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46 Comments | Report
LarryGreene
 
LarryGreene February 14, 2014
Great candid shot!
dcolquhoun
 
dcolquhoun February 14, 2014
Fantastic Shot!
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman February 14, 2014
This is a stunning shot....
adoptedone
 
adoptedone February 14, 2014
Awesome capture! Love it.
jaxdolfan
 
jaxdolfan February 21, 2014
So adorable! Priceless capture and expression.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 March 18, 2014
so very cute, congrats
YESPEARKAY
 
YESPEARKAY March 19, 2014
so sweet and so nice
estervandermerwe
 
estervandermerwe March 19, 2014
Very cool!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade March 20, 2014
Brilliant!!!
A fantastic captured expression which we photographers long to capture ourselves....well done and congrats!
Brian
gopalakrishnan
 
gopalakrishnan March 20, 2014
excellent capture !!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ March 24, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 May 07, 2014
WHAT A NICE SHOT.
Timbo
 
Timbo May 07, 2014
Fantastic capture.... Awarded
Joanna101 PRO+
 
Joanna101 May 10, 2014
The expression is priceless.
lgraeve
 
lgraeve May 11, 2014
Adorable!
lgraeve
 
lgraeve May 11, 2014
Adorable!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ May 15, 2014
Congrats on your win.
huch5150
 
huch5150 May 15, 2014
Ha! I love it. what a little cutie!!!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 May 15, 2014
How adorable! Marvelous capture. Congratulations o winning!
garyrhook
 
garyrhook May 15, 2014
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Thank you, everyone. I am totally humbled.

Did I say, "wow"?
Sebastiaan
 
Sebastiaan May 15, 2014
Congratulations, very nice capture, kind regards, Sebastiaan.
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac May 15, 2014
Great capture...Congratulations!
jamesvcase
 
jamesvcase May 15, 2014
wonderful capture.. congrats
Amiqdadi PRO+
 
Amiqdadi May 15, 2014
congrats, great shot ;)
hev53 PRO
 
hev53 May 15, 2014
Well captured and well done.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta May 15, 2014
Fabulous mono shot. Congratulations on being the PC Winner.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 16, 2014
Adorable capture! Congrats.
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography May 16, 2014
well done!
susanneradke
 
susanneradke May 16, 2014
Real funny shot - congratulations!
nancyw_5056
 
nancyw_5056 May 19, 2014
Made me smile!
diporzio
 
diporzio May 19, 2014
so cute
diporzio
 
diporzio May 19, 2014
congratulations
greglinck
 
greglinck May 24, 2014
I love the I don't they don't see me photos but I am spying on them!
viewbug_georgem
 
viewbug_georgem May 25, 2014
Capture the moment and never let it go.
Simply fantastic. :-)
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 May 29, 2014
Absolutely adorable! Congrats!!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates May 31, 2014
Wonderful capture! Congrats!
NazrinMalik
 
NazrinMalik July 15, 2014
great shot
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 23, 2014
cute capture !
melissafarelli PRO
 
melissafarelli September 27, 2014
Top shot. :)
MelissaSword PRO
 
MelissaSword March 07, 2015
Love the look on her face, great capture!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 March 30, 2015
Excellent capture...congratulations!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon March 31, 2015
Great expression Gary, congratulations on your Finalist Win in Peekaboo competition
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb April 15, 2015
amazing shot ,love your style
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz April 27, 2015
Adorable!!! Congratulations.:) Eileen
piratessoul
 
piratessoul November 23, 2016
Nailed it!
photoful
 
photoful December 22, 2016
lovely!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was created during a family photo shoot for friends/clients. I live in the Austin metroplex, where we have a wide variety of locations available to us. This was in the front yard of the client's residence, a large, tree-covered lot.
Time
Scheduling a family photo shoot when five children, ages 1 to 6, can be tricky. An early evening, where everyone was well-rested, happy and playful, and the weather mild and clear, proved to be perfect. Working under large shade trees is always a plus. This image was captured around 5:00 PM.
Lighting
I'm comfortable with both natural and artificial light sources, but I have to say that working under huge oak trees on a clear day, with enough coverage to eliminate any mottled light, has to be my favorite environment. Here I was fortunate that nature and the weather cooperated to make the shoot super pleasant with regards to light.
Equipment
At this time I was shooting with a Nikon D5100, and relying on a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens. That lens has never let me down, and still performs to this day. No tripod, no flash, just me, the camera, and the client.
Inspiration
Everyone in this family is kind, friendly, and generally wonderful. The kids are fun, funny, and sweet, so it's the easiest thing in the world to follow them around and watch them interact. This little one, with 4 older siblings, was just a joy to work with. We were trying to get a shot of her just standing next to mom, but she had a different plan. When she decided to peek through momma's legs, I was fortunate and prepared at just the right moment.
Editing
I use Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz Labs plugins. My workflow starts every image in Lightroom, where I take care of the standard tasks: profile, exposure, color temperature, color adjustments, lens correction, initial sharpening and noise reduction. I rely heavily on LR to get most of the work done. After that, I'll take the image to PS for touch up: cloning/healing, removal of elements, etc. For this image, I also used TL BW Effects 2 to handle the conversion to monochrome; it does an excellent job with the tones. Further adjustments for contrast and clarity, then back to Lightroom for any final adjustments before exporting. This image was processed initially
In my camera bag
These days I carry a Nikon D850, a short zoom (either the Tamron or a Nikon 24-140 f/4), some sort of 85mm, and usually my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII. That covers most common situations. If I expect light to be a challenge, I'll include a Yongnuo 968 speedlight and Rogue Flashbender.
Feedback
The best part of working with kids is getting them to be themselves. Take them time to interact directly with them, on their level. Set your expectations to be age-appropriate, and let the little ones just do their thing. You can get some amazing image of toddlers and tots if you're patient (but fast on your feet!) and give them time and opportunity to do their thing.

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