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vsidles January 29, 2014
Wow! Thank you VERY much to the staff of ViewBug for choosing my photograph as a favorite! Vicki
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verity January 29, 2014
AHH BEAUTIFUL CHILD
 
aaronnevin January 29, 2014
great job with the eyes
 
nystylist79 January 30, 2014
Wow..... Magnificant capture!!!! she is beautiful
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rmr731 January 30, 2014
Beautiful capture! Congrats on your award!
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LaurieS January 30, 2014
Wow, love the eyes
 
Jeslyn January 31, 2014
you take beautiful pictures :)
 
JDLifeshots February 01, 2014
Beautiful! Congrats.
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AnneDphotography February 01, 2014
beautiful :))
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JestePhotography February 02, 2014
Stunning!!
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texaaronpueschel February 04, 2014
Well deserved award.
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vsidles February 04, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you EVERYONE! For such nice comments! They are VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
 
CanadianOutlaw February 06, 2014
Beautiful , congrats !
 
santafake February 10, 2014
Amazing eyes. Beautiful shot
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Pablo-Klik February 13, 2014
cosi carino...semplicemente bella creazione.molto naturale
 
davidbidmead February 13, 2014
Magical photo ! Amazing clarity and detail, stunning eyes.
 
MaryAnn February 17, 2014
You did a tremendous job of capturing the beauty of this child!
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rmr731 February 21, 2014
Love this! Voted!
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beturner February 21, 2014
Great photo! Keep up the good work!
 
Heyjude March 07, 2014
Beautiful capture! Congrats! Wonderful photos of your grandchildren. Beautiful subjects!
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Nancimanci April 02, 2014
Beautiful!!!!
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Beautiful-Breeze April 03, 2014
So precious.
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heathermcfw April 06, 2014
beautiful shot, well deserved award
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CatNap April 13, 2014
So gorgeous,amazing work ,congrats!
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JoeS April 19, 2014
incredible shot!
 
melissarichardson May 02, 2014
I was going through the awarded section of photos and as soon as I saw this beauty I recognized her. :D Congrats on the staff favorite. She is beautiful.
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disneymamom May 05, 2014
excellent photo of beauty mixed with innocense..
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onyanita May 12, 2014
absolutely gorgeous shot!
 
ArtQ June 10, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
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UnkleFrank June 10, 2014
So nice to see your photo of your adorable granddaughter as a finalist in the contest. Congrats and very well deserved. :)
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Forfarlass June 10, 2014
Just beautiful . xx
 
Rl1956 June 10, 2014
very cute, congrats
 
brandihelton June 10, 2014
wow!!! i'm speechless..this is an absolute beautiful photograph. I'm also in love with her big beautiful blue eyes. you did an amazing job!!
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kathymuhle June 10, 2014
Congratulations Vicki! Well done :) Kathy
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vsidles June 10, 2014
Thank you everyone for the very nice comments. I'm in awe of the finalist award and the extremely nice comments and congratulations. I am very humbled.
 
robhansen June 11, 2014
great Job Congrats !!!
 
toddmatthewarbini June 11, 2014
Congrats!
 
diporzio June 13, 2014
The future, sky and sea of these beautiful baby eyes
 
diporzio June 13, 2014
congrats
 
signathus June 21, 2014
Simply amazing!
 
MJ_JBP July 02, 2014
Beautiful!
 
Plume July 05, 2014
Priceless :-)
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mixednuts July 08, 2014
amazing :)
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estercastillo08 July 18, 2014
Very Pretty, Congrats !
 
txlilsis3 July 18, 2014
Beautiful....
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arielnadler July 26, 2014
WOW
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koolv August 06, 2014
Beautiful
 
candacerachaelsimmons August 11, 2014
Wonderful
 
NIKONINJECTION August 12, 2014
gorgeous photo thanks for sharing
 
StueyBrown August 17, 2014
Stunning image. Her eyes, her eyes.
 
ariaki August 22, 2014
Amazing capture...
 
View1925 August 31, 2014
Mesmerizing!!!!!!! deb:)
 
lisagallant September 01, 2014
Real cute!
 
vbpbeetschen1305821 September 01, 2014
Beautiful
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Cbries September 18, 2014
Fantastic shot!
 
juliazajac September 21, 2014
so cute! her eyes look amazing!
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estercastillo08 September 27, 2014
Voted Fstoppers Volume 4
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vsidles September 27, 2014
Thank you Ester, and everyone else who likes, comments or PR'smy favorite grandbaby photo! Vicki
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RoadKing1985 September 28, 2014
Uh, is this a real baby!? Such a beautiful human on Earth! OMGOSH! WOW! Then they grow up!LOL:) What a perfect picture!. Thanks for sharing:)
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vsidles March 14, 2015
My granddaughter....she is perfect, but I'm biased! LOL
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RoadKing1985 September 28, 2014
And by the way, we photographers will have critics no matter what we do... JUST KEEP SNAPPING AWAY!:) ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS ROCK!:)
 
Flosno October 01, 2014
Nice entry...voted
 
peterolah October 06, 2014
Well done :)
 
hemzabenyoucef October 11, 2014
wawooo
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ElizabethSPool October 12, 2014
Lovely shot! Congratulations on being a favorite!
 
