Day of Portraits
by Shawna Black
It’s January but it’s not cold like it should be this time of year. The sun set about 5:30 or so this afternoon. Rain fell earlier today and then the sky cleared somewhat. As the sun set, the sky was most beautiful. The light was warm and soft and red.
I attempted to take pictures of the kids in this beautiful, natural glow of the end of the day.
Yeah. Let’s see how far I got.
I started with Kaiya, who insisted on wearing her purple parka even though it was 51 degrees. She’s been a little punky this week since being diagnosed with a double ear infection on Wednesday and then having to endure the invasion of a newborn baby on Friday. (Remember the portrait of Wendy and Jayden from a few weeks ago? Baby Jayden had her first half day with Mr. Marty on Friday. And don’t worry – the ear infection is bacterial and not contagious.)
It’s apparent that Kaiya will have no part of the picture taking tonight, despite the beautiful light that we have been given. What am I gonna do with this two-year old?
No other choice but to move on to my other two spawn.
The boys, Jake and Riley, are so much more accommodating because they understand that mom has a deadline and has procrastinated yet again and the light is good and the little sister won’t cooperate and they know that if they want dessert tonight they’d better be the little angels that they pretend to be and give mom some good shots.
So I got this.
So, then I decided to do my first ever self-portrait. Yeah, first ever. This picture was totally manipulated in Photoshop. I asked Riley if the picture looks like me. He said 60/40 – 60 me and 40 “something else”. Not “someone else”, yet “something else”.
And we’re supposed to get snow tonight but no “accumulation”. The boys are pissed.
Shawna has her own, natural glow.