It is often joked that a painters house is always in need of paint and plumbers have leaky faucets. When you have a job that keeps you busy 40+ hours per week the last thing you want to do is the same tasks on your days off.
Rebecca and I love being photographers. We manufacture opportunities to practice our craft on our days off. Just ask the grandkids – they are, more often than not, the subjects of our “off hours” photos.
With the holiday season upon us we have no need to “manufacture” photo opportunities. It’s that time of year. Time for the yearly XMAS portraits. It’s also a good time to look back a year (or more) and see how children have grown.
The photos above are a couple of our favorites from last year’s holiday portraits. This year we took to the backyard for our photos.
It’s a very convenient location and can yield superb photos without the need for strobes or elaborate backgrounds.
We thought we’d have Jeremiah serve as our “assistant” while Ben & Destiny dressed for the occasion and while we waited for the “golden hour” light. Obviously he wasn’t interested in obliging.
We abandoned that approach and focused (pun intended) on his older siblings for a while.
Benjamin and Destiny work well together – they’ve been through this routine many times. We took photos with both of them and with each solo. I used a bit of Photoshop on Ben’s solo photo to give it a bit of edge. We like the result, shown below.
After Jeremiah was dressed we were able to get a few photos of all three. One could say Jeremiah was “in a mood” but we were able to snap a few frames with reasonable expressions as shown in the photos below.
So – we’ve bagged some of this year’s holiday photos. We’ll hope to get a new batch with Nathan and the older grandkids before XMAS comes and goes. Either way, we’re sure to have another great year of family/holiday festivities and we’ll have our cameras loaded and ready to capture precious moments.
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