It’s so much fun to have a good friend who is a photographer as well. We have had such fun exchanging family photo shoots, photographing our babies together & editing pictures while sitting together & chatting.
This photo series was a total collaborative effort. Monica had done this same shoot with her daughter a few days earlier & we planned to do the same with little John. It was her setup & camera body, my lens & baby, & we alternated taking pictures & trying to pull the attention of baby boy away from the ornaments and toward the camera.
In spite of the fact that photo 12 is not one of my captures (Monica totally NAILED this shot! although this is my own edit), I still learned from this particular photo (and the whole experience).
Firstly, sometimes the best photo is a lucky shot. But you’re a whole lot more likely to get the lucky shot if everything else is right & you patiently shoot a ton. Secondly, I learned that I love my 28mm lens (well, technically I already knew that!). It’s so great for shooting in close quarters & that fast aperture is sooo nice! Thirdly, I learned that I am a back button focus shooter. The camera was not set up for back button focus for this shoot & using the shutter button to focus & then recompose before releasing the shutter for each shot led to a lot more work to get multiple captures. I had used back button focus before (a couple years ago?) & recently switched my own camera back to that setting, but I had never before realized how convenient/beneficial it was for the type of shooting I am doing/plan to do. Finally, I had the importance of trying multiple perspectives/subject positioning reaffirmed. Now that John is sitting up well, I didn’t even think to try some shots with him on his belly. I am so glad Monica suggested it, because those were some of my favorites in the bunch.