I did a shoot on Sunday for a woman who I "know" from my success after infertility messageboard. I really wanted to do a bang up job because they pay a "real" professional to take pictures of their son every 3 months and I didn't want mine to be amateurish in comparison.
The shoot was really challenging, toddlers this age are just so impossible. They don't stand still and he really didn't hardly ever make eye contact. But the truly disappointing thing is that the rare moments where he DID make eye contact I totally botched the technical aspects!! I'm so annoyed with the choices I made..I shot at 3.2 instead of 3.5 with my Tammy on the indoor shots because of low light and I forgot how much I SUCK at shooting wide (or almost wide) open lol! I have SUCH focus issues when I go that wide, particularly with a subject who is also not sitting still.
Then, instead of keeping my tammy on or using my sigma 30mm 1.4 outdoors in the park I used the 85 1.8 and botched the focus on a bunch of pics that would have been great otherwise - I always want to get closer with the 85 because I am used to how close I can get with the Tamron but the min. focusing distance of the 85 is like 3 feet or something pretty big
The good news is that the parents love them (or so they say) I'm just so mad at myself because there should have been soooooo many more useable (or up to my standars) pics.
Anyway, if you have any CC on the skintones or composition or PP, at least I can chalk it up to a learning experience
(back eye out of focus on this one, I know, but I think only photogs notice that sort of thing right??) same thing with this one too:
(this was the best shot in terms of expression I think, but unfortunately it's soft.GRRRRR
I was really happy to get some nice shots of the dad and kid, mom was sick with food poisoning! He is a photo hobbyist and said he's always the one TAKING the pics (I know how that feels..).
On an unrelated note, he has a camera that's better than mine. I really want to upgrade, but now I feel like I don't deserve it!