The many faces of a five year old.

The best of the bunch.

Originally, I was just going to post this shot above. It has the best light, Ben looks happy and his eyes have that bright spark… If you have taken a Superhero Photo class you will recognize those as catchlights!

Anyway, as I loaded this image up, I realized that I never show you the whole progression of the mini-photoshoots I do with Ben. As you can tell, Ben is a ham… and as he gets older it’s harder and harder to photograph him looking natural. But I find if I keep it playful and click the shutter about a hundred times, I always come away with some great images.

Also, for those trying to improve their photography, you will notice that the light was instantly better when I swiveled around and photographed Ben on the ground to my left. When he was on the bed his face was in shadow and things got a bit grainy/noisy. Of course, sometimes it’s all about the expression and a less than perfect exposure can do the job as well.

Hope your weekend was good! and full of photo-worthy moments. I’ve been cooking up a new set of classes for you that I will be announcing soon, so stay tuned!

Smiling for the camera, shot with Canon Xsi

Trying to be serious.

A more typical shot I get.

If I had a nickel for every shot like this…

Ben and the half smile.

Ben fart face, shot with Canon Xsi




  1. Posted July 23, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Wow, I loved seeing the many faces of Ben! Such a beautiful and visual reminder of how just because things don’t work out perfectly the first time we try doesn’t mean we won’t get there, even if it does take 100 different tries.

  2. Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Andrea, my whole family sat in front of the computer yesterday and watched a video of Ben holding the microphone for Julian. He’s got a truckload of charisma, that kid.

  3. Posted July 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    That kid is utterly adorable! Those eyelashes are amazing! Wish I had such a willing subject!

  4. elisa mikiten
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    That was really interesting, photographically. I learned something.

    And that Ben….growing into his own face, looking more and more himself.

  5. Robin Troxell
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    He is just so expressive!! I know what you mean about trying to get a good pic of your own kid – nearly impossible with my goofy almost 6 year old boy!

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