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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Elizabeth's Baby Portraits

Not very long before this shoot, I had a "Eureka!" moment- one that seems obvious in retrospect. And one that I should have had awhile ago. (My excuse will be that my education is in photojournalism where the moment is primary, lighting is secondary.) Nonetheless, it came at just the right time. The realization was simple: the location is not what matters, it's the lighting in the location.

So when I drove to Kellie's house on a dreary and unusually overcast and foggy day, I was confident that the lack of light wouldn't spoil the show. Clouds are nature's softbox after all. And with a little help from my flash bounced off the wall, I captured some great moments and expressions of little Elizabeth.

Kellie and I attended school together starting in the second grade when she started at Greenwood Elementary and I blame her transfer for my lifelong existence as "Kelly T." I was there first! But I guess it rolls off the tongue better than Kellie L. (her last initial). I got over it, and Kellie and I spent the next several years in several of the same classes and and were both on the yearbook staff in high school. It's easy to see that she has passed on her energy and bubbly personality to her baby girl. However, Elizabeth seemed determined to hide this from me at first. I have, oh I don't know, about 50 images of her looking straight through me with her mouth shut. Kellie seemed disappointed, assuring me that she is the happiest baby 100% of the time. We took on the challenge and then it wasn't long before this stubborn baby showed me a hundred different expressions, most of which I was able to capture.

Without further ado, please meet Elizabeth:

This is her Gerber baby face:

I LOVE this expression!

See what I mean about the light?


Laney Poo January 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Totally see what you mean about the lighting, Kelly. Great work homegirl!

I think I'm going to need you to come snap a few of Birtha once she arrives. Just so we can get a refreshing new look instead of my same old, same old poses that I have been doing for ages! Or better yet, ever want to photograph a birth? Oh I kid, I would never put you through the trauma!

Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

I haven't seen a baby that gorgeous since 1984-when I gave birth to her mother.
-Proud Grandma

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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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