Sigh……our second baseball game got rained out, we still haven’t even played the first one!
We do like rain but maybe not this much of it! It has been raining and raining and we have been trying to keep busy inside. So, I pulled out an old toy that I had put away for a ‘rainy day’…or ‘rainy week’ in this case. You know… your kids think they have a new toy when you put one away for 6 months and then pull it out!
The Fire Station (they got when they were three) has become a favorite once again! It is our boy version of a doll house!
I parked it right by the glass doors in the basement – – – so I could take advantage of the light ‘just in case’ I needed to get my camera out : ) I call this being a prepared camera mom. Remember to do this. Your kids can play with their toys just as easy in good window light as they can in another not-so-good-light spot in your house!
(See the natural light coming in the windows? That is what you are always looking for. I never use my flash – – and I mean never. Once you figure out how to set a few dials on your camera you will not need to use your flash either. Read the camera info on the Help Me With tab above.)
The boys decided to bring the Star Wars crew to the Fire House. So the Slave One landed on the helicopter pad …
(This is what my posed shots look like – – which is why I generally don’t take them!)
and the ‘Lego people’ came by for a visit…
(Oh my, dirty ‘rabbit ear’ hands! are those MY boys?!)
and the bunk bed was put in the bathroom and stayed there for a very good reason!
(not a bad place for the bunk bed… pretty convenient as Andrew pointed out that you have to go to the bathroom right before you go to bed and right when you get up!)
They had a blast…on this rainy day….with an old toy!
(this camera mom was a bit bored too so I tried a few new angles)
the watch dog did her job watching (?) their every move on this lazy rainy day…
and she even posed nicely for her photo…dogs do well in natural window light too…
and the cat wanted to come in…but changed his mind and ran back into the rain when he saw the boys playing…wonder why?!
We ended the afternoon with some good reading at the kitchen table (by the window light) and got homework done early.
and this mama got a few shots in of her little reader …with green marker on his face…
(his brother was writing Chinese letters on his face…didn’t realize he knew Chinese!)
…all thanks to our new ‘old’ Fire Station…and our rainy day!
photo mom tip: Rainy days are a fool proof way to get that yummy photo light. The window light is so soft and creamy with the overcast sky. Do try to put your kids toys in this window light and look for the little catch-lights in their eyes (the little white reflections) that tell you there is enough light on their face for a good exposure. These shots were taken with the following settings:
ISO between 1600-2000 because we were inside and it was overcast
F Stop 2.8 notice how some of the close-ups have extra blurry backgrounds, with a low number here you get more blur when you are close up
Shutter Speed 1/80 – 1/100 since there wasn’t a lot of movement/activity I could slow it down a bit and keep the ISO a little lower
No post editing done on these shots as everyone was hungry and dinner needed to get cooked!
Scrapbook note: I do put my photos in a digital photo album. I will post more sample pages soon to show you how I go from what you see on this blog to what the books look like. Remember that your photos need to live in a book on your coffee table or in your kid’s room (where they will be rubbed and loved by little hands)…they do NOT need to live exclusively on a flash drive, memory card or in your computer on a blog or Face Book page! Let’s get them out!!!