Almost 13 months ago, I had a little bundle of joy. Mess Maker J. And Mess Maker J. is perfect in every way.
I was fortunate enough to find Melinda Mae Photography who took beautiful pictures of my son and his messy parents. I realized the value of family photography, of turning a group of people who think they look horrible into a piece of art. I am forever grateful for the beautiful work Melinda did for us over the course of J.’s first year. Here is one of his newborn photos.
After watching her work, I’ve been scrambling to catch up.
I started out with the point and shoot my MIL gave my husband for his birthday the year we moved to Belgium. And my goal was to do some one month milestone photos.
Here is one from the little shoot that I did with him at a hotel while my husband was working on a business trip.
Meet Mess Maker J. at 1 month. He’s stinking adorable, I know. He is/was/always will be perfect. Aw.
While J. is perfect, the pictures I take of him are not. But I’m working on it.
I shot this with a Canon PowerShot SX700 HS in Auto but this model does offer manual controls so it’s a worthy camera for those of you looking for something less intimidating and involved.
Let’s talk about what’s wrong with this image and why.
Background. That brown blanket on the bed is a huge distraction. I have come to learn how annoying and hard it is to edit stuff out of an image. So, for things other than capturing Little Mister playing, I remove EVERYTHING and check my playback constantly to see what I’m getting in my shots and reshoot then and there so I can avoid trying to edit it out. Key word is trying, I suck at this.
Motion blur and focus. EXIF: ISO 800, SS1/60, Aperture 3.2. An ISO of 800 usually causes noise, it does on the camera I’m currently working with too. So I try to avoid it, but it’s necessary when you don’t have enough light. It probably caused some of the focus to soften too but the biggest culprit ruining the image is the shutter speed. 1/60 is barely enough to account for handshake let alone bebe J. flailing about. So 1/125 is okay for a slow moving baby/kid but 1/200-250 is definitely better.
This is my true start at photography and it was a bumpy one. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter. I still love my little Mess Maker and the photos I took of him. The truth is, I can’t go back and get better photos, kids don’t stay little for long. SO take them, blurry and dark and grainy, take them anyway.