So a few weeks ago, I was signing “PLEASE!” like a madwoman before I would give Henry one of the three foods that he will eat (Frozen blueberries, frozen peas and raisins. Malnutrition, I’m talking to YOU!)
I had seen him do it once or twice (small circles on the upper chest), so I knew he had it in him. I withheld his blueberries long enough to get his attention, and finally, in a bored, annoyed, imperious tone that he could only have learned from my 13-year-old self, he gave me the toddler equivalent of an eye roll and said, “PLEEEEEASE!”
Well, now I’ve done it. Because there is no sweet tone to this please. He delivers it ALL THE TIME now with a short, choppy, impatient tone, usually when he wants the butcher knife or the plastic grocery bags or the exposed wires or what have you. PLEASE! He’s getting better at the eye roll, too. Anyone having better luck than me with baby signs?
So today you get kid photos, but these were taken with specific purpose. I’m taking a photography class on photographing children, and really enjoying it. I was lucky to have a wide array of amazing, cooperative subjects to work on while we were in Maine and Vermont, so today I post my homework for Lesson #1, on getting children to make eye contact, look directly at you and laugh. Harder than you would think.
My own children are completely blind to me and any kind of photo trick I can dream up, so I am going to be pounding the pavement looking for subjects over the next seven weeks. If you live near me, PLEASE help me out!
So we had to upload three sets of photos, before and afters:
Lydia, before and after
Jack, before and after (and probably before and after the promise of chocolate)
Caroline, before and after
So there you have it. My critique included notes that my white balance is off (need to learn more about different WB settings) and they are too contrasty, both of which I agree with. Photo folks, any other critiques? I mean it, I LIKE hearing what it wrong with the photos—I know the KIDS are gorgeous. 🙂
And this fits perfectly with today’s Thursday Theme at Picture This, STAR! Aren’t they stars? Oh, and Tracey at Picture This is a star, see the fun ad her family is in over at Picture This!