Thank you for stopping by! As I rarely have time to update this blog anymore, please come visit me at my new photoblog, Cari Berry Photography where I'll blog the occassional Beauty and the little Beast story, as well as post sneak peeks and stories from all my photo sessions. I try to give return blog love to all visitors over there, and hope to start giveaways there in the very near future!

For visitors to this blog, please accept my apologies, but I've had to turn on captcha because of the insane amount of spam comments I've been getting. Dontcha hate it when one bad apple ruins it for everyone else??!! ;)

Monday, May 4, 2009

i Heart {Hats} and Faces

This week's theme over at i Heart Faces is hats. My kids entry is a recent shot of Beauty in her cupcake hat and rainbow-colored tutu. This was the day after she started crawling and she did NOT want to sit still and have her picture taken!


And my adult entry is hubby and the little Beast in their sun hats during our family vacation last July. (stupid Blogger cuts off the edge of the picture if I resize it bigger, grrr...)


Please feel free to offer constructive criticism of my photos; your feedback helps me improve, thanks! And despite tons of online research and 2 hours playing with cameras at Best Buy, I'm still using my point and shoot. If you have an affordable, quality dSLR recommendation for a beginner, please leave that advice in your comments too!

To view more people in hats, head over to i Heart Faces.

64 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love all the colors in your kid entry...so nice!

Stacie's Madness said...

cute!
love the new layout!

Christina said...

How cute!

Look at those adorable faces!

Carebear said...

Thanks ladies! I love both these photos, but worry that the one of Beauty is too yellow (that's setting-sun light on her face which is so warm) and perhaps too bright which caused some detail to be lost in her face....

Catherine said...

Beauty is just so sweet! What an amazing picture. You composed it perfectly! And what can I say about a Daddy & his little Beast? So adorable! Great entries!

Sarah said...

The photo of your little beauty is adorable...so is what she is wearing! What a beauty she is!

Julie Rivera Photography said...

Okay, you know me, not afraid to pick apart even the CUTEST of pictures! :) There is so much absolutely right with the Beauty's picture, from the textured flooring to the colorful tutu and hat. However, I too see the yellow. Does your editing software have photo filters or "temperature" settings where you can make it a bit cooler? Skin tones are a bear, aren't they?! And what a great hugging, full of hats picture of your husband and son! Makes me happy.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Great pictures! I especially love the one of Beauty!

April said...

What a super job you did on your entries...both are great!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

I love your entries for this week! Mine go up tonight!

MaryAnne said...

That photo of Beauty is stunning - and I love your new banner!

Carebear said...

Okay Julie - took a little yellow out. But now is it too cool?!

Phatchik said...

The first one made me smile - how adorable?!?!

Katelyn said...

Great picture! Too cute!

I have a Sony Alpha200. It is a DSLR and it's 10.2 megapixels. I like it a lot and it was relatively inexpensive as far as cameras go....$499. Let me know if you want more specs :)

MamaJoss said...

Gorgeous photos! I also have 2 little ones 9 months and 21 months :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Your little girl is too precious! And I LOVE the picture of your son and husband. Such a sweet, sweet memory!

Nori D said...

Your little girl looks so precious

E @ Scottsville said...

Oh, that first picture should so win! That is just way too freakin' cute for words!!! =0)

LOVE your blog header, too.

Shonni said...

OHHH, those are both so wonderful! I really like your little girl picture...the colors are so fun!

Show and Tell Photography said...

Ohhhh...love the 'tutu' cute image of Beauty ; ) Just lovely! Great composition, love the way you captured her.

Becca said...

I certainly do not know enough to give you any criticism, especially because i think these are both so perfect~ :-) your little girl's hat and tutu are just way too cute!

Megan said...

Awww, I love both of those! SO sweet!!

Sally's World said...

the tutu picture is totally stunning, i love it.

Kristin said...

OMG, she is adorable! I want a little girl to dress up! So glad to have found you through SITS!!

Dee said...

What a cutie! I LOVE that first one!

BlogBaby said...

I agree with Julie, there are so many things right with this image of Beauty. I think toning is very personal, I tend to lean towards a warmer tone rather than a cool tone. I think this is about as cool as I would go. Composition wise the only thing that could have made a SLIGHT improvement would have been a 15 or 20 degree tilt to the left so that beauties face would have fallen into the rule of thirds. Also when my subject is looking up I like to leave more space on the top rather than at the bottom of the image. It gives your subject something to look into if that makes sense. Oh and I'd give the edges a burn to really bring the focus into beauty and not the texture she is sitting on.

As far as camera advice goes...I am a Canon fan through and through so anything outside of their wonderful products is beyond my expertise.

