I really, really wanted to do the 3-Photo DAD photos. Take three photos, two with the letter D and one with the letter A, to spell out DAD. I also added UNC, since I have two kids and I can’t give one of them a letter and not the other.
I did it last year when I knew nothing about photography or about my camera. Notice the harsh flash, the limb chopping, the busy background, the underexposure? I really wanted to take them this year so that I could see my improvement, and also see how they’ve grown.
Now I’ve decided I don’t like doing studio, posed shots. I’m not comfortable with it, it feels unnatural to me, and I’m just not good at it. However there was no way that I could get both of them in frame each holding a letter. Plus I can’t bend down to get at their level because of my injured ankle. Do you see where this is going?
I decided to push our dining table over to in front of the fireplace so that I could have the white brick as the background. Then I could keep them contained because they can’t get down from our counter height table without help. I used jelly beans to get them to cooperate, but I ended up with only one photo that I didn’t have to fix too much, and I skipped over the whole 3 letters thing because they weren’t having it. Who knew 2 yr olds have favorite letters??
And for future reference, they not only each need a letter, but said letters need to be the same size. Also it’s a good idea to paint the back because they prefer to look at the colored side of the letter instead of showing me the letter.
So here are the outtakes. I didn’t spend too much time editing or correcting white balance on these, maybe I’ll do that another day. I’ll post the one I chose on Father’s Day so my husband doesn’t see it before then.