Family Photos

25 Oct

My sister-in-law, brother-in-law and amazing niece (no I’m not biased) visited a couple weeks ago and while they were here we took some family photos.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziI’d like to make a big, bold statement right now. I’m not a professional photographer. I don’t even take my camera off the automatic settings. I just shift from the little mountain setting to the person’s head setting or, sometimes, when I’m feeling adventurous, to the little man running setting.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziI always try to talk people into using professional photographers. I have friends who actually take photos for a living and actually know what they are doing. You can’t get real quality without a pro. My friend, Kassi, actually just blogged about this very thing. If you look at the quality of pros like my friends at Big Star Photography, Double H Photography and Cowgirl Graphics, you’ll see a big difference.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziThat being said, I really do enjoy taking photos. My mom was always taking photos as I was growing up and I loved seeing how her pictures turned out. I remember getting my first camera and how excited I was to get the prints in the mail. It was a Kodak Advantix and you could mail the film off to get it developed. I took a lot of unnecessary photos of random objects. I probably spent a lot of birthday money on printing nonsense, but that is a 12-year-old girl’s prerogative.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziSo, when my sister-in-law requested I snap a few photos while they were in town, I argued with her, then agreed to do it.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziAll went well except we had trouble getting my niece to smile. She was determined to stare me down until the dog licked me in the face while I was crouched down with my camera. She thought it was hysterical! She also laughed and giggled when I let her throw corn at me. So, just remember, when you’re having trouble getting a toddler to smile in photos, just go with the Three Stooges theory.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziOver the years, I’ve learned a few Photoshop tricks so I’m usually able to adjust my photos the way I like. The most important thing I’ve learned about photography, or any hobby for that matter, is to just have fun.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziAnd an adorable 2 1/2 year old niece as a photo subject doesn’t hurt either.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziNow, go hire a professional.

Family Photos | The Farm PaparazziGod Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. – Proverbs 1:8-9

3 Responses to “Family Photos”

  1. Mary Neese October 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Gorgeous girl! Love the pigtails! And really nice candid shots, Liz. So much better than posed!

    • Steph November 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      How fun! These turned out really nice Liz 🙂 Toddlers are so much fun to take pictures of – they are so honest about how they feel about the whole thing!

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