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.