For the first time in my life I've been contemplating going to Sears or JC Penney to get a portrait done. Not of me, but of Hazel. My grandma, Hazel's only great-grandma, gave us a beautiful white dress & bonnet with adorable satin slippers to match. I suppose one would wear this type of thing to a christening or baptizing; since we don't believe in that, it's been hanging up in our room, making me happy when I look at it. My not-very-subtle grandmother has been hinting around that she would like a photo of Hazel wearing it, though, which brought to mind having her portrait taken. That, plus it's her first Christmas, and I would like a nice reminder besides the zillion crappy snapshots I'm sure we'll end up with.
So the age-old question (for photographers) arose: hire someone or diy? Normally I would yell "DIY!" from various rooftops or tattoo it across anyone's face who asked me, but two things gave me pause. One, I really want a nice photo, and two, I don't have a studio. Not a big deal when you're photographing earrings under melting-hot lights, but I can't very well stick a baby in what amounts to a wall-less oven and tell her to hold still & ignore the 1st degree burns on her eyelids. Our living room has 5 big, huge windows, though, and I have this white fabric…so I did some test ones myself, just to see what would happen.
They are both lovely and annoying. Lovely in that they are bright, sweet, portraits, even if she's not smiling and is eating her dress. Annoying in that they are too bright. "Blown out" comes to mind. "Freakish" is also a good description. She looks beautiful, but I'm afraid any prints will have a halo of pixelated crappiness radiating from my darling child. So, for what they're worth (and I will probably do these again, or maaaaaybe take her in) here they are.
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