22 thoughts on “The Scalzi Family Mutual Portraiture Club

  1. You need a cape. You could be even more awesome with a cape. A monacle is a “maybe” but a cape says “I’ve arrived”

  2. I think the 90% Transparent Floating Scalzi Head (of Doom) needs an upgrade to the second photo.

    (Yes, that’s what you see in the background of Scalzi comments. Because it is watching you. And it does not approve.)

  3. MasterThief:

    omg. I never noticed that! I thought it was a pale tie-die effect!

    John: Those pics are adorable! *both!*

    -Barb of Austin

  4. Shot of her: very interesting crop. Eternal jealousy for making flyaway hair not look bad, it always looks awful on me but it even adds a little to this shot.

    Shot of him: that facial expression makes the shot and there’s no way I can see to give it a by-the-book composition without making you pose boring-style and otherwise draining the art out of the shot. Kudos for filling the frame, though I might have shot it in portrait orientation, and for getting a good angle relative to the subject despite being shorter than you.

  5. Nothing wrong with her framing. Rule of thirds is a guide. The dark and light masses add some tension and motion to the face.

    Both good.

  6. Mr. Scalzi is either going for his best Harvey Dent/Two-Face impression, or plotting some diabolical scheme to silence those whining whiners who make six figures or more a year, yet complain that they are poor.

  7. Why don’t people smile in photographs anymore? Is it not cool, or is the ubiquity of cameras making the whole photo process too mundane? Or are our standards for beauty so distorted that normal teeth are unacceptable?

  8. People smile in photographs all the time. In these particular ones, the subjects aren’t smiling because a) one of them is a candid and the subject was not aware a picture would be taken that moment, b) the subject was posing and a smile would have detracted from the generally silly pose. I’ll let you figure which picture is which.

  9. How simple and easy Athena’s expression is. How hard we work, as adults, to project something specific with our faces. Open face vs. masked face. The artifice of the edifice, maybe? Nice arch on the eyebrow, tho’, John.

  10. Where’s the photo of you and Athena taken by the glorious Ghlaghghee??

    I think that would be mighty impressive. Especially if she taped bacon to you first.

  11. Your daughter has a good eye. The picture she took is better composed than a lot of pics taken by adults.

    I think it’s cool to see how you encourage her creativity. When I have kids, I’ll try to follow your example.

  12. So, I guess Rogaine isn’t coming to you for endorsements, huh?

    Drat. I really need recommendations from people I “know” on the Internet rather than highly-produced commercials to make my purchasing decision.

  13. And where are the photos of Zeus, Ghlaghghee, lop-sided cat and Krissy?

    I feel like I’ve only gotten 1/3 of my Scalzi intake for the day.

  14. Athena’s going to be a heartbreaker in a few years.

    About time to pick out a means for putting the Fear of Scalzi into the future boyfriends. :P

  15. Jeez, John, you look exactly the same as ever. Your offspring, however, is an entirely different person; they’re the view passing by, and we’re the seat by the window.

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