I do feel as if I’ve really been out of the loop with my photography lately, and while I have missed it so much, I have had some very precious family time with my parents and sister, and niece and nephews, who all live in Perth.
In another post, I will show you some photos of the little niece and nephews too, but this post is about my girls, Rachel and Kate-Ruby, on a weekend at Shelley Point, up the West Coast recently.
Often people will tell me that they are sure I have lots of nice photos of my girls, but the truth is, I don’t at all. Every time I take my camera out, the girls get a bit cross with me. I think they feel that when I am behind my lens I am disconnected from them, so they always act up and make it really difficult for me to get happy, natural photos. Sometimes, I don’t even bother taking my DSLR out with me, and shoot with my iPhone, as I get images that are a lot more real. But on this weekend, I wanted to try out my super new 85mm portrait lens.
My camera and new lens was lying on the coffee table, when we started up a competitive game of “hang man”. I had to guess the words, and the kids plotted some really tough ones. I surreptitiously took my camera, and without disengaging from the game, got these natural photos of my girls, just as they truly are. I would have loved to ask them to move away from the window, or to step back just a little to get a wider frame, but I didn’t dare – and the results are below. This little set of photos may not be technically perfect, but my heart feels glad to look at them.
I have long loved the look of a snapshot style photo, and these embody that style, I guess.
Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of the gorgeous scenery, beach, and sea treasures, including hundreds of pumpkin shells we collected. too 🙂