Friday, April 20, 2012

Lessons from the Playground {Part 1}

I have a feeling we will be spending lots of time at the playground this summer. And since I just got a new lovely to play around with, I thought it would be the perfect time to take the camera off Auto and start shooting in Manual.  {yes, I'm scared... but surprisingly happy with most of my images}

So, I have thousands of shots.  {yes, thousands - thank goodness for digital and the delete button}.  Enough to bring you a ten part serious on the playground alone.  You'll indulge me in oohing and aahing over them with me, right?  {I'm kidding about that ten part series... probably just five}.

Today we'll focus on the swings.   Hey... maybe you'll get a new idea for a photo angle {if you're a wanna be momtog, like me}. 

There is something about a swing that is relaxing and freeing for both the pusher and the swinger.  The swings are relatively safe.  I don't have to worry about treacherous ladders, steep slides, or rambunctious 15 year olds that shouldn't be on the kid's playground.

And for the swinger - they are solitary.  They are predictable.  They defy gravity.  And they are way more enjoyable while wearing a Dinosaur Hoodie.


You can be with someone, but in your own world at the same time while on a swing.  My definition of bliss.


Jonah's first time on the swing always starts this way.  I don't even think he has ever seen anyone do this - he just instinctively knew it would be fun.  I envision a face plant each time he chooses this position.  So far, so good.

Clara is the age Jonah was when I had her.  Practically a baby.  I would NEVER have planned to have her when we did.  But, I can't imagine life any different now.  15 months apart is perfect for us.  While one has no hair, and the other could afford a hair cut every week, their spunk feeds off each other.  Their excitement for life - for swings - is fresh and tangible.

Approaching the swings.  Clara is screaming her war cry of excitement and Jonah is intent... focused on the goal.  A perfect picture of their ever budding personalities.

Until part 2...






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17 comments:

  1. She is adorable! Can you email me those pics?

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  2. Ha Ha I love her cardigan that's so awesome!

    Cute Swinging pictures huni x x

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  3. Your new lovely, and my new lovely are almost the same! Are kids are about the same age as well, Mine are 13 months apart, and while not planned - I love that they have each other, and don't know life with out one another. Very Blessed!!

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  4. Love these pics! & Awesome job shooting in Manual! It's tough, but it's so fun to challenge yourself!!! These are BEAUTIFUL!!! It helps that you have two of the most perfect beings on the planet to shoot, too! :)

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  5. I never realized that they were that close in age. They are perfect though!

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  6. So precious! Your two sound similar to my two...even down to the hairless little girl and the boy who could use a haircut every week. ;)

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  7. So precious! I love it that you share your special moments with us. P.S. - I want a dinosaur hoodie :)

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  8. just re reading my comment, and can I change the Are to OUR... ugh... :D

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  9. love it and made the park seem so calming! HA

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  10. My daughter and son are also 15 months apart. It was hard at first, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. They've always had a friend to play with. They're still close now at ages 13 and 14. Glad you are able to enjoy them even though there are days when you probably want to scream. You won't remember those days later...

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  11. Brings back memories of taking my two boys to the park -- so much fun to be had. Your kiddos are adorable! :)

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  12. Those are great photos! Congrats for shooting them in manual - I still have to make that leap. Absolutely love the dinosaur hoodie!

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  13. What sweet pictures! The dinosaur hoodie is too adorable!

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  14. Precious pictures...what fun! Visiting from Simple Things. My kids are 18 months apart. It was hard at first, but they have always been best buddies, even now at age 8 and 9.

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  15. Love the different angles! And LOVE te dino hoodie, so cute! My kids are also very close in age (15 and 20 mos) didn't plan it but they sure are good friends!

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  16. So sweet! I love the narrative of such a simple thing as a visit to the playground. Your kids will love reading this when they're older. The photos are great too. I'm always taking photos of my kids on the swings in our back yard because every once in a while I get a great one. But it takes a LOT of shots to get that great one. :) Love the playground theme too... cute idea!

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