I’ve always said that I want the girls to get out of the house whenever they can, rather than sit around and watch TV, and so after Olivia had asked to go swimming numerous times over the last few days, and I’d always found one reason or another to say no, I started to feel a little bit guilty, and I realised that this weekend I could change that. I was hoping we could arrange to meet friends at the pool so that Olivia would have someone to play with, but it was looking like most people were busy.
With the in-laws due over for lunch, I knew the wife would be too busy prepping and cooking lunch to join us, and if I took Olivia then I couldn’t leave Chloe out. So it was either take both the girls on my own, or disappoint Olivia again and take neither of them. I couldn’t say no again, I mean it was only swimming… what could go wrong?!
As it was, they were both fantastic, everything went to plan and I had no problems. They loved it, and I was happy that I’d taken them. We got home in plenty of time for lunch, and all sat down to eat once the in-laws arrived. With turkey and roast vegetables in the oven, it was starting to smell like Christmas Day all over again.
Once lunch was done, I just wanted to sit back and put my feet up and relax, but unfortunately I had promised my friend that I’d take a corporate headshot style photo of him, for LinkedIn and the likes. I really didn’t feel like doing this today, but I had promised and hate to let people down. I only had to get a half a dozen shots, so it shouldn’t take too long.
Sadly it was a very cloudy and dull day, and the shots I wanted to take using natural window light had to be scrapped. Thankfully I had a plan B and a plan C. The first, plan B, meant using two of my external camera flashes (otherwise known as speedlites) but with one placed in front of my friend and one placed behind him illuminating the wall. If that didn’t work out then I had Plan C, my studio flashes and backdrop to use, which was a lot slower and more fiddly to set up and take down, but would have guaranteed results. Thankfully this wasn’t the case, and the speedlites did a fantastic job, which was a good job as I had left all the other kit in the car, and it was rather cold outside!