. ;-)

Clare B said...

But what a cool mohawk he's sporting! And I think you take great portrait photographs.

Bean said...

Drew is such a cutie! I love the one with him grinning! :)

And the Tiny Tornado is adorable of course... can't wait to see more from that photo shoot later!

Adeena said...

He's grown up so much! There's quite a difference from the pictures in your header.

I *LOVE* the last shot of him!! The teeth are awesome. :D Michael still has baby teeth up top.

Livia is looking so big, too. A girl, not a baby. Sniff.

elizabeth said...

loving your photos - I don't think it's true when you say portraits are not your forte - I think they are amazing

good to be home and catch up on my friends!

Kayce said...

Amazing pictures of your Drew!

Nat said...

Love the eyes...he is too cute! You are a great photographer and your kids are great subjects!

Jboo said...

Oh my -- those photos are gorgeous! What cuties you have there!


Susan said...

Beautiful green eyes. Lovely photos. Adorable kids!