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Real Life Photography

I just read a photography tutorial that I found on Pinterest over at tater tots and jello on taking real-life pictures.  It is a good reminder not to save the camera for the staged events in life (i.e. birthday parties, sports, vacations) but to document the day-to-day things as well.  In her tips on photographing real life events, she also encourages us to “be real”; don’t clean up the house and make life look different than it really is, show your life for what it is.  That inspired me to pull out these pictures I took a couple weeks ago.  My kids in their pj’s at 10 am on a Wednesday morning, not doing homework, not reading great literature, not sitting around the table with me doing a great craft, but doing what they love to do most–playing video games.  Yes, this is real life in our house.

In the pictures above, boy #2 “helps” boy #5 play Mario Cart–it’s the ultimate sacrifice, as you can tell.  Apparently, boy #5 can’t win if he plays this game on his own, so his older brothers “need” to play for him.  It’s the very definition of brotherly love.  Below, boys #3 and 4 watch their brothers play video games intently, because the only thing better than playing video games yourself is watching someone play them…if you’re a boy.


Color and Texture

This is a random post.  I just have an obsession lately with color and texture.  So much so that I started a Pinterest board based on that theme, certain colors and certain textures just pull me in. So, as I whisked hurriedly through Ross Department Store recently, I stopped dead in my tracks when these spatulas caught my eye. Something about these colors, combined with the bamboo texture–it was candy to my eye.  There was something nostalgic about them too, sort of old-fashioned.  Like, it makes me want to put on an apron and bake, and that doesn’t happen very often.  Good thing they were a steal–it’s not like I needed four spatulas. (more…)


Life with Boys Part II

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Mar 24, 2011 | Everything Else | Tags: , , ,

Don’t: expect boys to pose for a camera