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If you follow me on Facebook you'll know that I haven't had an especially great day. Finley, our almost four year old, hacked a huge lump of hair from the back of his head with the kitchen scissors, and ended up looking like he'd been run over by a lawnmower; Tabby emptied the cat litter tray all over the floor; a pane of glass fell out of one of the balcony doors; and Libby is still in the UK. All in all, it's been rather stressful.

Anyway, after mopping the floor and cleaning up the broken glass I took Finley round to a friend's house for a haircut. I don't have any "after" shots - he ran off as soon as it was done - but here's one that was taken while he was having it trimmed. Unfortunately, he likes his new short hair - which means that he probably won't have learnt much from today - but at least I ended up with something to blog :-)

As I mentioned, Libby's still away, but will be back late Wednesday evening with my new 5D Mark II, so hopefully I should have something half-decent to post by the end of the week. If I can find some time in the meanwhile I'll blog some shots of the kids, but don't hold your breath – I'm find sole-parenting a bit of an all-consuming struggle at the moment :-)

And finally, on a totally unrelated note: it's just over two years since we launched our Photoshop Tutorials and to celebrate we're giving away ten lifetime membership upgrades between now and the 22nd of August. If you're interested, there's some more info here:

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3.03pm on 16/8/09
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comment by Scott Webb at 06:44 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

quality is bang on. this is one of the reasons I joined your membership for tutorials. I love the processing and look that you add to your portraits. I'm doing a shoot for a couple ladies from work today and I really hope I dont bugger up and come away with atleast a few good ones for them. I really like the tight portrait here too. I hope they are cool with me experimenting. Crazy story and hope your day improves!

comment by Nicki at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

Nice to see you playing with the G9 - my favorite daily toy. And of course, your result fits absolute to the need of a great shot and postprocessing. Fine. I can't wait to see your shots of the 5D - great decision :D.

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

Beautiful photograph. I smiled as soon as I saw your picture of Finley. Everything about the pictures says youth and mischief.

I hope your day improves. I can only imagine the increased stress with each small disaster.

comment by Jim (365,000 words) at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

Just a beautiful portrait.

comment by JW Stovall at 09:46 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

Outstanding capture.....exactly why I follow your blog...for inspiration.

comment by pernilla at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2009

The bad day ended up in a really beautiful portrait!

comment by Dan Kaufman at 12:23 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2009

WOW, the clarity of focus in the eyes !!! I can even see your reflection !!!

Now just think of all the tremendous smile-making memories you will have from your "Dad Home Alone" adventure !!!

comment by Akshat Gait at 07:11 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2009

Adorable!! Love the expression on her face.

comment by Chris at 11:18 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2009

I can sympathize David. I have 3 and when my wife is traveling or focused on her class (outside a full time job) it is VERY difficult for me to muster any energy to shoo. You did well on this one!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 01:04 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2009

Those eyes... wonderful portrait! Hang in their Mr. Mom!


comment by lapsus at 12:55 AM (GMT) on 19 August, 2009

Nice shot

comment by Jaol at 11:41 AM (GMT) on 21 August, 2009

Buf, too much time without a portrait! And now you've posted this impressive one...Wow all my admiration to your work!

comment by Framed and Shot at 04:09 PM (GMT) on 21 August, 2009

Excellent portrait! Sharp but still soft, her eyes are sparkling, and her expression is a bit like Mona Lisa ;-) not sure if she is angry or not....
Great work! The left eye is so fascinating, would have liked to see a crop of just that....

comment by Angel Conde at 02:53 PM (GMT) on 22 August, 2009

Lovelly portrait, amazing eyes.

comment by djn1 at 10:34 AM (GMT) on 23 August, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by singapore corporate industrial photographers at 02:50 AM (GMT) on 31 August, 2009

perfect pic...love this