I will admit it – I never really plan these portraits. More often than not I quickly look through snapshots from the week and choose the best ones for this post. The last few weeks I’ve really been trying to get some great photos of the children, and build on my (very limited) photography skills. I have a simple point and shoot camera. It has some extra features though. I can adjust the… stuff to make things…. do stuff. But I haven’t really learned how to use that… stuff. I’m kinda glad I haven’t bothered to buy a DSLR because I doubt very much that I’d have figured out how to make the most of it!

This week I was inspired by these tips for styling photography portraits. I still pulled things together in a bit of a hurry, but I think that I’ve managed to create some lovely photos. Better than the phone snaps that I’ve shared in the past! Rocky’s photo was taken earlier in the week – pre-photo styling tips. Pebble’s was taken after I had some guidelines to work with.

A portrait of my children, once a week

Pebble – 3 years, 4 months

The story: we were about to go to Pebble’s very first dance lesson. She was wearing her cousin’s hand me down ballet skirt and jumping on our bed with her fairy wand in hand. She had been jumping and jumping and jumping – this snap was taken just after she landed for a quick rest. I love the pop of colour against the neutral background, the use of the wand as a prop, and that there is no background ‘noise’ to take away from the focus of the shot.

A portrait of my children, once a week

Rocky – 11 weeks

The story: he was just about to be slathered in olive oil to treat his cradle cap and dry skin, poor bubba. It’s so tricky to get a shot of him when he is still, he moves constantly with quick, jerky movements. I love his expression in this photo, he seems to be looking deep into the camera. A rare moment of stillness.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013

52 A Portrait a Week

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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