• Family,  Photography

    Christmas Portrait 2012

    This year was easiest yet. Amazingly, before and after the “shoot”, Olivia was running around all over the place like a skittish rabbit. But for the fewer than 10 minutes I took pictures everyone was calm! Wonderful. Setup was simply putting PJ’s on the kids and putting a chair in front of the tree. I used an external off-camera flash sitting on the kitchen divider with a diffuser. The only complaints were from Preston, and were along the lines of “Hey, tell her not to kiss me again!” (which resulted in another kiss) or “She’s hugging my neck!” One of the shots I turned off the flash control by mistake…

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  • Family,  Kids,  Photography

    Christmas Portrait 2011

    Yearly (attempt) at a Christmas portrait of the kids (see last year…). This year the youngest two were smiling a lot more than Big Brother Dylan (most of those now toast). Note however, that when Preston and Olivia asked if they could hold their “friends” (Mr. Duck and Skippit Dog), Dylan also had to run upstairs to get his Elephant. :) We haven’t decided on the official one yet. Might be a collage. :) Click picture for slideshow…

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    Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City

    The weather was so nice today that after Mass at the Shrine of St. Anthony (the Friary) I took a few moments to snap some pictures of the Shrine and grounds. I’m at the Shrine often, but for some reason I rarely take pictures. As I had my point-and-shoot (Canon s95) with me, I thought this was too photogenic to pass up…

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