Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Last year I loved the photos I got while Andrew and I carved pumpkins. And the scrapbook page I made with those shots is one of my all time favs. So, yesterday, when we decided it would be a good day to carve, I had extremely high expectations.
My camera has a mode that will not only take a delayed shot (so I can press the button and then get in the shot), but I can set it to take a series of delayed shots. So, I set my camera to take 10 photos each time I press the button. I put it on a pile of books so it is at just the right height. I push the button, get in the shot and click, click, click, 10 photos are taken.
Now, I want an authentic look to these photos. I want us to be looking at the pumpkins, or each other, or somehow genuinely engaged with the project at hand. But, my camera does whatever it can to distract the boys into, ahem, staring at the camera. Lights are flashing, there are noises that are loud and hypnotizing. So, in these photos I am saying things like "Look at the pumpkin! Don't look at the camera! Can't this just be authentic?!!? I mean, honestly. Just look at the pumpkin!"
Sometimes it's really stressful to have high expectations.
But, we pulled it off. A series of pumpkin carving shots, two carved pumpkins and two semi-scarred-but-will-probably-recover children.