Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Photos

If you spend 45 minutes outside trying to get that perfect Easter picture, it might not happen.  But if you can let go of perfection, you can enjoy yourself and you might even learn a lot.

You might learn that kids won't open their eyes if it is too bright out...
but they'll look adorable anyway.
 
If you didn't already know this, you will learn that children love jumping...
But they can look pretty silly doing it:

If you delete all the imperfections, you might not remember later...
That 95% of the pictures you take of Sunflower show the side or back of her head as she moves away from you.

If you only keep one shot of three kids jumping, you may not remember how hard it was to capture all three children in the air at once...
And that is just barely.

If you wait too long to look at your photos, you may not realize until too late that your child ate a bit of a flower...
Yes, your 7 year old.  Either not poisonous or not actually ingested.

If you throw away all the photos that have a bad focus...
You might not see how long your son's hair is getting- but look at those sharp trees!

If you intend to not cut off the feet as is apparently better composition...
You should probably pay closer attention to the length of your sons' pants and buy them new shoes.

If you delete all of the pictures where they are goofing off...
You may not remember how long SnapDragon pretended to sleep and all the ways Huckleberry tried to wake him up.

If you want to show the photo where you finally got the exposure right when you've been shooting manual for only 5 weeks...
You better not be embarrassed to see your son* in a pink hat.  (He is covering Sunflower's head because she complained that she was cold without her hat.  He's a problem solver, my son!)

If you go outside to get that perfect shot...
You probably won't get it (if you are me).  But you'll get a lot of memories worth keeping and maybe, just maybe, something that captures your kids' personalities.
the long road=
 * since Dad wore the hat after church Sunday so we wouldn't lose it, it is safe to say that a 7 year old boy wearing it won't cause us too much shame.

Also linking with Watchful Wednesday at Flower Photography.  The theme is emotion.  These photos evoke a lot of different emotions in me, but the primary one is joy (after getting past the frustration that not one of 657 pictures turned out perfect).
Flower Photography
 
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11 comments:

Raymonde said...

I absolutely love all of them and your running commentary. :) Thanks for the reminder that I do not have to be perfect. Have a beautiful blessed day. xxx

Regina said...

How wonderful and amazing!

Nessa said...

I love. love. love this! Perfect is overrated. Your kids are so adorable!

Flower Photography said...

These are so sweet! Feel free to link up http://flowerphotography1.blogspot.com/2011/04/111365-watchful-wednesday-that-yappy.html

Heidi said...

Oh my gosh, LOVE the kids being kids! Great shots.

Adrian Roberta said...

Love the commentary!!! LOL!

DawnS said...

You definitely had me laughing - so much like my own photo shoots and yet you captured some fabulous shots!!

Erika B said...

Oh, I love your post! We have all been there!!!

Erika B

muminsearch.com said...

Your shots are just perfect! And you post definitely has me all emotional now. I don't think I will delete another photo ever again ;)

Amber said...

Cedar,

I just loved this post. It is so true. My son is now 13 months old and we have entered the season where I can't seem to get a photo of him looking at me. I attempted to take family photos of us last weekend and they were just not good, but a couple of them gave me a good laugh. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us and all of the truths that go along with making memories. I may have to do a post like this with the most recent photos.

Julie said...

This makes me laugh, only because I remember blogging about only being able to photograph the back of Zion's head when she was about the same age as Sunflower. :) They're good photographs in their own way. Perfection is overrated.