A Note on Content

The purpose of this blog is twofold: (1) to advertise my services as a photographer, and (2) to provide useful information to people who want to take better pictures, particularly when it comes to photographing children.

Although I have not organized the blog posts in any particular order, I have tried to start with basic information and build from there, so those wanting to learn more about photography and visiting the site for the first time may want to start with the oldest posts first.

If you have questions or comments about the blog, please feel free to leave a comment or to email me directly. I hope the photos and other information presented here help you appreciate the art of children's photography, and inspire you to take great photographs of your own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

If at first you don't succeed ...

So, I've been wanting to try some "feet" photos to showcase the new babe at our house, and, well, here's a recent failed effort. Of course, I mean "failed" only in an artistic sense. The photo--of all four of our children--makes me and my wife laugh: particularly the little diapered bum and chicken legs on the far right, and it'll make great scrapbook material. Even so, it doesn't work artistically because I used the wrong focal length, wrong angle, wrong composition, and a distracting bed spread (did I miss anything?).

Ah well. The point is this: I had fun trying, and--as with most things in life--the failures often prove more instructive than the successes. So, consider this an invitation to screw up: go ahead, play around, make mistakes, do dumb stuff, and above all, try new things. That's the beauty of digital photography. At best, you get a wall hanger; at worst, you just push the "delete" button and try, try again.

Here's a better effort, at least to my mind:

Happy shooting!