I'm sure you've seen this photo before. It's one of my all time favorites from quite a few years ago. As I have thought about my photographic style this past year (likes, dislikes, what drives me, the perfect image) I've come to realize that the spontaneous moments in life captured on film are my favorite.
I was attempting to document "E" (4 years) holding "I" (4 months) and "K" (2 years) holding "B" (2 months). Nothing more or less. When something happened. I can't remember what most likely a serious case of the giggles knowing "K". I just keep shooting. Their reactions exactly express their personalities at this point in time.
The documentary photo became more, expressing a story and emotion. Something beyond the moment. Timeless.
It has been a wonderful experience to go through my photographs and the images of my favorite photographs and see what I am drawn to. What appeals to me and think about how I can incorporate more of that into my "work" this year. (That makes it sound so formal as if I have some sort of cliental or something. I do this for fun, nothing more. I do this to learn and grow. Always more.)
This was one of the comments from a few days ago....
"mom we want a post about us big girls a big one like three paragraphs. There is no justice in the world of blogs! the little kids always get them because they're cute well we're cute too! just take this into account on your next post! sincerely s"
Here it is... three paragraphs for the "s" child.
I love you sweetie. This one is just for you!
(I love that the girls get online in the mornings... even though they should be cleaning their rooms.... to see what I've written and that the often leave comments. I adore that even though we have wonderful conversations every day, we still look forward to the email conversations that go on behind the scenes.)
"It's been many years since I have modeled. I look back at this contact sheet with mixed emotions. I can honestly say, I look beautiful in these photos, but at the time I could not. I only saw the imperfections and blemishes. I did not see beauty.
As a family we have had countless discussions about what is true beauty. Is it the latest fad or style? Can it be timeless? There is much in our culture that sends the wrong messages. It creates confusion, disappointment, and sadness. I know that even as a grown woman I still wonder if I am truly beautiful because I do not meet the criteria of the worlds beauty.
"...Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as a man seeth; for a man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." -1 Samuel 16:7
We are all different and unique. We were not created to all look alike. We were created in beauty just as our Father intended."
1. working on a little bit of "art" for CHA (I'll post those in a few days)
2. Children out of school for a few days. Lunch with Grandpa (everyone's favorite).
3. We were also able to attend the Draper Temple Open House during our break. It is open to the public, although you need to make a reservation (check the link). It's a beautiful building.
It was a lovely reminder for our older children of our sealings, and the importance being an eternal family is.
We've known for a little while, but couldn't say anything because they wanted their official call to come. It came today...
Mom and Dad are headed back out into the mission field, perhaps they even feel like they are heading home. They report back to the Nauvoo Temple on March 5. We are so excited for them. Planning our spring break to go and visit.
Thankful they are willing to spend their lives in service.
(I took this photo so close at nightfall that I had to use an extremely high ISO a bit grainy, but the colors were so beautiful I couldn't resist. I can't wait to get more images this year.)
I like order... or some semblance of order in my life.
Every day I group the magnets into colors. A bit compulsive perhaps, but while I'm drinking my orange juice and taking my vitamins it happens.
Someone helped me today and did it for me. Loved the eyes that were created in the process. It will be sad when no one needs the alphabet magnets anymore. I will miss the messages and words spelled out on the fridge.
I can't remember who sent these to me, but they made me giggle.
I was cleaning out old files from the computer. I have random WORD documents saved with little things I wanted to remember. Here is a conversation from 2003... I'm so glad I wrote it down because it still makes me giggle. She was 3 and we were up late one night while she was sick.
Mommy: “K" how did you get to be so smart?”
"K": “Hmmmmmm….. I got my smarts from Em.”
Mommy: “Really, didn’t you get any of your smarts from Daddy?”
"K": “Well, I think so. I get some smarts from him on Sunday.”