OK, so last night was only my second time ever to really specifically try to do a 'shoot' with my kids. Usually I just take shots while we're out having fun, as it feels like there's no pressure then. You can always just say, "It was just a snap" if it's a lousy shot. I honestly cannot explain why I get soooo anxious about shooting my kids; I see such amazing photos here and doing a formal 'shoot' just feels like so much pressure!! But I have GOT to get a decent picture for a canvas gift DH and I have planned for our parents, so last night I tried. I'd really welcome some CC as I'm trying to figure out how to get something really good in the next week or so, before the weather turns.
I got a couple of images I really like, BUT I made mistakes or had problems with all of them. My very best shots were the backlit ones I wanted to try, but in none of them do I have both kids smiling naturally at the camera. Having said that, my absolute FAVE is one where they are totally goofy... and 100%, purely, absolutely THEMSELVES. It's this one:
But I really don't think my mom would like hanging that on her wall. She's very fussy and would say, "Yes, it's them, but they look so silly!"
The best smiles and light in the eyes I got were in this spot -- however, I learned that putting your kids too low on a hill like this and having the horizon right through their heads is a really lame idea.
I know my turn on the CC thread was yesterday, but if I could get some CC on these, it'd really help me out. Whether we use one of these, or take them out one more time, I need to know what to do better with the shoot and the post-procesing.