This week’s theme for fifty-two on Friday is friendship! I can’t believe it’s the 13th week already!
19 other photographers from The Bloom Forum and I have joined together to challenge each other on a theme every week. Each one of us will link to one other photographer’s unique vision. Some of my favorite themes … b&w, simple, shoes, love, fashion, alone, game and eyes from last week.
Friendship … like family … should be nourished and treasured.
For our theme this week I decided to call my friend Kate and have her kiddos come over to play with Brooks to capture their friendship at the field. Brooks and Colie have been friends since birth and are two of the silliest boys I know. They LOVE each other and even more they LOVE to make each other laugh.
When we returned to school from our February break, I got to watch their ‘reunion’ on the kindergarten playground. It was like the scene from the movie 10 when Dudley Moore and Bo Derek run to one another on the beach. Only this scene with Brooks and Colie involved silly boy sounds and even bigger smiles, but it still had the out stretched arms and a giant hug with a lift off and spin. It brought tears to my eyes to see such a friendship.
When we were at the field on Monday, I had my vision for how I thought the shoot should go. Brooks, Colie and Payton had their vision. Let me tell you … we did not share the same vision. In my quest for the ‘perfect’ frame of friendship, I did a bit too much directing. Needless to say, no one listened to my direction. No one! They were too busy building the coolest fort, balancing on the logs trying to not fall into the hot lava, chasing and dueling with stick swords, asking us to cheer for them as they saved the day and just doing what kids should be doing … having a lot of fun.
They didn’t care that I wanted them to stand where the light was just right or even stand still for more than a second. They were 3 silly kiddos having a ball.
When I got home and imported my images, I didn’t want to even look at them. I ‘knew’ I didn’t get what I ‘wanted’. Well, I waited a couple days and sat down to look at what I had. What I found surprised me … inspired me … made me smile … and made me cry happy tears. I captured smiles on my sweet child that I haven’t been able to capture when we do things my way. When you look at my post today, you won’t see perfectly posed children with perfectly lit faces. I hope you’ll see 3 children full of joy at being together … being silly … laughing … having a blast. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the lesson they taught me.
I thank them for the reminder to get back to this style of photography. This is how I started out on this journey … I’d like to return.
You can see more of Kate’s gorgeous kids when we enjoyed a beautiful San Diego day at the beach last February and their family holiday session at the field last fall. It’s easy to see why they are one of my favorite families to photograph.
Brooks is very particular when he has his mind made up on how things should go and 3 year old girls don’t really understand that 6 year old boys work very hard building up a fort ‘just so’. She just loves to be with him. :)
Please be sure to continue on with the lovely Kara Jo-Memphis Tennessee Photographer and enjoy the rest of the circle.