Like yesterday’s post, this photo of the day post is from the weekend. Forgive me, but I think they’re too lovely not to share. And it’s not Halloween yet, so it’s not too late, right?
My babies in the pumpkin patch:
Eep! When did they get so grown up?
Wait, here’s one more. Can you believe I got all three of them to (more or less, close enough) smile TWICE IN THE SAME DAY?
Lookit how much they’ve grown up since our first trip to Millers, the year we moved to Manotick in 2010. It’s a Wordless Wednesday and Throwback Thursday all rolled up into one! (Except, not Wordless. And, um, not Thursday. Throwback Wednesday anyone?)
In case you were wondering, I have an extraordinary number of photos in my archives tagged with “pumpkins”.
And here’s a gratuitous shot of pumpkins, to show my love for you.
Oh dear, I am falling further and further behind. At this rate, I’ll be posting my Chrismas photos next July! When I say “photo of the day” one can no longer assume I’m talking about *this* day!
This fun family came for porch portraits this past weekend. The boys, ages 3 and 6, were full of monkey business, which made them an absolute delight to work with. I love families with a great sense of humour who are willing to have a bit of fun with the photo session. Aren’t they a gorgeous family?
And that warm autumn light – so lovely. It may be true that I have just a wee bit of a bias in favour of families with boys.
Speaking of boys, I put mine to work not long after this photo session raking up those lovely leaves in the background. Just a few days later, I’ve got a studio full of leaves again!
Oh babies! So! Many! Babies! on the porch lately. I’d ask where they’re all coming from, but with three of my own, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that part figured out.
This handsome fellow was so curious and interested in me and my camera, but he was not at all interested in having those fake glasses on his face. In his mouth, yes, but not on his face. I think he figured he was less “Clark Kent” and more “SuperBaby”.
The weather has turned chilly, so these may well be the last chubby, naked baby toes on the porch until spring thaw. I can hardly wait!
I‘ve had a rush of babies on the porch for portraits this month. Lucky me!! Babies are a lot more work when it comes to portraits: they are terrible at listening to directions, I have to get down on my belly to see them eye to eye, and they have the disconcerting habit of suddenly giving over to gravity and tipping over. No other age group has quite so many drool marks to photoshop out, and I don’t generally have to jump up and down and make animal noises to maintain the attention of teens and pre-teens. Babies don’t even laugh at my knock knock jokes! However, they are truly delightful to work with, because when you get that shy smile you feel like you’ve really earned it.
All the babies I’ve had the joy of meeting this month have been of the girly kind, and then this handsome fellow showed up yesterday. You KNOW I have a soft spot for boys!
Isn’t he just about the definition of autumn adorable? He’s a perfect match for my wagon and that hair!!! *love*
I have a new obsession: mason jars. And the only thing better than new mason jars is vintage mason jars. Not really so good for food storage, but really quite fantastic for storing other beautiful things, like say sea glass. And sunflowers.
Sunflowers + porch + autumn colours + vintage mason jar = happy.
I wasn’t really planning a walk in the woods for today, but I’m glad I made the time for it. There is something about the whispering of leaves in the wind and the gurgle of rushing water (in this case, the Jock River) and the beautiful colours of fall that resets your soul, yanno?
And of course, there are photos to be taken. I have photos of leaves, of acorns, of fallen birches and red oak leaves against a blue sky, but it was this photo that was my clear favourite. It is both exactly what I tried to capture and something completely unexpected.
(I kinda wish I had moved the watermark to another spot for this one. Oops!)
I focused on the leaves in the bottom left and opened my aperture really wide to throw the background into focus. The circular pattern comes from shape of the aperture blades on the lens, and that blur is commonly called bokeh. More expensive and higher quality lenses generally make more desireable bokeh. I rented a very expensive lens (that I ended up returning unused because it was broken!) a few weekends ago, and the bokeh was AMAZING. Unfortunately, I only took about six pictures before I realized it wasn’t working properly. Oh well. I’ll get one of my own once that lottery win comes in, and in the interim I like this bubbly bokeh just fine.
Have you been out wandering in the woods lately? I highly recommend making some time to do so!