sebastianmuglia February 19, 2015
Hallo again Vicki :-)
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tonychirino March 12, 2015
Beautiful shot, congratulations
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vsidles March 12, 2015
Thank you very much Tony! Very unexpected award!
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AlanJakarta March 12, 2015
Smashing image. Congratulations on being the Amateur Winner.
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nlhammondphotography March 13, 2015
Beautiful color and excellent composition! Suggestions from my own experience....her skin looks way over smoothed and her eyes are way too clarified and sharp, especially compared to the rest of the portrait. Keep working on it and you could win more than the amateur contest! :D
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Vince542 March 13, 2015
Congratulations on your awards!!!! Magical!!!!
 
stephanieschneider March 15, 2015
you could get lost in those eyes. she's gorgeous!
 
naomiwomack March 26, 2015
So beautiful and adorable. Excellent photograph aww
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kathleenweetman April 11, 2015
BLAST FROM THE PAST....VOTED.....love it,,,k
 
rachellandsborough April 27, 2015
Gorgeous image😇
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estercastillo08 May 17, 2015
Congratulations Vikki on your win.
 
dorothypierini-rodgers June 15, 2015
Beautiful
 
hannawagendorp July 15, 2016
Well done :)
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estercastillo08 September 27, 2016
good luck for this beautiful baby !
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estercastillo08 February 15, 2017
Voted Above or Below

Infinity



My favorite baby photo of my granddaughter, enhanced; filter overlay; bokah for the children's portrait contest. I call it Infinity because that is how long I ...
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My favorite baby photo of my granddaughter, enhanced; filter overlay; bokah for the children's portrait contest. I call it Infinity because that is how long I will love her.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This set of photographs was actually my first real "photoshoot". This set is what I consider to be what inspired me to really get into digital photography in the first place. This photo was taken in my granddaughter's room which was big and airy and open, where she felt most comfortable and where I knew I would obtain the best responses from her.
Time
The time of day was very important since my granddaughter was a baby and this had to be scheduled around her nap times (optimal mood!) and also had to be geared for best lighting because she hated the flash already at her young age. My daughter and I planned this shoot for around 2PM on a Saturday since I still work a full time job, which unfortunately is NOT in photography. Maybe someday when I can afford to take classes to learn how to work a real DSLR camera and have the time to take off for the classes, I may be able to quit what I do for a living and become great at something I love to do. At this time though, it is my love and my hobby.
Lighting
Because my granddaughter's room was well lit and she was comfortable there, and because she already hated the flash of a camera at such a young age, I knew that the lighting of her bedroom was going to have to be spot on in order to get any decent photographs out of her. Even at 5 or 6 months she knew enough to turn away from a flash on a camera so I wanted it well lit enough to not have to use anything like that. We used the natural light from her window and the overhead light from her room only to make her more comfortable.
Equipment
I wish I could say I used fancy camera and lighting and props however, it was a very old KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA set at Aperture: f/2.8; Exposure: 1/180 which were the "auto" settings because I knew no better. If you want to call a white sheet "equipment", I did throw that over the crib as a "backdrop". When you do not have what you need, you make do with what you have. I have many times, used tablecloths or sheets as backdrops.
Inspiration
What inspired me? Well, I am a Gramma to this beautiful creature....all you have to do is look upon that gorgeous face to see what inspired me. My granddaughter has been inspiring me for the past five years. She is the reason that I am on this site. She is the reason I pick up a camera. She is the reason I am involved at all. She is quite simply, my inspiration. I have probably a terabyte of photographs of just her.
Editing
There has been a tremendous amount of work put into this photograph. Because of the old camera used and the fact that I did not know any settings when I started out (still learning my new DSLR settings!), this photograph had a lot of noise. As a result, I made many changes to this shot. I softened the skin, faded the background, made the eyes stand out better, placed the bokah in the background, etc. Over time I was very happy with this photo and it became my favorite in this set of shots. Many people ask me about the eyes and how I get them to stand out. I always whiten the whites and burn around the edges. It will make the eyes pop. And no, I did not put lipstick on this baby. Her lips are this rosy.
In my camera bag
My bag now has a Nikon D3200 with two lens (normal and zoom), an extra battery; a Sony point and shoot just in case I do not have time to whip out the DSLR; for the Nikon I also carry several filters, an add on flash with diffuser, and extra SD card.
Feedback
Babies can be very finicky. You have to get them when they are well rested, well fed and in a great mood, especially if you want them in different clothing and in different poses. I love to shoot babies and toddlers...it is a love of mine. I do not get the opportunity much anymore because my granddaughter and nephew/niece are four and five yrs old however I have photographed them enough to know that if they are not in the mood for photos, you will not get what you want. It also helps to have the parents behind you making faces, or playing with their favorite toy to take their mind off of the camera and to get them to smile, look your way, etc. So tag teaming babies/toddlers is the best idea I can think of to get the shot you are looking for. If you cannot get someone to help, especially a parent or family member that the baby knows, and you are on your own, then do not be afraid to act as silly as it takes to get that smile! I'm glad no one took my photo while I was trying to get that "perfect shot"!

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