I do appreciate all the compliments on the photos of the kids. I really love taking pictures in general, and of them especially. But it takes time, patience, and tools (a post which is forthcoming, I swear!), and even still, I may not get the exact shot I want(ed).

So here, I take you through a not-atypical series of events when shooting a “staged” picture of the kiddos.

First of all, I get everything set up: maybe a light if the lighting is poor in the house, a baby for focusing/distance testing with the camera/tripod…

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Then we set up babies for more distance/zoom testing…

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And try to get them to look at the camera. Ish…

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Before they fall over…

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Or start crying…

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Then I adjust the lighting in the room, color balance and aperture setting on the camera…

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Just before someone falls over again…

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So now it’s time to readjust babies…

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Or try a different position altogether, let’s see if this one works…

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Until someone starts holding someone’s head down…

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Or someone falls over again…

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And then I think I get a decent picture, until I notice the snot running out of Carpet’s nose…

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Or I take one I really like, until I had moved the camera and inadvertently cut off some craniums…

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And after I don’t even know how many pictures get taken, and with now fussy babies (this shoot was after school and dangerously close to bed time), we just color adjust an awkwardly positioned, but relatively unblurry and smiling picture of the RJBs in their Baptism outfits, three days post-Baptism, and antique it a bit.

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Or use another one that wasn’t too bad, and make it black and white…

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But in the end, even without the Perfect Picture, we have a whole series of photos to offer us up some giggles during those after-we-put-the-babies-to-sleep-hours, but still-can’t-get-enough-of-’em-so-we-look-at-pictures-on-iPhoto. We like them a little bit.

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