Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip The 52 Project

8/52 {The 52 Project}


A portrait of each of my children once every week for 2015.

   Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life  

Kitty: It might have been pouring with rain but there’s nothing that can dampen your spirit. You didn’t want to wear your hood up to stay dry, and I think you’d quite happily have taken a shower under a few waterspouts.  Even with the waterproofs by the time we got back to the car you and your sister both had soaking wet socks from all the puddle jumping.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 400)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma: You’re some years off knowing what the words actually say, and if we’re being picky the book is also upside down, but that’s not going to stop you from reading the story to your zebra.  And in the matter of continuity from last week, you’re still wearing your fairy wings, just with a varying choice of fairy-appropriate skirts.  

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/50, f/1.8, ISO 800)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Pip:  You are so happily fascinated with putting everything within reach into your mouth. Mummy’s fingers, Daddy’s face, all toys and teddies and some good chunks of your sisters’ hair.  You’re going to be ready for some real food in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to see what you make of it.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/100, f/2.5, ISO 250)

And on a slightly geeky side note, all three pictures this week are exactly as they came out of the camera.  I started to make myself shoot entirely in manual at the end of last year, rather than relying on either aperture or shutter priority and I’m starting to get a much better feel for where to start when I’m setting the camera so that I only have to do a few tweaks while I’m shooting.  To have three pictures that I don’t want to tweak feels like I’m making progress and really starting to get the images I want to capture. In other words, hurrah, I’m almost as clever as my camera!


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  • Kim 21/02/2015 at 11:55 am

    I love seeing kids playing in the rain, there is just something wonderful watching them splash around, getting wet, and not really caring. Good time.

    I see fairy wings again 🙂 Pip looks like he is having a grand time.

    Congratulations on the camera settings 🙂

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 10:09 pm

      It’s one of those things I remember from my own childhood; you’d feel damp and cold when you first went out but then you were wet anyway and a little more water didn’t matter so you just got on with it!!

  • Yanic 21/02/2015 at 12:06 pm

    First off : Great job on the pictures, they look amazing. I’ve been doing the same, but my results have been less amazing. 🙂

    Your little ones are so precious. Rain is one of our favorites here and at 4yo, my daughter still wears fairy wings have the day. And that Pip, just makes me smile every times.

    Have a wonderful week-end my dear! xo

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 10:07 pm

      And you too 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 21/02/2015 at 3:04 pm

    Quick tip, keep your shutter speed to 1/60th or above unless your trying to introduce movement.

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 10:05 pm

      It’s usually a case of hold my breath and keep still because that’s all the light I’ve got to work with!! I usually keep the shutter about 1/100 and as near to 1/200 as I can get it when taking pictures of the kids but light, England and winter are not a great combination!!

  • sally 21/02/2015 at 4:04 pm

    Your girls are so good getting out in the rain, which really means you are so good getting out in the rain. And your camera talk is completely over my head, but the photos all look great!

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 10:02 pm

      I think it’s more a case of desperate times call for desperate measures!

  • manou 21/02/2015 at 8:20 pm

    beautiful babies!!!

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 9:50 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • barnraised (Jen) 21/02/2015 at 9:41 pm

    So cute 🙂

    • Carie 23/02/2015 at 9:50 pm

      thank you 🙂