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Kaeden's 1st bithday...

To be honest, I'm not particularly happy with this batch of photos. I was painfully aware of not having a fast enough lense (big enough aperture)... But, as well as this, I was seriously in ameteur mode, with a capital A... I remembered to choose aperture, and went with AV so I didn't have to think about setting the speed. I mostly used autofocus, but did attempt manual focus a bit too. I even remember to have a go at different exposure levels. Yet, I had so much trouble getting half decent photos. Had terrible blurring issues. It was only when I got home I thought to check my ISO, and it was on 200 - argh! Remembering to think about all the differing variables is such a challenge still...

Oh well, here's what I got... These have all be photoshopped...

S1, so hard to catch this little one because she's uberaware of the camera (such an observant little soul!), but great mechancholy shots from her...

Z3, another quiet one, but I thought this was precious, nothing like mum for reassurance in a crowd!

Gosh, suddenly can't remember this little munchkins name or age (2 months?) - so cute, such wide eyes...

A4 (nearly), LOVE to photograph this little poppet!

I3, sister to Z3, also camera shy, but actually managed to catch a half smile here, yay!

J3 and E1 (brother and sister, if you couldn't tell). Lovely to catch J smiling!!!

And of course Bryn, my gorgeous little baldy boy!

The birthday boy! Kaeden, 1 on Tuesday... The light outside was quite harsh, which explains the typically Aussie squint, hehehe!

A meeting of the minds...

Check out these awesome be-tailed shorts, too cute!

Smiley boy...

The fabulous birthday cake!

I quite like this shot, was playing with the focus, and felt the colours worked really well here...

Big in breath - no, not the birthday girl, but rather the, now, tradition of each child having a go at blowing out the candles...

This is actually a picture of J3 in the background. So hard to catch this child's eyes, and they're such interesting eyes, very intense and serious for such a little guy!

Aw, my princess, love this child, seriously biased about her, almost as much as if she were my own, LOL - yes, now I sound like a stalker, but geez, she is lovely, isn't she :)...

Bryn, before the party - just showing me how he can undo his shoes now, all clean and handsome looking...

And at the end of the party, with the tell tale signs of chocolate cake and various other verboten foods on his face, trying to get my attention; "Mum, MUM, MUUUUUUUMMMMAAAA!"

This was a fab car I saw on the way to the party, took this photo to show Erik, not the best quality mind you...

Oh, and just had to take these to show how resourceful Bryn really is. He wanted some of this punch, but couldn't reach, so got himself a straw and...

Dip...


Suck...

He's clever, isn't he... Hope he didn't gross too many people out...

Comments

Nic and Beren said…
Oh i love those pictures Sif !!
hehehehe to Bryn trying to steal the punch.
HipbubbyMama said…
oh lovely pics!!! :) I think they're great, you're obviously being a perfectionist heehee!
Leah said…
OMG you have come leaps and bounds in such a very short time with your photography!! I was going to say which ones I especially liked the most, but it's about half of them LOL ... Audrey's billowing skirt and the candles, J and E together, S's hair repeated in the flowers on her dress, Z peaking over mum's shoulder, K in the dirt, Bryn down the side of the house LOL .....

And it is so lovely to read what you wrote about Audrey, every parents loves to hear their child is in someone else's heart as well :)
Amanda O. said…
Hey you still did far better than I would have attempting to go manual! I think when I start taking classes I'll stick to nice, easy still-lifes for a good long while! Moving children who shift by the time you've figured out what setting you wanted, changing it is hard work!

I know you say you're not very happy w/ this batch but I think the photo of S is very nice, really captures how she can be when she sees you looking! I also liked the one of A (who looks like a model every time I see her) and the close-up with Bryn's chocolate face for the lighting on the skin... lovely warm, luminescent look!

And... um... don't let Bryn show La that trick with the punch bowl. I have enough stuff being spilled! Clever little bubba though to figure out how to do that!!!

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