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Well this weekly portrait project is proving to be more challenging then expected. It was different when it was just about capturing them. That was effortless. Getting in front of the camera is tough and very rarely natural since I am setting up a tripod or a stack of books running back and forth from the camera into the frame with my children. I was ready to throw in the towel and accept defeat, I was a week off and not feeling very inspired to get in the frame and then this day happened. I took my kids into the woods to see the blue flowers. Let me rephrase that I took my kids into the woods to take photos of them among the blue flowers. They weren't in the mood to  have their photo taken. The girls warmed up and I got a few shots I will of course cherish of them but my sweet boy simply didn't want his photo taken. I was telling him stories from when I was little, falling off rocks, pretending to eat flowers and even singing in the middle of the woods to try to get a smile but he held strong to his mood and I decided to just accept that. I captured images that are honest and that was enough for me. They wanted to leave and as we were walking out he asked if we could have a photo together. I looked down at this little boy who just wanted me, a moment with me in front of the camera, I scooped him up and said of course. But... I didn't bring my tripod and the rocks were too low to get creative. I debated weaving together some thin branches and hanging my prized camera from the tree but then I looked at my beautiful 8 year old and asked if she would take a photo. She was thrilled with the responsibility.  She captured this....

I hugged my sweet boy and thanked him for a moment that meant more to me then he probably realized. I gave my budding artist a kiss for a job well done and headed towards the path but then he then asked if he could take a photo of me and the girls. I set him up sitting in the blue flowers, he held up my camera so proud and so careful and captured these two images....

it isn't easy to get in the frame and it isn't always convenient to set it up and some of the moments are forced but the emotion is pure and the affection is real. These particular images are more than just a quick snapshot and deeper than the moment you see and I am very thankful to have it documented. Get in the shot with your kids... for you and for them. I may not have an image every week and there are a lot of moments with my kids that are just memories but the few that are documented are treasures.

 

also...I didn't realize I was raising photographers....