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Monday, April 13, 2009

I Heart {Easter} Faces - Amateur Week

Well, because my kids are little stinkers, and refused to cooperate both times I tried taking Easter portraits, I had a hard time finding anything worth entering this week. Fortunately, my mom managed to coax a smile out of Beauty in her Easter outfit and I snapped this one decent shot. You can view it bigger by clicking here.

I'm more a novice than an amateur, but I am learning so much each week at i Heart Faces! I would love any advice or feedback you could offer to help me improve my photos! Thanks for stopping by.


f/3.2
1/160 sec
ISO 400
Sony Cybershot DSCH50 (point-n-shoot)
Edited in Picnik

70 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh my! She is just delicious! I love that great little smile that goes all the way up to her eyes,

And of course, baby toesies in the picture are always bonus! :) Great Easter shot!

The Animator's Wife said...

Oh so cute. Love your crop and THAT BOW!

Brooke said...

Oh I think this is wonderful! I love her little Easter dress, and that smile/smirk is priceless. Great entry for I Heart Faces.

Jessica Anderson Photography said...

She's adorable! Love the dress :) my dd wore the same one for Easter!

Heather said...

I think you already have the idea of props! I love that she's sitting on the woven runner/mat. Great texture! And of course she's adorable!!

The Dillon 6 said...

ohmygosh! what a DOLL! I love the photo!

MoodyMommy said...

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The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE that bow!

tiff said...

I would consider you so much more than a novice.
This is a beautiful photo.

Julie Rivera Photography said...

Honestly, I don't know what I would offer by way of criticism. The lighting is beautiful, the backdrop is interesting without being overwhelming, the colors pop and the skin tone is lovely. Seems like you are master of the point and shoot and Picnik! Okay, maybe the tone is a touch cool, but that is in the eye of the beholder. Very sweet picture!

Mighty M said...

That is adorable! The color on her dress just pops!! But who can tell because we are just looking at that beautiful face!! ;-)

Prpldy said...

She is precious!

Christina said...

Just wait... they get even more uncooperative as they get older.

Beauty is absolutely adorable!

Shonni said...

What a beautiful baby and the hair band on her is so cute!!

Kelly said...

She is so stinkin' adorable!!

lmt1073 said...

cutie patootie!

MaryAnne said...

I love this photo, Beauty is adorable! I'm much more of a novice than you are, so I love it when you write out what you did in GIMP/Picnik.

Catherine said...

Oh my mercy... she is just gorgeous! Seriously ~ I love this photo! She is crisp, clear and happy! I love the textured mat she is sitting on... I really love this!

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

Oh goodness I love it. This is such a precious shot. I love her smile, the way she is looking a little up or to the side. And the outfit, oh my, is just too cute. What a nice shot, and what a nice memory captured. I love picnik too.

BeLovEdAiMeE said...

it's a great shot of her...adorable as ever!!

Miti said...

She's such a doll! I love her little outfit and the cute little head band. It's really hard to snap pictures of little ones, that's for sure!

Barb said...

SO sweet. Great photo. I like the way her toes and fingers alternate. Cute! - - Missed you at Stamp Club Saturday. Hope to see you there next month.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!
Found you via SITS

Blessedw5mom said...

Oh those cheecks, those eyes, that smile that bow!!! All too too cute!

Diane said...

What an adorable little girl. Your site is awesome. I have given you an attitude of gratitude award. You can check it out on my blog.

Heather said...

looks pretty good to me! She really is a beauty!

EL at Through My Own Lens said...

WOW-WEE!!! Honestly, this is one of my favorites so far this week (amateur AND regular)!!! I love the colors and her outfit, I love the expression and emotion you captured, I love the background and the floor even! I love the detail on her little fingers and toes! I know it's probably hard in Picnik, but the ONLY advice I can offer (and I'm grabbing at straws here) is to try and sharpen up her face a little and her eyes. But, I thinks it's FANTASTIC! I love it!!! Very, very nice job! Good luck!

Kelly said...

Thank for the comment! I actually can't say that her hair looks that cute, without a little help from my curling iron. ;)
I did get a new blog look. I just changed it myself today. :) I love messing around with the HTML. :)

Karyn Kuniyuki said...

Decent, NO! Fantastic, YES! THis is awesome Carebear, love her tipsy pose and the outfit is precious, way to go Mom for coaxing the smile!

Jackie said...

This is a beautiful photo! I love the smile, the headband and the little feet peeking out from under the dress! What a doll!

Lolli said...

Are you kidding me? That is not an amateur-looking photo! You did a great job with the clarity, the color, the posing, everything!!

Goldylocks said...

WOW - gorgeous! The color is amazing. She is adorable.

Melinda said...

