June 11, 2013

Caving In – No More DIY Graduation Photos

It’s official, Nicki is cuter in a doctoral hood than I am.

And she tolerated another staged photo!

After our last attempt at DIY graduation photos, we were thinking of trying again at local park. We decided against the park for a couple reasons. It’s uncomfortably hot outdoors in our neck of the woods, a full 20 degrees warmer than UCSC, and far too hot for a heavy weight, big black graduation gown. Gotta love these microclimate! It’s also incredibly hard to get Nicki to smile for the camera when using the tripod. It can be hard in general, but at least with a person behind the camera you have a chance of hitting the right moment. We would have had a long outting, and been trying Nicki’s patience again. And lastly, I can’t find my camera remote. Using the timed shutter would make an already challenging problem next to impossible. All around it seemed like it was going to be a miserable experience, so we passed.

I admitted defeat with the DIY graduation photos and we went to JC Penney Portrait studio. Scoff if you will, but this kind of formal (staged) photo is the sort of thing they excel in, and I was very happy with the results. I can relax now.

Of course I had to have a little fun behind the camera too. I’m always happier behind the camera than in front of it.

On the Move

Silly Mommy, the hood is on upside down!
(I didn’t notice my mistake until afterwards, but I have to admit, it fits well with her expression)

Photo from JCPenney

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