Just some humble advice from one of your biggest fans. ;)

BlogBaby's BabyMama

kathy Martin said...

Awesome photo and i love the colors!
Guatemala's Gift

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

Oh Cari, I love the one of Beauty. That outfit, and look on her face is priceless. Great job.

Carmen said...

I love both pictures, great job....

AJ said...

Lovely work!

FalkFamily said...

I love the photos and love your blog! I also love that you are from Seattle - yay!

I ended up finding my Nikon D70s on craigslist and it came with one lens, an extra battery, a tripod, software and all sorts of goodies for $475. It's in perfect condition and came with all the original boxes and manuals. After all the research I did, I thought it was quite a steal. Although now I think I need a 200mm lens to get my kids sports. I figure I will "grow" into it - although right now it's way more camera than I need.

Rachel said...

So sweet! I know how tough it is to get a still shot of an active baby!

And that last shot with daddy is priceless! Love his expression!

tiff said...

I love both of them but the kid's entry - Oh my! I love it.

Alicia in a house full of Bees said...

Those are my FAVORITE! You nailed it this week for sure.

Bar-b said...

Both beauty and teh beast were gorgeous. That smile he is wearing is great! Also, that colored tutu and polka dotted hat are magical.

Great shots.

Robin said...

I love both pictures......but then I'm terrible at picture taking....but I still love your photos.


Hope you have had a beautiful day.

Foursons said...

L-O-V-E the kid entry!

Heather said...

Both your entries are awesome! I like Beast's little smirk. I wish I knew about those poofy tutus when Hanna was a baby, I don't think Qunn would appreciate me putting one on him!

Kameron said...

I have no advice as I am as novice as they come! I think the shot of Beauty is gorgeous! I need ruffles and tutus in my life. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

QzakGirl said...

If that's what you capture with a point and shoot, you must must must get your hands on a DSLR!
That tutu pic is fantastic!

I gave you a little advice about your camera purchase over on iHearFaces social network. I just thought of another option for you...refurb! Go to BHphoto.com. Sometimes they sell "used" cameras. Really they are usually returned cameras that have nothing wrong with them. BH is a highly reputable store. I use them for all of my camera equipment (I have the Nikon D80). They will tell you anything you want about the camera before you purchase, and the customer service is great. I personally know someone who bought a "used" D40 from them 3 years ago, and it was brand new.

Alicia said...

Adorable!! I love tutus!

Lolli said...

I simply adore your kids entry! What a great shot! And your new look is fabulous!

Susie said...

Sooooooo precious!!

Abby*Lane said...

Oh my goodness, too cute! (or should I say too too cute? LOL!)

Caroline said...

really rather stunning - gorgeous!! Awesome shot of Beauty, but really sweet of Beast too :D
Cx

EL at Through My Own Lens said...

LOVE your kids entry this week!!! So fun and colorful. I love the angle of you looking down on her! Nice job!

Amanda and Katie said...

I love the kids entry and all the colors. And the adult entry is adorable...love that one too!

Be sure to stop by our blog. We gave you something lovely :)

Keri said...

Little beauty is cute as a cupcake! Great photos!

Bacardi Mama said...

Who could find a criticism for these beautiful pictures?

Boybarian Dad said...

What darling pics. Nice work.

B Dad

drewmark19 said...

That picture of your little girl is STUNNING! And to think you took it with a point and shoot. You are getting really, really GOOD at this. Can you come over and give me lessons now?

koopermom said...

Adorable pictures!!!

I tagged you over on my blog today. Come and see!

~Tara said...

Hey SITSa..Beauty looks, well beautiful!! Great entries for both!! SO happy for you that hubby's coming home! Oh, and what a generous giveaway...YOU ROCK! I like it here and will definitely be back!

Declutter Your Life said...

Super cute!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh, I love both pics...the hat on your little beauty is adorable!!!

I started out with the NikonD40 which is a great little camera and totally coming down in price! Just a thought ;)

Busy Bee with Three said...

I love hats so I love your pictures!! The new 'look' of your blog is great too!!
Colleen

Pam D said...

Great pictures! I really love the kdis entry.. the colors are amazing. What a cutie!

Rocksee said...

Gorogous pic!

shortmama said...

Cute, cute cute!!

bluntdelivery said...

oh, i saw this hat on etsy! love it!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Fabulous!!!!

Terrific colors!

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Cute matching hats too.

jennifer said...

i would never have thunk to put a knit cap and tutu together. it is THE best.

Synergy Girl said...

I am IN LOVE with that first picture!! Oh, and I have to say, that I have entered twice, because of you. I of course, am not amazing, but it is fun when I can remember, and gives me something to work on. I hope you win something this week!!!!

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

The tutu'd baby in the hat photo is fantastic!!!!