Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Painted Backdrop

So I was feeling quite crafty, and during Jack's afternoon nap, I decided to attempt  to paint my own background. Thanks to my clumsy doggy, who put her paw through my grey paper back drop, I had a large cut-off piece of paper that would otherwise have gone to waste.
 I have been totally inspired by E4's new show, 'Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy'. After a shaky start, it has gotten really good, and is definitely my favourite thing on TV at the moment. The backgrounds on the show are hand painted, and they are amazing! I have heavily based my backdrop on theirs, if not almost copied! I'm pretty sure that this is only being aired in the UK right now, my American counterparts, but you never know, keep an eye out for it!

I know I'm not going to win any awards for the most realistic scene, but I have never been in the running anyway! As for Jack, no smiles today, but the wee tyke is teething again, and his form is not the best. The poor wee man.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

This here Giraffe

I spotted this little Giraffe costume reduced to a fiver in TK Maxx yesterday, (that's TJ Maxx to all Jack's American chums) and I just couldn't resist it. My sister deemed it, "...Ridiculous, but seriously cute." Agreed. I think it made for a simple and different portrait of my gorgeous boy though.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Curls Galore

This photo cost me £25. Here's why.

I haven't had time to take portraits this week as I have been snowed under with product photography. This morning, I was taking photo upon photo of shoes, jumpers and dresses, which can be a pretty tedious process, so Jack and his Daddy were a welcomed interruption. As I had the camera and the backdrop out, I wasn't going to miss a quick photoshoot with Jack!

I was horrified later when I plugged the memory card into my computer only to be told all the images were corrupt! This isn't the first time my memory card has let me down. I had started to get into the habit of reformatting before every shoot, but it didn't work today, and to be told I had lost all my photos, which had taken a couple of hours of work to capture... Gutted! I really really didn't want to start photographing all the clothes again, but I was more disappointed to lose the photos of Jack. So, I had no choice but to pay $40 for some photo recovery software. It manged to recover most of the product photos, and all my Jack shots! What a relief! So, I have deduced that this memory card is faulty, and I best order a new one pronto.

I love these shots of Jack. He's such a sweetie with his little poses! You can see that his top teeth are well and truly through, and that hair, it just can't be tamed!
So, the recovery software - was it worth it? To me, it was worth every penny!

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Happily Mother After

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

We're having a quiet one, as Tuesday is our stay-at-home day. Jack's Daddy and I celebrated Valentines on Saturday, and he surprised me with some of my favourite 'Stateside candy', which included the yumminess that is Reese's Cups! He also gave me a voucher for an Indian head massage. I've never had one, so it should be an interesting experience for sure.

I popped Jack in his red bilibo in front of my white backdrop, where I had stuck a big red heart I cut out of paper, gave him a kiss and voila! The cardigan and polo shirt are both vintage finds from the Rusty Zip.

Hope you are all being treated today! Have a great one.

Due to a major problem with blogger, most of my January and February posts mysteriously disappeared! They only way I was able to get them back was to re-publish them all again today, which has messed up the dates on each post. My apologies if you have just got a huge update from my blog with photos you have already seen.

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Chocolate smiles

So Jack has just landed a million euro deal as the new face of Kinder chocolate. Of course, I kid. But I think he could easily be a little model! I fancied trying something a bit different today, so as Jack napped I cut 4 coloured sheets of card into long triangles and stuck them in a semi circular shape. (See last photo) Then I stuck them on to my white backdrop and snapped Jack in front of them. I think it was a fun effect.

I don't usually give Jack chocolate. In fact, this is only his third taste of chocolate... ever! But as you can see, he's a huge fan, just like his Mama!

Disclaimer: I feel like I should make it absolutely, positively, 100% known, that this post is not sponsored by Kinder. I am using the Kinder logo for illustration purposes only, and Jack is definitely, truly not the new face of Kinder chocolate! Capiche?    

Up, up, and away!

I created this hot air balloon portrait with Jack a few months ago. I love his expressions, and the bright colours. I think this Paper Moon portrait is the photo I am most fond of. 
I bought the huge cut of cloud fabric from a theatre company with theme portraits in mind.
The hot air balloon is made from paper and the basket is, well, my washing basket! 
Doesn't my little explorer look thrilled to be high in the sky?

I was delighted to be featured on La-La's Home Daycare blog with this photo, thanks La-La!

Hushabye Mountain

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows o'er lullaby bay.
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting--
Waiting to sail your worries away.
It isn't far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the quay.
The winds of night so softly are sighing--
Soon they will fly your troubles to sea.
So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain.
Wave good-bye to cares of the day.
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from lullaby bay.

This is one of my favourite 'Paper Moon portraits' I created last year. I hope this isn't cheating in the land of blogging, but I wanted to repost it now that I have a few more followers, and I am finally learning about linking up etc. I was inspired to set this up to go along with Jack's favourite lullaby, 'Hushabye Mountain'. We sing it to him so often. We find it really comforts him.

I used his baby bath for the boat, wrapped in blue paper, and photoshopped the edge. The boat sail is made from a large sheet of paper taped to a brush handle, and the sea is made from blue fabric with blue net on top to create waves. The mountains are again made from paper, and the stars and moon are added with photoshop. It was all set against my black backdrop.

I love creating these portraits, they're fun, and a different way to break up a photo album. However, they're time consuming and make a lot of mess! It also makes for a very pressurized shoot. Imagine trying to get Jack to look at the camera (and smile too, although that doesn't always happen, and I have made my peace with that), then of course I have to try and get him sit in the right position without moving, and get the shot before he tears the paper scene to smithereens! Which is why I suppose I haven't made one in a couple of months. But that's going to change. I'm going to repost a few more of my favourites in the next few days, and then I'll get to work on a new scene. Any ideas would be considered for sure!

Look at mini Jack sitting in his wee boat... that was only a few months ago and he has changed so much!

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An angel at my Table

This is my ducky at 13 months old. He's sitting at his little Ikea chair and table set in front of my grey backdrop. I manipulated the background colour and texture a little as an experiment.

Jack has a chest infection at the moment, and I'm feeling rotten too. I'm not sure if I also have a chest infection, but I certainly have a stinkin' cold. Anyway, we visited the doctor yesterday, and Jack is doing a bit better on the antibiotics. The little jumper he is wearing is another vintage find from the Rusty Zip, and I always put him in it at the first sign of a cold. It's so cozy, and I like to think the turtle neck helps a sore throat.

News! After a lot of research I have just invested in some gels and a wireless flash system in an effort to give me more colours and effects. They haven't arrived yet, but once they do, I'll post my attempts up here. I have also finally bought a green backdrop. However, after yet more research, I couldn't decide between the nice summer green, and the happy sky blue, so... yes. I got both. This hobby of mine is an expensive one.

Pea Green Boat

I thought I would revisit an old portrait of Jack today. Inspired by the poem The owl and the pussycat, I created this scene entirely out of paper (bar the fly swatter that the sail is taped to). I'd love to try and make another 'paper portrait', but Jack is a human shredder. He was only 7 months old when I snapped this, and believe me, the boat was ripped to smithereens in a few short seconds. Imagine an even stronger, more mobile Jack in the midst of a sea of paper. No hope.