The other day I decided to take advantage of “the golden hour” of photography. The kids and I piled into the van and drove down to a pretty spot so I could take some pictures and practice getting sun flares and hazy backlighting. I think they turned out pretty well :) I really enjoy trying these new techniques.
This is the only decent picture I was able to take of all five children. I just love the soft haze that the backlighting gives. It softens the overall look of the image and gives it a kind of romance.
Notice this one is missing a certain someone. Henry was not cooperative.
In this one I shaded the lens with my hand to give it a more crisp and dramatic look (just like when you use your hand to shade your eyes). I also moved so the light was coming more from the side than the back. Wait a minute! We’re missing another kid!
Oh there they are… playing Daddy.
Next I had Lucy (sporting her new sassy haircut) spin around for me. I love the sun flare in these photos. Especially where you can see the rays coming through the trees.
I probably shouldn’t have had her spinning on a hill.
Well, she seemed to enjoy herself regardless of the tumble.
As did Emma…
And Henry. All of those grass clippings just waiting to be rubbed into our hair.
“Um… Mom? Can we go over there?”
“Look guys! A bridge! This will make a great picture. Everyone come here! Spencer, get down!”
“Lucy, hold Henry so he can’t run away. Jack get off of that! Look at me… JACK!
“Oh forget it. Lucy, go ahead and put him down.”
“Yummy dirt, Mama!”
I asked Spencer to sit in front of the pretty greenery and stones but for some reason he (the same boy who wanted to bury himself in the sand of a “beach” volleyball court the other day) was too grossed out by the leaves to sit down… so he crouched. “I’ll just pretend I’m sitting.”
After exactly 20 minutes the kids were done and I was being eaten by mosquitos. So we packed it up and went back home. Henry wasn’t cooperating anyway.