Monday, September 1, 2008

Portraits Challenge 4

I didn't get to go out and take to many new portraits or classic type portraits, with my health condition this past month. So I went through and picked out some photos I love. There aren't many because most of my pictures are of my daughter, husband, and daughter's friends, and I wasn't so sure about posting her friends pictures. So the first picture is my husband Brett at my daughters school fun fest with the green monkey she won him at the fun fest

Then my group shot, my daughter and her friend, entertaining the youngest cousin in our family. The baby is my cousins granddaughter. Isn't she precious.
This picture is Brinn and her new hair cut I took it Saturday we all had our haircut that morning. Brinn went with the stylish bob for her new 4th grade look.

Okay here is my one and only semi decent attempt at a self portrait. I have my new haircut, which is really short. I was feeling brave, and wanted all the old crackling dry hair cut off. It's bit blurry but not so bad with out a tripod.

This beautiful woman is my mom on her 80th birthday. I love this picture of my mom, she looks so happy. Mom had a stroke 4 years ago, and is doing amazing. She lives independent, and even though she has trouble with her ability to speak, and she is no longer allowed to drive, she's managed to adjust and enjoy her life as it is now.

Last but not least is Violet. Violet is Brinns oldest and dearest friend. Violet has been to the emergency room for stitches twice and earaches, she's also been to the dentist for 2 extractions, and on almost every vacation and overnight. Thankfully she's washable.

Oddly enough Violet's portrait, I think actually was the only one I was able to get the blurred background effect I wanted. Oh well.

As for a tip. I would say a tripod is essential, and when your are photographing a portrait pay close attention to what's in the background. Most of my photo's backgrounds are very distracting, but Violet is sharp compared to whats behind her. Bonus I even caught the light in her little plastic blue eye.


Jane said...

These are fabulous!!! wonderful self portrait shot!!!!!!!!!

Mel said...

Great shots Carol! Violet's precious!

Sandie Dunn said...

Fantastic choices! I can see why you picked them. Love the group shot. It's such a great composition. I had to totally crack up when I saw Violet! She's adorable! Love the new haircut too! Looks great!

Elizabeth said...

Great shots Carol! Love the group shot.