Friday, October 3, 2008

PSF - Cause I always wanted to

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

After some thought and inspiration from the wonderful photogs I follow, I decided I wanted to venture a try at the 'sleeping baby' pics. I know my youngest won't be a baby for too much longer so I wanted to take advantage sooner than later. After putting them to bed, I stall for time to make sure Miss V is totally asleep. Then I take my camera and a flashlight and tiptoe into her room. Setting my camera on the highest ISO possible and opening her door with the hall light on and the flashlight shining on the was still way dark. Darn. OK, plan B. She's asleep, right? Why not turn on her light a bit? As soon as my finger hit the button on the ceiling fan light, her little head popped up to see what I was up to. UGH, Darn. Ok, turn the light off and walk out so she goes back to sleep.

I wait 5 mintues and go back into her room. This time I set up to use my external flash set to a high brightness and a low ISO and high SS. Miss V is sleeping on her back and I set up and take my first shot **CLICK/FLASH** and just then they poor startled baby jumped higher than I have ever seen her do. Poor girl, I blinded her! I felt terrible.

She rolls over and goes back to sleep and I walk out for another 5 min break. I re-adjust my settings, lower my flash and sneak back in to try again and manage to get this shot through the bars of her crib:


But I woke her up again!


I leave again for another 10 min break. But I am not defeated! Nope not at all. I sneak back in there and proceed to shoot a bunch more. I must have looked like a loon though trying to squeeze my large un-squeezable lens in between the crib rails, leaning over her while standing on a stool, placing my camera in the bed with her and taking a shot totally without looking and taking the chance of lowering her rail to get a better angle. Keeping in mind it was very black in her room so the times where I was standing over her holding the camera at my waist height, I was completely aiming my flash directly into my eyes, which left me seeing spots for a long time! Smart, real smart. However, I did manage to get a few good ones that think captures the moment, despite me being a total idiot!

Dreaming that I would stop taking her picture

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Oh and I wouldn't DARE have taken away her binkie. That would have surely been a death-wish, even though I would have love to have gotten a few with out it.

Ok so I overloaded PSF this week (makes up for my lame-o post last week).


DeAnn October 3, 2008 at 9:03 AM  

Those are beautiful and your story made me laugh, I can just see you tiptoeing in like the Pink Panther...dedah dedah...

Tiaras and Tantrums October 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

those are adorable shots and I could just visualize you doing this!! Really sweet shots! Will she sleep with that nookie in her mouth the entire night?? (just wondering, my kids would never suck on those things)

Cecily R October 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM  

HG, you are SO one of my photography inspriations. You are just amazingly talented. These are gorgeous.

I love your description of your little photo session.

My favorite shot though? The one of her little bum in the air. SO CUTE! October 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM  

Butt in the air sleeping baby pics are ALWAYS adorable. I can't believe she went back to sleep after you woke her. Mine would've been up and DONE with sleeping.

Robin October 3, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

So sweet, and I love the story that went with it.

Happy new year. May it be full of love, health and joy. Oh, and world peace would be good too.

Joanna October 3, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

All of these came out so good. I remember when Ella used to sleep with her butt up in the air. That is so funny. Persistant little mommy! :)

Jaimee October 3, 2008 at 2:03 PM  

Oh my, you are one brave momma!! I'm too chicken to go in and take pictures of Caden sleeping withOUT a flash (and just deal with the hi-noise)!

These are soooo sweet! I LOVE the one of her sleeping on her tummy with her little bum up in the air! Sooo precious! I love sleeping babies!!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us October 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM  

THESE are fantastic! I'm such a chicken to even attempt these shots. Seriously, if my flash went off, he'd be up and at 'em in a nanosecond.

Perhaps you have inspired me again. Perhaps. :)

Weeksie50 October 3, 2008 at 3:09 PM  

I love love love these shots. Sleeping kids always make adorable shots but that binky made em' even cuter..

Melissa October 3, 2008 at 4:59 PM  

Awe, there is truly nothing sweeter than a sleeping child.

Anonymous October 3, 2008 at 8:54 PM  

For all that work you sure ended up with very sweet pictures. I love sleeping babies. I need to get a few of my son. He's been such a horrible sleeper that I never have tried to get any of him. I have loads of his AWESOME sleeper older sister. :) You inspire me to be crazy and risk it one night.

Chris October 3, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

Every photo has a story and this one was great.
I'm proud of you for getting those shots, because she'll be past this phase, much sooner than you ever realize.
These are beautiful. Way to stay in there until you got the shot.

Christina October 3, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

Ooooh, these are wonderful! So very sweet. I love the little bum in the air! And I love the picture you painted of this little photo session. She is a darling - and I'm amazed she just went back right to sleep every time! October 4, 2008 at 1:29 AM  

so precious when they sleep.

Carrie and Troy Keiser October 4, 2008 at 3:43 AM  

Awesome job! Way to be persistent!

Toni October 7, 2008 at 9:33 AM  

Those are darling sleeping shots!

Nap Warden October 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM  

Love the patoot in the air!

Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 12:40 AM  

love the bottom in the air!!! and i tagged you on my blog tonight!

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