Favorite! The "pose" is so very 18 months, the look so very Molly:
A technical debriefing:
Nikon dSLRs have two focus modes to choose from: 1) AF-Single, where the camera focuses on a subject then locks, or 2) AF-Continuous, where the camera attempts to track focus as the subject moves in and out. I've experimented with both this summer and found sharper overall results with AF-S, so I've remained in this mode for quite some time. The pitfall: if your subject moves after focus is locked, you're out of luck. After downloading this batch of photos, I have confirmed that no toddler under the age of 2 (3?) should be shot in AF-S! Gone are the days of my baby staying still for more than 2 seconds...I trashed quite a few blurs of motion.
Also, the combined role of Mama/Photographer proved to be quite challenging once again: anytime I got down on her level or tried to sneak up close, she held out her arms to be hugged or picked up. I know, I shouldn't complain...that's a pretty blessed challenge to encounter. ♥
And a few other outtakes...
The photo Molly brought to her hairdresser:
My accidental self-portrait :)
A special thanks to Andy for his patience trying to keep Molly in the shot and Charlotte out.