Sunday, December 18, 2011

What Mom Does While the Kids are Busy...

You may have noticed that I have a new photo over there under my "About Me" heading.  I've been meaning to take some new self-portraits for a while, as the photo I was previously using was from two years ago, and cropped out of a family shot!  Isn't it funny how there are never any photos of ourselves in our albums?  I try to make a point of having my husband take photos every so often, so I am in some of them, but even then, they usually are photos of me holding one of the kids, and not just of me by myself...

So anyway, long story short, I decided to take some new photos a couple weeks ago while the kids were occupied (I think Avery was napping, and the other two were playing).  I had straightened my hair that morning (it usually looks best that way), and was dressed nicely, so the timing was right!
The first round was done by setting my camera up on a few pillows of the right height, and setting the auto-timer.  I wanted to have some of my artwork in the background, so I sat on the couch.  I took about 50 photos (no joke!), but wasn't terribly happy about any of them!!  These two were my best though.

But by then, I was really determined to get something I liked!  So I changed my tactics and set up in front of the bathroom mirror!

 
A slight outfit change, and a vintage sheet draped over the shower curtain, and time for a reshoot!  This time, since I was able to check the photos immediately after taking them, I was able to adjust my poses, etc. much more easily.

It took a while to figure out the angles while holding the camera, but that actually led to some pretty interesting shots in itself!
   

After some editing on Picnik, I'm very pleased with the results! I think these photos will work for another two years, if it takes me that long again to do new ones!

6 comments:

My Vintage Mending said...

Corey this is the story of my life. I have cropped my photo out of a family photo. I love to photograph my family but am not great about putting myself in them. This looks like something that I need to put on my list. Well done...Merry Christmas...Renee

Kim K. said...

Beautiful pictures, Corey. I'm terrible about letting myself be part of the pictures. I prefer to be the one holding the camera. Your necklace is just lovely. I've been admiring it in every picture.

A bird in the hand said...

Mom is quite lovely...
Now I can really see where Avery got her eyes. xo

scrapsynthe said...

Hi

vos photos sont superbes,
très bonne prise des photos surtout celles avec le miroir.

Goodbye
Isabelle alias scrapsynthe ABS

Daniele Valois said...

wonderful! I use a pretty sheet in our bathroom too, although light is always my issue. These are really nice. I am going nutzoid over here about your camera strap. I should show you mine. My mom gave it to me when she bummed around Europe before I was born. How vintage!

MissShapes said...

It's so nice to see the Mama faces too! I love all the shots...but especially the last ones! The vintage sheet idea was genius and gives such a nice backdrop. :-)

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