Lucia and Claire posing for the camera for a special Mother's Day photo. This photoshoot was both fun and an exercise in frustration. Dan had taken them to a professional photography studio in the local mall, and while they had gotten a few good pictures, we just had to try to get more. So we bought some sheets at target along with white card/tracing paper, and grabbed all our desklamps and set up a studio in the girls' room. Guess what, desk lamps aren't nearly bright enough for reflected or diffused light. I had to shoot at 1/30-1/40 and brighten everything on the computer, killing a lot of the detail. Also, the kids were going crazy, and Geoff had to help out with coaxing the kids to stay still.
Shortly after producing a few useable pictures, we found out that framing/matting the photos would cost a small fortune. So we bought a premade frame, a mat cutter, some measuring tools, and uncut mat, and went to work. The final product, over two days in the making (one for shooting and one for matting), turned out pretty nicely. I hear Margot liked it, although I haven't seen it hung up just yet.
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