So, I’m going to sometimes on a Friday share FIVE favorite photos. These can be my photos, photos blog readers share with me, photos I find online — anything. They can be old or new. They can be technically amazing or utterly imperfect. The only requirement is that I LOVE them. My hope is that I share five photos I love, you’ll perhaps think more about the photos you love, why you love them and what you might want to do about that.
Let’s go …
Addie gets up really early. I’ve mentioned this before. Addie wants to do everything mommy does as she prepares for the day. Addie now takes showers with mommy (sorry for what might be a slightly disturbing mental image.) Together we wash our hair and our bodies and then Addie wants patiently in her towel for mommy to get at least partially dressed. We put on powder and lotion and then everyday Addie asks for a bra and earrings. I’m NOT kidding when I tell you I’ve lost any element of privacy I used to have. I’m doing my best to embrace this togetherness. The other morning I snapped a few photos and was overwhelmed by the joy of such constant companionship. Life with a little girl is grand!
Not too long ago I picked up some new art portfolios from my boys. I have been wanting to go through my kids artwork and select a few things to frame and hang on the wall. So, before I got in the shower one morning I said something like, “Why don’t you spread your artwork out on the floor while I’m getting ready and then we can sort through it, pick some for framing put the rest in your new portfolios.” I didn’t anticipate opening my bedroom door to find this — and this is just Trey’s collection. I climbed up the stairs to shoot this looking down. I guess it just made me happy.
One of the projects I am multi-tasking (see Wednesday’s post) right now is a set of 9 10×10 frames that will hang in my dining room. Each frame will display a favorite photo from a place I’ve traveled to. I’ve set up a folder on my desktop and I’m in the process of gathering photos so I can upload and print. I want to have the dining room painted and the pictures on the wall by Thanksgiving. I *think* this will be my favorite photo from London. I love that it features two icons of English culture and a backdrop of historic architecture.
Snapped this photo just over two years ago (October 14, 2007) The kids and I were on our way home from my parent’s house and we made a spontaneous stop in Ritzville to play at a park. This 30 minute stop was one of those moments where I was taught how important it is to stop; to get off the freeway and poke around a little — this can of course be taken literally or figuratively. The experience left enough of an impression on me that I created a layout about it. This particular photo is a favorite because it so perfectly captures Chase in a moment of disinhibition — this shows that he doesn’t naturally “stop” to think or questions his actions. He just does what seems most obvious or helpful at the moment. At the moment, his brother needed to get on the swing that was hung a tad too high.
This one is obviously NOT my photograph. In fact, Energizer (as in the battery and the bunny) hosted a recent photography contest with six categories. Over 28,000 people voted and Jim Richardson a photographer for National Geographic was the final judge. This photo was one of the finalists. Click HERE to see the winner and be inspired by the other finalists. While it was tough to choose, this was my favorite of the finalists. I guess I have a soft spot for animals and particularly polar bears.