Sunday, September 27, 2015

Family and Baby Portrait Session Moved Inside Due to Rain

It's been another year and it was time to update the Caponi family photos. The kids are growing up fast so it is important to catch them before they become teenagers. Outside was rainy and gross so we moved the photoshoot inside for different styles of portraits.

Little Michael is a beautiful bouncing baby boy. Look at those huge eye and reddish-blonde hair!

Michael's grandparents are from the Gulf Shores so the shirt is a nod to them. He is already standing, and at the current rate of growth, he will probably be running his first half-marathon next year.

Jason is a wonderful Dad, but you can see that he literally has his hands full.

Just the boys of the family pose for portrait.

Alessandra is such a beautiful little lady. Here are two similar photos. I just changed the background and modified the poses to provide more choices for the parents. 

Look at that smile with all her front teeth which is not always the case with kids her age.

Alessandra had been taking tap lessons so we wanted a photo of her outfit before she outgrows it.

Here she is showing off a very special gift that her Nonna gave her. Nona was her grandmother who absolutely adored her. I have rarely seen such a close connection between 2 people of different generations. You can read more about Nonna here.

I think she is a natural in front of the camera.

Here she is wearing her Sunday dress. I'm just crazy about this little girl.

And here she is monkeying around for the camera.

Baby Michael has so many expressions and most of them hilarious. His smile lights up the room and would melt even the most Scrooge-like grump.

Another portrait of the men of the house. I like to make comparison photos when kids are so small. Here you can see that Michael's feet are not even as big as one of Dad's fingers.

A revealing "behind-the-scenes" look shows that the photo shoot was a group effort. Even big sis was helping Michael find his smile. Mom was over my shoulder making all kinds of funny sounds to get the kids' attention. Considering that shooting indoors was PLAN B, everything worked out fine.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Quick Journey to Asheville, North Carolina

This summer I took a quick 3 day weekend to meet up with my wife and her twin sister's family. I left the heavy cameras at home and took a "point and shoot".  Here are some of the images from that fun time.

I took the Subaru on the road trip and it performed flawlessly in the scary storm that was so bad the radio recommended taking shelter. I think a Subi counts as shelter, right?

The twins sisters. It was strange to see another copy o my wife.

We hit the arts district which is loaded with many great sights to see.

We had some fun taking multiple exposures...

I must be strange... I like this defocused image I accidentally made.

Can I say "Pretty as a picture?" here?

My niece in her athletic glasses. Her regular ones got broken.

My nephew who has grown into a nice young man.

Jenny and I returned to our favorite stairwell for some selfies.

A great family friend kept things lively.

Despite the camera being a cheapy, it captured some vibrant scenery.

We spent much of the time in the ultra-modern rental house on the side of the mountain. It looked like a futuristic movie set... and it had 2 bears who visited. See Asheville bear video here.

There was time to just relax too.

The clouds were spectacular one night.

And a final sunset group photo and we left the next morning.

This would be a great family tradition...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Starting the Blog Up Again

The Masqueman Blog has been eerily silent since April of 2015 when I stopped writing to do other things. I have been too preoccupied with multiple professional and personal projects including launching my new watch blog and writing articles for I am going to make a concerted effort to catch up so stay tuned, and thanks for reading.