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Nana's Hugs

Grandmotherly Love

Grandmotherly Love
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Runner Up in Human Interactions Photo Contest
Peer Award
Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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All Star
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Magnificent Capture
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Superb Composition
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Outstanding Creativity
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Top ClassTM

Human Interactions Photo ContestTop 10 class
All About Babies Photo ContestTop 10 class
All About Babies Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Mommy Love Photo ContestTop 20 class
Mommy Love Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Distinctive Expressions Photo ContestTop 10 class
Human Touch Photo ContestTop 20 class
Creative Indoor Portraits Photo ContestTop 20 class


5 Comments | Report
kimayers Platinum
kimayers Aug 25
This photo just melts my heart!!! I’m in love❤️❤️❤️
Myrah77 PRO+
Myrah77 Sep 12
This is a wonderful Photo I Love It So Much . IT'S PERFECT ALWAYS MYRA
wencyrosales Sep 13
Amazing shot, so much love.
MRueffer PRO
MRueffer Sep 13
Amazing capture
kbsimages PRO
kbsimages Sep 16
So Sweet!!!! Awesome Pics!!!

Behind The Lens

This was taken in my humble little make shift studio. Using a paper backdrop and a single light, with my camera on a 12 second timer. This is a self portrait, with a very inexpensive set up!
This is an indoor photo, and as I love using natural lighting, anytime of the day that I have daylight flowing into my make-shift studio is great.
I have daylight from a window flowing into the room, but I also have a continue daylight softbox to the side. This is such an easy set up, anyone can do it!
I am using a Pentax K1 Mark 11, with a 50mm lens. The camera is tripped with a timer set. The soft box light is to the left and the daylight from my window is directly in front. This is an easy inexpensive set up. This is a self portrait.
I was wanting to do a portrait of something that reflects the me, the spirit part of myself. My love for babies and little children run so deep inside of my being. I am a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 11. Each one of these children have given me a rich life full of love. My desire was to do my best to reflect the feelings I feel when hugging a baby. In this photo, I actually am holding a piece of art. This is a reborn doll sculpted by Gudrun Legler of Germany, the doll was then painted by an artist from Hungary, Vicky Kormos. I use these dolls in many many photos.
This photo has a very light and simply matt finish. It is not processed much at all. What you see is what I took.
In my camera bag
My bag is very simple. I own one camera, and a few lovely lenses. Pentax camera (K1 mark 11) is a powerful work horse, and I need a rugged machine to withstand the way I take photos. My cameras are treaded with respect, but they are not coddled. They sit on the ground, come out in the rain, and the bitter cold (Canada -40 below), they travel the world with me and are used all the time. I need weather proof, rugged and dependable. Lens.... 35mm, 50mm, 70mm Macro, 50-300, and my beloved 70-200mm. I usually do not use a tripod, love the freedom of free hand.
Can you feel an emotion when you look at your photo that you captured. If yes, then you have succeeded. When I took this self portrait of myself..... I wanted you to see the pleasure, and feel the love. The best advice I can give when trying to capture something similar, is to be inspired. Remember it can be done on a budget. This is just grey paper as a backdrop. On continues soft box light, a humble 50mm lens. I used a 12 second timer. Yup I did this on of me, all by myself! Have fun...always have fun. Real fun and feelings show in photographs!!! A lot of delicious stuff happens when you hold your baby, In fact, some of these effects are seen when ANY person holds a baby. Essentially, holding a baby gives us a Hormone that brings joy and love. Babies can elicit oxytocin release and we know that the oxytocin system interacts with the dopamine reward system, when you get [oxytocin] increase plus opioids and dopamine in some sequence, you get bonded to whoever you associate with that. If I showed you this in my photo, well then, I am one happy Nana!!

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