Friday, 30 September 2011

Up, up, and Away!

So I ordered a large cut of cloud stage fabric from a theatre company recently. It was the most expensive fabric I have ever bought, but worth it, as I think it photographs fabulously! Inspired by my new backdrop I grabbed my washing basket and set up a hot air balloon shoot! Now, I must admit, I cheated a little bit in this photo. I couldn't think of a way to create the balloon without wasting sheets upon sheets of not-so-cheap coloured card. I had thought about blowing up my big silver birthing ball, but I couldn't think of a way to safely perch this above Jack, or stop if from creating a shadow, so I made a balloon from two sheets of A4 card stuck together, photographed it against the drop (so it wouldn't look out of place lightwise) and blew it up to size on photoshop later. I also added the matching flags and string in with photoshop. Anyway, I like the result. It is my favourite 'paper moon portrait' to date!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My star on stripes

I haven't taken any photos of Jack over the past few days as I have been just too busy, so I thought I would share one of my favourite photos of Jack, taken when he was just 6 months. I can't believe he is 9 months old tomorrow!
Also, I took the first step to setting up my own photography business today! I had a meeting with someone from Invest NI's 'Go for it' programme. I have a clearer idea of how to take the first few steps and I plan to attend a few evening classes they run to draw up my business plan, and probably more importantly, work out the finance aspect. Maths is my big weakness.

Now, Daddy is putting baby Jack to bed and I am off to my pottery class. 

Monday, 12 September 2011

The owl and the pussycat went to sea... a beautiful pea green boat.
                             And so did Jack.

This is the poem that inspired me to create this little scene. You see I picked up two lovely little garden ornaments at St. Georges Market a couple of weeks ago. A stone owl, and a matching pussycat. While Jack was down for his afternoon nap today I was drinking my coffee and looking out into the garden at the ornaments and the poem kept going round and round in my head. So I grabbed my scissors and coloured paper, erected my new backdrop and waited for Jacky to wake.

As for the graininess of the image- a rookie mistake on my part. I should have checked the camera settings as my significant other had decided to adjust them. Darn. You live and learn.