I’ve been having lots of fun experimenting with the settings on my camera in the past few days.  The best pictures still come when I put the thing on ‘auto’ with the flash turned off– I don’t understand shutter speed and aperature and ISO well enough yet.   But I’m getting a few things figured out, and even the less than perfect shots are nice pictures.  Here are some of the many moods of my lil 4 year old.   If you know her in real life, you know she is a sassy, center-of-attention princess of the party.  But I love some of the softer, quieter looks just as much as the smiling ones.

One tidbit:  I took the one of her in the red with the black collar using a tip from the Me Ra Koh photography blog.  She suggested you have your subject close their eyes for a couple seconds, and then open them, for a fresh-eyed look. I love the soft expression in my daughter’s eyes.

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  1. beautiful in any light, but the one in orange is exquisite!

  2. She is a doll! I liked that picture of her “fresh-eyed” even before you mentioned it…it stood out to me.

    by the way…I haven’t figured my camera out, either. Too much to read, too little time. When the kids are grown (and I don’t need my camera anymore), I’ll have time to figure it out. 🙂

  3. That trick of closing the eyes is a good one. But now, it always make me think of the photography scene in Napoleon Dynamite, where she tells him to “imagine he’s floating in an ocean full of sea horses” or whatever it is! 🙂

    Great pics. My fav is the red and black one. There’s the softness, but a hint of mischievousness too.

  4. Nice pictures! I found this site really helpful when I got my first DSLR a few months ago.

    Oh, this one has some great stuff too, especially the tutorials.

  5. Beautiful girl! Try turning up the ISO on your camera for indoor photos without a flash – I get beautiful lighting on my brown kiddos that way.

  6. Jenn, yeah! thanks for the tip!!!!!


  7. She is GORGEOUS!