Moments are what count

I spend an insane amount of time thinking of ways to convince my students a picture is always worth taking if the moment is awesome.  I wrote a post last December talking about how it simply wasn’t feasible to wait for the “pretty light” if you care about moments.  Moments do not confine themselves to natural light or even when you have the “good camera” in your hands.

This actually isn’t one of those cases but I am going to use this image to make another statement.  When Chloe sleeps she is dead to the world.  I actually climbed up on the bed and held up a D700 over my head to take the shot.  I yearned for the flipscreen on my D750, but that would require a trip down to the basement and I got the shot anyway.  Taken at ISO 5000, f 1.4, 1/125 sec while guessing at where to put the focus point, I got an image of what I wanted.  Enough focus on both her and the stack of Kindergarten books on the dresser.  She starts Kindergarten tomorrow and that is what I will remember about this picture.  I have plenty of images where she sleeps, but this is the night she babbled until almost 10pm the night before Kindergarten.

You don’t need the newest technology.  This pair of a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 24mm 1.4 is actually the oldest equipment in my house, but it still gets the job done.  It’s all about knowing what the technology you own can do and battling the limitations they have.  Okay now I am heading back up there with my D750 + Sigma 24 Art for a comparison shot 😉

night before kindergarten D700 shot




colie james documentary family photographer denver

Colie is a storytelling documentary family photographer living the good life in Boulder, Colorado with her husband of fourteen years, James, and their daughter Chloe. She loves to tell the true stories of her clients, just as they are. While her love of photography started long before the birth of her daughter, it has taken on a life of its own as she strives to capture all of her own moments and now her clients. Colie is also the instructor of the photography workshops: The Art of Telling Stories and The Business of Telling Stories. Besides photography, she loves espresso, Thai food, any movie with Denzel Washington, and traveling.