Be the Family Photographer

Jessica and Emma. Olympus OMD1 Mark II, 12-100mm, f/5.6, 1/320, 400 ISO.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I drove to Los Angeles for a few days to celebrate our one-year-old granddaughters’ birthday and to sit by the beach. At the birthday party, I brought my camera and Jessica, my stepdaughter was pleased. The person designated to bring something other than an iPhone forgot so I became the photographer. Not only was I pleased to take on the task, I was given the honor to be front and center in every activity! I captured candid photos, details of the cupcakes, and a few family portraits. It was a great opportunity to give them memories from the day.

Emma’s 1st Birthday! Olympus OMD1 Mark II, 12-100mm, f/5.6, 1/320, 400 ISO.

One-year-old Emma doesn’t sit still for long so I had to be quick! Using aperture priority at f/5.6 and my 12-100mm Olympus lens, I was mobile and could zoom in and out as needed. Once the party was over, I took a few minutes to download a few of my favorite photos from my camera to my phone. Then, I airdropped them to Jessica before we left the party! When I returned home from the trip, I took a closer look at all of the photos and sent them about 40 images through Dropbox. That was the best gift giving ever.

Emma and Grandpa. Olympus OMD1 Mark II, 12-100mm, f/5.6, 1/320, 400 ISO.

Family Photo. Olympus OMD1 Mark II, 12-100mm, f/5.6, 1/320, 400 ISO.

Cupcakes! Olympus OMD1 Mark II, 12-100mm, f/5.6, 1/320, 400 ISO.

2 thoughts on “Be the Family Photographer

  1. Farrell Reeves

    Great pictures of family. I’m trying to do this too. Being the photographer for free is nice practice. One question for you… What focal length were these taken? I know the larger aperture is better for a softer background but I think the focal length is also pretty important. Thanks! Farrell

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    1. admin Post author

      I used the Olympus 12-100mm lens (12-200mm full frame equivalent) and most of them are shot at closer to 75mm (150mm equivalent) except the one of Emma in the leaves. That was shot at 25mm. I agree, a wider open aperture is better for creamy bokeh in the background. With Emma, she moved so much, I wanted to make sure the images were sharp so I stopped down to f/5.6. Hope that helps!

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