June 30, 2014

25/52

(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)


Julia: pretending to be a French girl (it's our new favorite game!).


Well my friends, I firmly believe in self congratulation, and today I'm going to pat myself on the back because I've taken one of my most favorite photos that I've ever taken. I know not everyone shares my love for moody, black and white photos of non-smiling children, but I LOVE moody, black and white photos of non-smiling children! 

I try. I really do. To process a fair amount of photos in color. Sometimes I get sick of all the black and white. But.......it pulls me back in 90% of the time. I've been toying with the idea for quite some time, of carving a niche out for myself in my local geographical area and specializing in B&W. 

I do love color, but B&W photography speaks to my soul. Have I already shared this thought with you? Once I came across a phrase that goes something to the effect of "in color photos, you see the person, in black and white, you see the emotion." I really like that.

15 comments:

  1. Such an awesome photo! Julia looks very French!!

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    1. She's very keen on the let's pretend we're French/Japanese/British/Scandi game, ha ha ha :)

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  2. Wow! This is definitely one of your best, if not the best I've seen so far! It deserves framing!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle!!!! I have another that I did at the same time that's very similar, but this one was my first pick - I'm going to frame both though, and hang them together :)

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  3. Hi Melissa, I haven't been here for awhile and am so happy to see that you are still blogging away :). This is a BEAUTIFUL photo. And what an awesome idea to do a portrait once a week. Really awesome. I wonder if I could get my boys to be co-operative and allow me to do the same??? Take care, Georgiax

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    1. GEORGIA!!!! Hello sweet lady!! Oh my goodness yes I'm still here, slogging away. Not sure why exactly :) Are you still blogging as well?? I'm coming right over to say hello!

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    2. and thank you for your kind words about the photo! :)

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    1. oh man, she was done with pix when I took this (we had already been taking some others outside.) This photo and a few others I took right along with it, they are the result of a BRIBE, ha. Now she's the proud owner of a Hello Kitty charm :)

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  5. I love this kind of photo, too. It looks timeless--definitely frame-worthy.

    I haven't done much B&W in a long time, mostly because I have to take photos of food and, while it can sometimes look really cool in black and white, I mostly go for color. I took a photography class in high school. We used SLRs, developed the film, and did the prints ourselves. Our school didn't have the space or the money for color processing so we had to use black and white. I loved it. Of course, I was mostly photographing architecture, which is still my "fun" photography. Frankly, I'm much better at it than food!

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    1. what fun! at some point, I want to try my hand at film. and oh food......food photography is actually one of my great faves! do you read the blog Canelle et Vanille? Aran, the blog creator, lives in Seattle now, and she's an amazing photog. She does workshops on food styling and photography from time to time, and I'd love to take one sometime....

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  6. I'm with you. I love smiling pics but I think the spirit and trueness of a child (sorry I made up that word just now) only really comes through in serious photos. It is in serious shots that we really see their growth and facial features. This is a striking shot. Well done!!

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    1. trueness should totally be a word. :) I'm glad you like this one!

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  7. This is a marvelous photo. You have to blow it up and frame it on your wall! I like the moody atmosphere and her wavy hair! Indeed so French :)

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    1. thank you thank you, sweet Cherie! it's definitely going on my wall :)

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