But this has been a big year for me. There have been some very exciting goings-on and I feel the need to share - mostly because I just want another excuse to work in Illustrator (but that's a whole nother story). But you can't have a Christmas card without a photo.
The light last Sunday was wonderful and warm, so I grabbed my tripod, threw on some mascara and a nice sweater, locked the dog in the room, and got started. Just as I was getting started, Cam decided to pop in and take a picture with me. Can you tell I've trained him well? He looked at the camera the entire time. Charlie, on the other hand, not so much.
After Cam had a turn, I tried getting one with just Charlie. It didn't quite work because the camera wasn't focused on us - it was focused on the tree. But, I did get some great pictures of Charlie and then Hannah later in the night.
While holding her on my shoulder, I pushed the ottoman in front of the tree, draped my scarf on top, and got the camera ready. My f-stop was at 2.8 (smaller number = bigger opening/more light/shallow depth of field) - this gave me a great amount of light and some bokeh.
As a person who takes product photos for a living - there are many things I would change in this photo.
1. I would have taken it during the day.
2. I would have put her in an outfit that matched and fit her better.
3. I would have put her a little closer to the tree so you didn't see wood in the background.
4. I would have used my reflector to get more light on the side of her face that's in shadow.
But ya know what? I love this baby and I love this photo. Done and done.