Friday, October 29, 2010

inspiring stories


I love capturing my children as their natural, innocent selves.  This pictures speaks volumes to me, as a photographer and a mother.  Telling their story instead of a forced posed shot that usually ends up with somebody in tears.  I am always inspired by pictures that tell a story and evoke emotion to its viewer.

Now let me tell you why I think this picture is so awesome and funny:
1. Mr. M loves to ring the door bell, he is asking if he can
2. Ralph is anxiously waiting to see if he will ring the door bell (and yes he will bark even when he is on the outside, dumb dog!)
3. The kids were just in their kiddie pool so their diapers are HUGE
4. Ms L's belly! I.LOVE.IT :)

Also this was taken on a day that I was not in the mood to take a picture and feeling very uninspired (I am committed though since I am doing a 365) I kept my camera with me, and this is literally the last picture I took that day. Now it is one of my very favorites and is hanging in my house as a 30 x 40 canvas!

I love this picture by Misty Garrison because of the wonderful tender moment she was able to capture.  I will share what she wrote in her description because her words are beautiful!

"Why I love photography:
Because even a mere amateur, wanna-be photographer like myself can get lucky and capture a moment like this. A moment so raw and real. Not a forced pose, but instead my people as they really are.

And while there is probably something I could do to make this a better technical photograph, it moves my soul as it is. I feel blessed that this precious moment between my beloved and my little one will forever be mine.

And yes, I could sit and look at it all day except for the fact that I have the real deal running around with her arms lifted up behind her as her very own makeshift Tinkerbell wings and my Steven nestled on the couch with me in a way that makes it difficult to determine where he ends and I begin. My cup runneth over."

Thank you Misty for sharing.  Now, get out and shoot and may you been inspired to seek out a story in whatever you are photographing!

April of april's 365

waiting
waiting by, misty garrison

Today I am giving away an 11x14 print of my photo "dewy grass"
Day 240
This is just one of NINE days of giveaways and special guests. We will be drawing the winners from the comments  during the entire 9 Days Of Inspiration from all three pages and announcing them in a special *muse flash* on October 31. Visit the Everyday Beauty and More Musing pages and comment each day for more chances to win.  Good Luck!

37 comments:

RedWillow said...

Love the first photo and the light of this last one. Thanks for the inviation to the group.
Lisa

RedWillow said...

I think that one is Just priceless with the children and can not stop smiling. Nice .

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a gorgeous print. I'd love to win it!
Rinda

Haley said...

i love the flare in the second photo...and the bokeh in the third...oh, and the kids in the first! such beautiful photos!

justine said...

what a great shot of the children, it is lovely! and Misty's photograph is beautiful, lovely and tender.

Karin van D. said...

Babies in pictures. They are the best subject, aren't they? Love that little belly :-D

Beth Crocker said...

Each shot in this post is spectacular! I can also see your followers are growing fast! Congrats & well deserved.
http://www.thewayiseeitthroughmylens.blogspot.com

urban muser said...

both of these photos are so great, and i love the stories that each of you told about the pictures.

And Miles To Go... said...

I laughed right away when this page loaded and that first picture popped up. I can so much relate to this, and the expressions on their faces is wonderful (and my kids love to ring the doorbell too).

Denise said...

the pic of your babies is so darn cute!! thanks for the generous give away!

cindy said...

both images are wonderful and very different. the first one is a perfect trifecta of fun and the second one so dear. enjoy our weekend!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Great post. April. This photo always makes me smile. Great pairing with Misty's lovely flare. Love ya both. xoxo!

Stephanie said...

April, your photo made me giggle out loud and sigh at the same time. What a story it tells. I am so inspired by it.

Jamie said...

I so love the story behind the first photo - I do believe photography is about more than the technical skill, but is about the story.

maureen said...

Those are the best kind of photos. They are beautiful for the emotion they inspire {and beautiful for the darling babies in them} wonderful post April.
xo
mo

AnnGeeDee said...

The words just move my soul. Lovely lovely work ladies.

Holly { Soupatraveler } said...

fabulous! everything about both shots are perfect! these were a great pairing, wonderful choice!

Oliag said...

Families...and babies...are the best of all inspiration! Love both of these amazing photos:)

Jenny said...

All of the photos in this post are wonderful!

Meghan said...

Love that dewey grass!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Omg, those babies made me smile. What a grin on his face. And the second, nothing makes my heart melt like a man holding a baby. :)

Rosie said...

I love both (actually all three) photos shown in this post!

D&Smum said...

Great shot of the kids and the story makes it priceless! Just another everyday scene that. They will outgrow far too quickly and you will miss when its gone. So glad you captured it!

Brandi Reynolds said...

I want to chew on that belly...so adorable!

Lianne said...

I love both photos and the stories behind them. So wonderful. AND I love the dewy grass photo for the giveaway. wow.

Cara Lopez Lee said...

I love what you show and tell about photos as stories, April. These are delightful and precious.

Chelsea said...

I took a photojournalism class in college and it was all about capturing the story. Shooting with that in mind totally changes my photography. Sometimes I want to shoot more artsy and sometimes more journalistically. Love all these photos. Just wonderful!!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous!

Rachel said...

i loved hearing the legit details of what was happening in the first picture. Very close to what I was thinking. And beautiful words for both of the photographers in this post!!!

Suzanne/manchesterlass said...

Just love the story behind the photo. All three "children" are connected yet doing their own thing. And the belly - kissable!

aclamp said...

i love your babies! they are always so natural!

Kyria said...

I love candid photos of people! The expressions on their faces are classic!

Elflyn said...

I love that photo April, you have caught such a joyful moment.

Marie Rush said...

Super great--the reminders and the photos---brilliant!

Karen said...

Where have I been? I just found this website. I am amazed. The Slice of Life Class sounds amazing.
I love the photo of the kids at the front door.

Kirstin Mckee said...

Candid portraits are my favourite too...these are both such beautiful pics, April.

Jessica Stier said...

As a mother, I think we have so many opportunities to take photos that speak to our soul. Often I find photos that just sing to me. I love photography for giving me the ability to capture that.
I loved this post. I can really relate. Thanks!

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