day 41 : Yesterday was Ben’s birthday, but it wasn’t very much fun. Paul is still sick and at his morning doctor’s appointment she decided he needed a bunch of tests done so we spent the whole afternoon shuttling him to different lab/doctor places. When it was time to put them to bed Paul didn’t want to sleep. When we finally did get them down I was sitting and staring at the monitor and realizing that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I like that I can leave the room and bring it and know that the babies are safe and I will be able to help them if they are hurt or scared. But I hate that we can’t even have a birthday dinner without the constant wooshing sound of their white noise machine filtering through the speaker. We never really get to stop and sit back and enjoy the evening because the monitor is that constant nagging reminder in the background… the babies might wake up. I will be very happy when they are old enough that we don’t need it anymore.
day 39: Monday is Ben’s birthday and we were invited to a potluck (unrelated to the birthday) today so I decided that as our contribution to the meal I’d bake a cake. It’s been a VERY long time since I baked a cake and it was fun to revisit my old hobby. It was even more delicious than I remember although I’m glad it was… because it took me pretty much the entire day to make it 🙂 The poorly piped lemon on top is to show that it was a lemon cake. Mmmm lemon buttercream 🙂
day 38: These were too cute to pass up… even though I just posted a baby photo. The babies each decided to spend the afternoon chewing on stuffed baby toy vegetables. Yum.
I know a few of you have left me feedback saying that the posts are great and informative, but a little bit overwhelming. I am trying to make sure I cover the basics, but I don’t want to bombard you with EVERYTHING you need to know all at once. That’s why I’ve decided to break it up a bit and save the super long posts for another day. Today will just be the first of many “quick tips” for when you don’t have time to really dive into the details of how your camera works.
Today’s quick tip is on window lighting. Unless you live in a house without windows (and I don’t believe you do) there is at least one great spot in your home to take pictures of your kids. What you want is a window that lets in lots of great bright light, but that hopefully doesn’t have direct sunlight pouring through it. Direct light can be a little bit harsh and hard to work with. What we’re looking for right now is a window that “glows”. If you have a porch or overhang the window below it is probably a good bet. If there isn’t a couch or rug or even clear space in that room near to the window you might want to do a little rearranging so that there is 🙂
The idea is that directional light (from the side) is much more dynamic and interesting than light from straight on. Set your subject so that the light hits one side of their face and shoot away. It will bring out all of that cute baby chub and give your picture way more pop than if you had the light right in front of them. There are a million and one ways to use light and use it to your advantage. This is just one of the easiest. Go try it out at home!
This one was shot with my 85mm lens at f1.8 1/500th of a second.
day 37: my two favorite babies turned 6 months old today. I may have a slight bias but I’m pretty sure they have the cutest faces I’ve ever seen. Happy half birthday peanuts!
day 36: We’ve always had problems with our dryer. It is very very poorly vented (from where it connects to the house to the outside) and it’s not our fault… it’s an old house and it probably needs to be redone. We had our landlord try to get the vent cleared out a few weeks ago because our laundry was taking AGES to dry. Well it seemed to be better but this morning I threw in a load to the dryer and noticed a funny smell. I turned off the dryer and unplugged it and tried to air out the room. We had a repair guy come out today and there was BURNT LINT in the inside of the dryer. There was so much stuff stuck in there that it started burning. YIKES!! Talk about scary! So we paid him to clear it all out and he recommended that we talk to our landlord again so we can get it actually taken care of. Um… yes. Will do. Immediately. Good thing I noticed the funky smell… and thank goodness for same day dryer repair people. We wouldn’t survive a single day without being able to do baby laundry 🙂
day 35: Today was sort of like most days. Lots of being in the house. A little more fussiness than usual thanks to what might be Paul being sick (he’s running a temperature but with little else in the way of symptoms) and a few new tricks from the babies. Today’s new trick from Amelia? Throwing toys. Check out baby-rific for the whole story