A portrait of my son, Reilly (4). This was shot in daylight on my veranda, the background is a gorgeous oil painting completed by my incredibly talented grandmother, Jill Tracey, in 1963. I grew up with that painting, as a child I could not sleep in the same room with it, I was convinced that tigers were about to emerge from the pathway that leads into the painting. : ) As an adult it is a treasured possession, priceless.

This is my 7/52 for my 52 week photo challenge. Better viewed large.

Camera Model Canon EOS 600D
Shooting Date 2013/03/01
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ) 3.2
ISO Speed 200
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II


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In between cooking, shopping, doing laundry, washing dishes, changing nappies and schooling my children I sometimes find a spare moment to doodle, draw or photograph something or someone. Those are the moments that keep me going, even if they are few and far between. Food for the artist mom’s soul.

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  • billyboy
    billyboyover 1 year ago

    WOW does he look like you !!
    Good call using the painting as a background… it`s like he`s a love child of the Emerald Forest.
    But what amazes me most about your work is that your perfection of skin tones and dynamic range always make your portraits big as life itself. It`s so important that portraits engage with the viewer, and you`ve got that inherent quality that makes it happen every time.
    What a charmer he is… looks like he`s gonna have an amazing life. And I expect he`ll break more than a few hearts along the way :-)
    Absolutely fabulous work Micklyn !!

  • Does he look like me?? I haven’t seen that… I just see my father-in-law whenever I look at him… but he is kinda cute, so I think I will take that as a big compliment and choose to believe you… lol! I have long wanted to use that painting and never got around to it until now – yay!! think I should use it again sometime. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I will walk through the day feeling fully encouraged and happy! : )

    – micklyn

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful portrait…..andd beautiful background!

  • Thank you so much, dear Ellen!! : )

    – micklyn

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    As usual Billy said it all.
    I don’t think I know anyone who does portraits – or babies – as beautiful as you.
    Can you say “no” to this little charmer ..ever? – I knowI I would find it very hard lol
    Stunning work my friend – great choice of subdued bkg and yes it could easily be recycled and used in other colors.
    WOW – you are the best and I never want to hear you doubt yourself again – ever ☺xx

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    Your beautiful work has been featured in

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  • Thank you so much for your amazing and encouraging words, Kira, and for the feature – an honour! I so appreciate your support and friendship! : )

    – micklyn

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    those eyes are laughing, that face is trying not to. A beautiful boy, Micklyn. Your photography is superb

  • Thank you for that wonderful comment, tori!

    – micklyn

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 1 year ago

    Definitely has an air of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or something similar… the backdrop and lighting are terrific. A fine portrait, Micklyn!

  • Thank you so much, Mieke!

    – micklyn

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so very much for the feature, Karen!

    – micklyn

  • Saif Zahid
    Saif Zahidover 1 year ago
    ……………. (¯`‘·.¸(♥)¸.·’´¯) Portrait (¯`‘·.¸(♥)¸.·’´¯)……………….


  • Huge thanks for the feature, Saif!

    – micklyn

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    wonderful portrait!
    I am drawn by these eyes :)

  • Thank you so much, Irina!

    – micklyn

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 1 year ago

    Congratulations – 3rd. Mar. 2013 — Shirley, Jean & Rene.

  • Thank you so very much for the feature, Shirley, Jean & Rene!

    – micklyn

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