Tim, Jessica & Roman Mackie — Baby Photography

Tim and Jessica brought their newborn baby, Roman, into the studio for his first professional photo shoot.  Roman was in good spirits when he arrived, so we set him down right away in the wicker basket and Jessica attended to him, as shown in this first picture.  I like this picture because of the closeup on Roman’s face and the good look at his blue eyes. 

finger sucking

My 50 mm lens provides a blurred look in the background, also known as shallow depth of field.  With a small aperture of 1.4 or 1.8, the focal plane is minimal, meaning the distance for how much of the subject is in focus is minimal.  A large aperture, like f5 or f6, would create a much deeper depth of field and most everything would be in focus.   Point-and-shoot cameras tend to produce a deep depth of field.  They do well at having everything in focus.  This is o.k., but it does not produce the type of pleasing artistic effect seen in these photos. 

In the basket

Here is a wide-angle shot giving a view of the backdrop, the lighting, and the Mackie family. 

 a studio shot

I brought out my tripod and macro lens to get this ring shot on the baby’s toes.   It is a fun way to symbolically tie the family together into one picture.

ring shot on baby toes

Here is Roman in his dad’s hands.  I love how the shot includes Tim.  But if you were not looking at the picture carefully,  it would be easy to miss him on the side. 

Roman in Tim's hands

Here is Roman in the baby hammock my wife crocheted for the studio.   It turned out that Roman was too interested in the surroundings to fall asleep. 

baby hammock

I think this is a beautiful shot of Tim with Jessica in the background.  Dad is delighted with his son. 

Tim and family

Another look at Tim, with Jessica giving a soft smile.   There was a moment when I saw Tim look up over his glasses (I didn’t have the camera in position to shoot it).  I thought it looked pretty cool, so I told him to do it again.  I think the picture works. 

over the glasses look

Enough with the dad; it’s time to get Jessica in focus.   Except there is Tim in the background being a showboat . . .  but that is not completely true, since I set him up to do that.  I wanted him to show some action. 

So here is Jessica with her firstborn.  I love her expression in this shot.

Jessica in the foreground

Here is a wonderful family picture.  You can see that Roman’s head is slightly out of focus and the background is very much out of focus.   It is a good example of the shallow depth of field that makes the image look so interesting. 

 family picture with Roman

Here is another family picture with Roman looking over Jessica’s shoulder.   It is as if Roman is looking at the camera with his dad and mom looking naturally at him.  I love the look.

Over the shoulder

Baby Kylie

Kylie and her parents came for some family photos.  Here are a few of the pictures that I took. 

Dan enjoys a moment with Kylie. 

I think Katie looks gorgeous in this image.  I knew Katie since she was a small child.  Her parents are good friends of ours. 

I have a new set at the studio using window light.  I was eager to give it a try. 

I have a special affect that I put on many of my photos.  I love how it turned out on this one. 

Kylie took an immediate liking to the rocking chair.   She found that she could rock and was quite definate about perfecting her new skill.

Here she is looking out the big studio windows.  Something out there was of great interest. 

I was just adding a little something to show off her great expression. 

Though I did add saturation to the picture, I did not add color to her eyes .  I love the look. 

James Studio Madison Baby Photography of Estelle

July 9, 2010 Estelle, her mother, and her grandmother came to James Studio for some portraits.   Estelle and her mother came from the Milwaukee area.   Our time together went very well and we were able to get some fabulous shots of Estelle.

If you look closely you can see me reflected in Estelle’s eyes on this shot.  I love those bronze colored eyes, they are rather unusual.

This is my favorite shot of the day.  I think the picture looks better in this vertical position; Mom was actually lying down and had Estelle on her chest. 

Here is a classic picture with Grandma.  

Here she is in a pretty white dress. 

Estelle was very cute in this outfit; I just love the vibrant colors.