A Mans Morning

I am a pretty avid redditor. The other day on the subreddit everyman should know there was a post about what a real mans morning is. Below is my take on a mans morning.

Hear toddler crying.
Pry eyes open and shlep to toddlers room.
Calm toddler and change diaper.
Milk
Contemplate shower.
Skip shower.
Usher wife and toddler into big jacked up Land Cruiser. Vroom!
Take toddler to daycare.
Starbucks with the wife.
Get into town and realize that I forgot a clients project at the house.
30min drive back to house for client project.
30min drive back to town to deliver client project.
Wait 30min for client to arrive.

Depth of Field

Alright dads it is time to talk photography. Depth of field is a photographic term that describes how much of an image is in focus. Here is a visual representation of DOF. I decided to use some beer bottles to help illustrate my point. So kick back grab a beer and enjoy! You might just learn something about photography.

f32 aka a ton of DOF. The thing to remember though is that on 35mm format this photo is "diffraction limited"

f32 aka a ton of DOF. The thing to remember though is that on 35mm format this photo is “diffraction limited”

 

f22 Welcome to the land of deep depth of field. Diffraction starts to take a real toll on image quality here.

f22 Welcome to the land of deep depth of field. Diffraction starts to take a real toll on image quality here.

f16 This image has a lot of DOF. However you can start to see a little fuzzyness on the last bottle.

f16 This image has a lot of DOF. However you can start to see a little fuzzyness on the last bottle.

f11 this is a pretty common apperture to use for shooting product. You are starting to reach the point where diffraction can limit image resolution.  The last bottle is a little fuzzy and the second to last bottle starts to go out of focus too.

f11 this is a pretty common apperture to use for shooting product. You are starting to reach the point where diffraction can limit image resolution. The last bottle is a little fuzzy and the second to last bottle starts to go out of focus too.

f8. The old saying in photography is f8 and be there. The first two bottles are clearly focused. The last to are out of focus.

f8. The old saying in photography is f8 and be there. The first two bottles are clearly focused. The last to are out of focus.

f5.6 this is a really common portrait apperture. The first bottle is super sharp. About as sharp as it can be with this lens.

f5.6 this is a really common portrait apperture. The first bottle is super sharp. About as sharp as it can be with this lens.

f4 The bottles in back are starting to really read as out of focus.

f4 The bottles in back are starting to really read as out of focus.

f3.5 DOF is starting to get noticeably deeper.

f3.5 DOF is starting to get noticeably deeper.

f3.2 This is a narrow DOF and lenses are at sub optomial levels any narrower than this, but they are used for effect, and for speed.

f3.2 This is a narrow DOF and lenses are at sub optomial levels any narrower than this, but they are used for effect, and for speed.

f2.8 this is as fast as most zooms get. You can nail sharpness still, but it is not as sharp as f5.6 anywhere in the image.

f2.8 this is as fast as most zooms get. You can nail sharpness still, but it is not as sharp as f5.6 anywhere in the image.

f2.0 things in back are really out of focus now.

f2.0 things in back are really out of focus now.

f1.8 This is about as narrow as DOF gets on most lenses.

f1.8 This is about as narrow as DOF gets on most lenses.

 

So how do you translate this to taking pictures of your kids? The big take away is what aperture does. The aperture on the camera affects how much of the image is in focus.

Go take some pictures and report back…

Flashes of Hope

Last week I had the privledge of working for Flashes of Hope. If you don’t know about Flashes of Hope here is the description from their website:

“Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.

The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it’s especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.

Founded by a 10-year old cancer patient, our Kick-It program raises money for children’s cancer research. Cancer remains the leading disease killer of children in the United States and our goal to kick cancer out of EVERY childhood! For more information, please visit www.kick-it.org. Our goal is to photograph every child until every child is cured.”

In short Flashes of Hope is an amazing organization that puts children and families in touch with amazing photographers. We get the privilege of photographing these children and their families. The value of a photograph really can not be put into words. Photographing for this organization was one of the highlights in my career.

This is one of the very few organizations that I have ever volunteered to work for as a photographer. I found what they do so moving that I was compelled to help.

I photographed 10 children and their families in a tiny nook in a hospital. We also had two surprise guest for the children (some professional hockey players). It was probably also one of the most emotionally draining experiences of my life. Being a father I had a really hard time keeping it together a few times when I was photographing children that were not much older than my daughter.

Anyway it was amazing. You have to check out this organization and if you can give to them. http://www.flashesofhope.org/

A Day in the life of a dad.

Over the last 18 months my life has been completely transformed.

Here is my to do list today.

1. Get Em ready for day care

2. Take Out Trash

3. Follow up biz e-mail

4. Biz meeting at Starbucks

5. Swing by the studio to do some work

6. Retouch 3 photos for a client

7. Do dishes at home

8. Pick up Em from daycare

9. Fix Dinner and finish cleaning house

I will be the first to admit that I am not the greatest at balancing home life and work. Especially on days when Em does not have daycare.

Hello!

Welcome to my blog. First post are always kind of strange. I never know quite how to begin. So here it goes…

I’m a husband, a father, and a creative. I love my wife, my daughter, and my job. My job is awesome. I get to be both a stay at home dad and a commercial and advertising photographer. Having a job that I love has always been important to me. It amazes me that I have been able to make a career for myself by doing what I love.

This blog is honestly going to just be my musings about being a father. Hopefully it will be useful, funny, and awesome.

Kids Have a Lot of Doctors Appointments

This morning my wife and I woke up and I realized kids have a ton of doctors appointments. Today was our daughters 18 month check up.

Check ups always bring a certain amount of anxiety with them. There is always that feeling of “have we been doing everything right?”, “Are we reading the right parenting books?”, and “is she eating enough?”. Well today was one of those great checkups where the doctor told us we were doing everything right for the most part.

We are raising our daughter as a vegetarian. This has been some drama about this with both my parents and with my wife’s parents. It is an even bigger problem for them because our daughter is on the small side. Today the doctor said that despite our daughter being small we are doing great on her diet, she would however add in some more greens to her diet. As every father knows adding more greens to an 18 month olds diet can be rather challenging. We will see how it goes.

The best thing about this doctors visit is that we don’t have another appoint for 6 months.