I was awake last night until 4am, unable to sleep despite the cool temperature of the apartment. I usually have quite a high body temperature, which is why I don’t do so well in the summer months. But even in the winter I’m still usually quite warm, my feet especially. That was the problem last night, my feet were burning up. They do that sometimes, I don’t know why but it’s quite uncomfortable, my husband will laugh at me sitting on the couch with my feet resting in a bowl of ice water. I managed to sleep, restlessly, from 4am to around 9am until I started getting too warm again and now I’m awake and out of bed.
I feel as though I haven’t slept well in a long time, it’s not usually the amount of sleep I’m getting because I can generally manage to get between 6 and 8 ours per night. I might have to sweet talk Mikey into taking a nap later today so that I can nap with him.
I spent the entire weekend taking portrait photographs, so it wasn’t as restful as I’d anticipated. I put a call out on my personal facebook asking if anyone would be willing to model for me so that I could practice and had 3 lovely replies.
If I’m honest, I thought it would be a lot easier than it was. I really don’t have any experience in taking portraits of people who are not active 3 year olds and was looking forward to taking photos of people who can stand still for more than 5 seconds. It wasn’t as easy as I expected, I don’t really have much idea how to pose people and apparently have slight issues with ordering people around. Then there’s lighting, when I’m taking photos of Mikey, for the most part the lighting is waiting for him to move into the right place. With these portraits I really had to think about how the light was falling, moving the models and myself accordingly and using a reflector. It was kind of the same as when I take photographs of food, except food doesn’t mind sitting in the same place for 20 minutes so that I can get the lighting right.
I was mostly pleased with how the portraits came out, but my own perfectionist nature also caused me to have a slight crisis of confidence when I realised just quite how much I still have left to learn. I’m just going to have to borrow people to photograph until I get better at it. And with that in mind, please feel free to leave constructive criticism in the comments.
You might also notice that I have a new blog design. Yesterday I was tinkering around with my template, to the point where I just completely broke it. So I said to myself that it’s time for a change. I think I still have to work out a different header though. I hope you all had a great weekend.