You did that with a point-and-shoot? You got talent, girlie!! Beautiful colors and her skin tones are wonderful! The only thing I noticed is it looks like the focus landed on her dress instead of her eyes. Other than that...amazing photo!!!

Melinda B

Susie said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is a gorgeous picture of a beautiful little girl!! Awesome job:-)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! I love this. I think you are going to be a winner. Holy Canoli. It is too adorable for words : ). She is precious!

R and R Stacy said...

She's adorable!! Love the hair bow.

Sarah said...

I think the photo is fabulous! The lighting is divine and the subject is gorgeous!! Great shot!

Christi said...

I'm so a beginner so I having nothing to offer really. I think the colors are just great against her skin. What I love is that the photo is so natural and she looks so happy. Everything just fits together in it. I still like all the outtakes. LOL

Becca said...

She is so so cute! :-) What a perfect picture -- I cant imagine that you are an amateur! I love everything about it!!

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

That is amazing clarity from a point and shoot! Awesome

theArthurClan said...

She is absolutely adorable and you took an excellent capture of her. Way to go!!

The only suggestion I might have would be that you could try blurring or burning the edges of the photo. It'd take away the look of the cabinets behind her. But truly, it doesn't matter either way. She's the star of that photo for sure!

~Angie
co-founder of iHeartFaces

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That picture is adorable!!!

Amanda said...

I dont think there is any advice to give on this picture... I LOVE it!!

Great job!
God bless-
Amanda

kbreints said...

Oh what a darling photo! She is adorable!

ღJessicaღ said...

How precious! Her smile is to die for! :)

Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the comment. Your picture is SO cute. I love the colors and the clarity of it. Great pic!

Christal said...

I love your picture too! I felt so stupid after I posted my name and then went back up to look at pics and noticed that I was right under someone whose name was 2under2! I thought I was being pretty creative, and I swear I hadn't even looked at yours! Anyways! I love the pic! I love how she is leaning on her arms like that, I've tried many times to capture my daughter when she is doing that, and I never can! So congrats! I'm glad we have good taste in dresses... I looked at the one your daughter is wearing too, but I wanted one that both my girls could wear and they didn't have it in my older daughters size! Thanks for your comment!

Melinda said...

Oh my - this picture is perfect: the colors are perfect and she is just a doll!

The Me/ The Wife/ The Mom said...

Decent, you say? Try absolutely fantastic! She is absolutely adorable in her Easter finery! Great shot!

Shannon said...

What a doll baby. Love the photo.

Susan said...

Love the expression and her whole outfit is just adorable!
Great capture.

Keri said...

Good gravy! Can she possibly get any cuter? Just check out the adorable headband and dress. A little princess!

Bar-b said...

are you kidding me? what a happy, cheerful, beautiful baby!!!!!!!!

Kidd Family said...

how can you not smile when look at this pic?!
cute headband...
darling dress...
ADORABLE girl!

great pic... definately doesn't look like an amateur shot.

VickiB said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on this week's entry. Love the shot of your little girl. SO cute!

BlogBaby said...

Oh Beauty how I love thee!!! Look at that smile!

You are some seriously STIFF competition with all that cuteness!

BlogBaby

drewmark19 said...

How did I miss your entry this week? This is beautiful. I love her expression and that Easter dress is pretty!

Katarina said...

Beautiful!!!!! Way to go on making the top ten too!!! That's awesome!

drewmark19 said...

You go, girl! Top ten! I'm so excited for you.

EL at Through My Own Lens said...

CONGRATS! This was one of my favs too! Good job!

Courtney and the Boys said...

Woo-hoo! Top ten! Way to go, friend!

Melissa said...

I was looking at the top ten photos and all of a sudden i saw YOURS!
Congratulations on making in the top ten! It's really a great picture.

Melinda said...

Wahooo!!! I am so excited that your photo was in the top 10 this week!! Congrats!! It really is a very lovely photo!! (I wonder how many more !! I can use?!?!?!) : )

Rachel said...

I was so excited to see Beauty's face in the Top Ten! Go grab that button and stick it proudly on your sidebar! :) way to go Mommy photog and Beauty!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

Gorgeous pic! Congrats on being in the Top 10!

Catherine said...

Congratulations! I knew this was a winner! Great job! Thanks for the compliment on my blog!

BlogBaby said...

10th Place!! Yahoo! I am doing a victory dance for you RIGHT NOW!

BlogBaby

Clive and Dawn said...

wow you have a lot of comments! and rightly so, what an awesome photo of your cute baby girl. congrats!

Kidd Family said...

congrats on your much deserved top ten this week! way to go!

BeLovEdAiMeE said...

congrats on making the top ten!!!! it's a beautiful picture! :)