This was one of those Mr. Murphy sessions. It started with the trip to Red Deer and our friendly Sherrif’s department thinking that I probably had a really good looking picture on my driver’s licence so they wanted to check it out for themselves. So that put us behind to start with. Then when we finally get to the theatre and start to setup, discover that my wireless triggers have picked today to stop working. No problem, just switch over to a cord, whoops, forgot the cord. So now we try to work with optical slaves, except the only way I have to trip the optical slaves is to use the on-camera flash, which even on manual decides it is going to control the light, and the exposures are all over the place. But because this is theatre, and the show must go on, I ened up shutting off the strobes, and just using the modeling lights to light the portraits.
I have this posted on my Facebook page but just realized that I don’t have it on my blog. It’s one of my favorite images and we have a 30×40 canvas hanging on the wall at home. It was Preston’s first birthday, and like most first born children he wasn’t allowed cake or chocolate or sweets of any kind. So when we decided to do photos of him with his first birthday cake we were not quite sure what to expect. Well he looked at this strange thing in front of him for a few seconds. Then tentatively touched it with his finger which brought off a little icing. So as most one year olds, that went in his mouth. His eyes lit up and he plunged face first into the cake.