My son and grandson enjoying the fire. No dreary photo of the local landscape could possibly compete with this for my photo of the day.
This is the first time I have EVER posted a daily photo not taken by me, but I figured it was a good day to cheat…my husband and I threw a 50th Birthday Party for ourselves tonight (Jim celebrated his birthday two weeks ago and mine is three weeks from now), and with all the house guests and preparations (i.e. how on earth to apply such red lipstick without getting it on my teeth) I simply had no time for the camera.
We had a wonderful time and I–uncharacteristically–loved being the center of attention for the evening. The vintage “Mad Men” party theme made me realize that it may be time to eschew my “New York Black” wardrobe and embrace swirly, colorful skirts from now on.
Tonight was my daughter Lael’s 9th grade prom, a decades old tradition at the Greenwich Country Day School where the entire class attends and dates are picked from a hat. I was among the army of Mamarazzi (and Paparazzi, to be fair) photographing the kids at the pre-prom dinner party; I loved this simple candid of my sweet girl.
With just 30 days to go in this daily photo commitment, I figured it was probably time for a self portrait; I look a tad too shy (which I am) and demure (which I am not) here, largely due to the fact that I was too lazy to set up a shot with a tripod or use my DSLR.
Today is my daughter Lael’s 14th Birthday–so there was no way she was getting out of a quick portrait sitting for my photo of the day. We are still in Arizona and the light was too strong outside for a good portrait, so I wrapped her in our hotel room curtains, used a wide aperture and full on flash–usually a no-no for me.
She is becoming such a beautiful young lady and she makes me proud in so many ways. Happy Birthday darling!
I should really post this photo of my son Patrick tomorrow (on St. Patrick’s Day no less), but it was taken today so that’s that. We were down on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and when I looked up at him (I’m short, he’s tall) I immediately thought of the character Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” with whom he shares more than a few personality traits (just the good ones).
My daughter Kathryn is home for spring break and I’ve been dying to do some portraits of my children for this photo-a-day undertaking (they’re at the age where they’re not exactly jumping in front of my camera). After five minutes of begging she agreed to ten minutes of shooting. I quickly set up a makeshift black background, sat her near a north-facing window and pointed a $9.99 clip-on desk light at her with a paper towel taped over the front (fancy!). Post-processing in Silver Efex Pro.