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boydsmith40
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My wife was unable to line up a couple of the photographers she knew to take our son's photos, so I brought home the camera and tried my hand at it.

These are for his 2 year photos that will most likely go up on the wall. Critiques welcome...

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I had a Superman style shirt under that with an L instead of an S. Was trying to get him to stand there and hold it open but he wasn't going for that. Then just tried unbuttoning the shirt and getting him to run at me. Unfortunately he would never look up at me while running so I just couldn't get that shot.

There is always next weekend.

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Mar 24, 2013 at 01:32 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Well, Boyd- my suggestion is to never get anyone else to photograph your son, and you take him out for photo shoots at least once a month for the next several years.
These are excellent pics by any realistic measure, and since it's your kid and your canine member of the family- each image is priceless.
More than a couple of these shots had me smiling and laughing.
Charlie
Oh, and don't "over-direct" him- he does fine like this.



Mar 24, 2013 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


I appreciate the comment!

One thing I love is actually getting a reaction from others when viewing the photos I take, good or bad.

Also appreciate the advise. As I think back on the park today I can see where the "over-direct" comment played in...



Mar 24, 2013 at 01:46 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


While I would have liked to have seen a little sharper focus on your son's face in each, I must say they are all adorable images. Photographing little ones can be difficult since they often hold a pose for only milliseconds.

Good job!

Thanks!
Bruce



Mar 24, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Oh- two more suggestions:
NEVER tell or ask him to "Look at the camera." If you want him to look at you, say something else that'll make him look. And be ready to click the shutter NOW. If he has to wait for you, that'll be when you start getting all those terrible, frozen-smile, phony pics people take of their children.
NEVER tell or ask him to smile. If you can't say or do anything that causes him to smile naturally- they quickly move on to something else.
The best pics will be more of what you have here- your son being himself.
Charlie
Oh, the hat and tie are cute here- but don't over-use props.



Mar 24, 2013 at 02:33 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


great images!


Mar 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Looks like little Sinatra there.


Mar 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Very nicely done here. Nos. 2 and 4 are my picks.
Douglas



Mar 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Thank you for these. I really enjoy all of them.


Mar 24, 2013 at 01:22 PM
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How did you get him to wear the hat? My boy (who's a similar age) won't wear a hat and hates it when I take his photo. Good job here!

Sigh . . . .



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Very cute!


Mar 24, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Fun series! 1 and 5 are my pics!


Mar 24, 2013 at 07:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


bcguy wrote:
How did you get him to wear the hat? My boy (who's a similar age) won't wear a hat and hates it when I take his photo. Good job here!

Sigh . . . .

This made me chuckle.

The hat was the easy part. In fact, he picked it out at the store.




Mar 24, 2013 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Charlie Shugart wrote:
Well, Boyd- my suggestion is to never get anyone else to photograph your son, and you take him out for photo shoots at least once a month for the next several years.
These are excellent pics by any realistic measure, and since it's your kid and your canine member of the family- each image is priceless.
More than a couple of these shots had me smiling and laughing.
Charlie
Oh, and don't "over-direct" him- he does fine like this.


I will second that.



Mar 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Nice shots! Shoot with him more often And lose the distracting watermark.


Mar 25, 2013 at 07:13 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Really Cute #4 puts a smile on face! Only critique is like Bruce mentioned earlier wishing he was just a bit sharper. Nice work!

Greg



Mar 25, 2013 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


That is one cool dude! Well done.
Norm



Mar 25, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


#4 is priceless, good job
Bob



Mar 26, 2013 at 01:08 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Wow, really didn't think these would draw this kind of response. Appreciate all the comments.

As for the sharpness, I wish it was there too. I could create a multitude of excuses but rather than that, I will just fix it next time.

We are very happy with the end shots. I have actually had a few of my wife's friends request me to try and capture some of their children. We will see how that pans out.

Oh and as for the watermark comment, that gets removed when it gets printed out...



Mar 26, 2013 at 02:27 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Not one to photograph people, but here's an attempt...


Excellent job. I'm quite impressed, especially for someone who doesn't do it a lot.

--David



Mar 26, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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