Friday, August 28, 2015

Mattox's 6 Month Portraits

We had planned to find a photographer in our new area to take some beautiful new portraits of Mattox and our family to match the portraits we had made of Evan and Brody at about the same age.  We love the photographs we had made by our favorite Charlotte photographer, and these portraits were expensive but worth it to us because they are so priceless.  I am a bit OCD now about trying to have similar pictures capturing all of my children's baby years, and these portraits were some of the most important.  We have a large family portrait from both Evan's and Brody's first year, and I hope they will cherish those always.  I want to have a similar piece for Mattox too.  I also have professionally printed beautiful 8X8/8X10 albums for each baby with about a dozen images capturing them and us together.  They are beautiful heirloom quality portraits in black and white, and I just love the natural look of these simple, timeless portraits.  I just did not think I could get these portraits replicated by another photographer here in our new area because I have really never seen anything comparable.  Plus, these portraits have cost us over $1,000 (we pay for them in smaller monthly payments to make them more affordable), but now that we are raising a family on one income with more mouths to feed, it just didn't seem feasible to pay that again.  Since we have invested in our own more professional quality camera and have tried to perfect our photography skills, we decided to try to take these photographs ourselves.  We used our Canon DSLR camera, regular 18-35 mm lens, an attached flash, a tripod, and a camera remote for the family pictures.  I also decided to take the advice of the professionals and shoot in RAW format because they say it drastically improves quality because the camera will lose some of the quality in compressing images in jpeg format.  I don't know if this is true, but the RAW images are way way bigger...like a whopping 30 MB each.  Yikes!  That will fill up a camera card quick so I had to upload pictures halfway through our session.  We found a site where we can order the same type of album online for about $100.00.  I was nervous that we wouldn't be able to capture the beautiful photographs I wanted, but all we could do was try.  It took us a few hours with breaks in between for the children, but I really could not be more pleased.  With soft, natural light and similar editing techniques, I really think these portraits are very similar to the professionals.  Whew!  Thank goodness.  This really puts my mama heart at ease!

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6 comments:

  1. Slow clapping. WELL. DONE. YOU!

    These are magnificent. If you hadn't told me that you took them yourselves I would have believed it if you said they were professional. Seriously. I don't know how much editing you did and how much was just the quality of the camera and setting up the shot, but they are incredibly good.

    I also hear you on just not being able to justify that price. Professional photography can be ridiculously expensive. There were other factors as well, but price is definitely one of the reasons we didn't do newborn pictures with either of our kids. I don't really regret it either.

    I can't tell if you are wearing a top or a dress, but whatever it is, I like it. Very pretty.

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    1. Thanks! We are both OCD about getting the same pictures of our kids (locations, outfits, etc). These were special, but I am so glad we could get something comparable for way less money. The editing was cropping to a square for an 8X8 album and adding a softer frame and white vignette to them and then converting to black and white. The longest part was going through the Raw images and converting them to jpeg on the computer. Not sure it was worth the extra step to not just shoot in jpeg format. The outfit was actually two different shirts. The first one I tried, I didn't like because I can't button any of my old shirts over my chest right now. Sigh. Mommy problems. I don't like the extra cleavage shots but it is what it is right now since all of my clothes seem to fit that way now. I changed to a cotton blouse without buttons that I had worn in Brody's baby pictures. It was a little better. :-)

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  2. Awesome job! What a beautiful family. :)

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  3. Yay for saying no to professional photography. You did a great job. These are so cute and so thoughtful! :) You are the best little mama!

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  4. These are great! You did an awesome job!

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  5. These are amazing! I agree that if you hadn't said they weren't professional, I wouldn't have been able to tell. They are just so beautiful!

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