“A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.”
I was on the tail end of editing my holiday files when I came across this shot and my heart exploded. Such a sweet little stroll in the yard with two of my favourite people.
Our holiday house was just a short distance from a big expansive beach. Even though it was predicted to be raining the entire day the clouds parted and blue skies reigned long enough for us to head to the beach. The wind sent the kids into a frenzy with hair and sand flying everywhere. My local camera store guy recently said to me “This is not the kind of camera you take to the beach”. Ha! I think he would have died if he’d seen me shooting in these conditions.
I’ve been slowly editing photos from our little holiday and I’ll try to share some of them this week. The house we stayed in was modest but perfect for young kids. The house overlooked the beach and was next to a hobby farm where the odd cow and goat roamed. A forest of trees enveloped the house on the other side so to say the location was sublime would be an understatement. The three little cousins loved running up and down the hills, picking the wild flowers and testing out the bunk beds. I fondly remember that excitement of exploring a new house on the first day of your holiday.
It’s been a helluva rainy ol’ week here but regardless of how wet (and extremely crazy stuck indoors with two tiny terrors) it has been I’m hanging out for a little weekend getaway. Meanwhile I think every single toy has made its way out of our toy box and been spread across the floor at some point this week and a particular triangular shaped block has had it in for me and found it’s way under my feet three painful times! Bring on the weekend!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m always keeping an eye out for visually interesting things that might make a fun photograph or potential backdrop for a photoshoot. What I love about kids is that Oscar, at 4, can appreciate the same little details. I can point out to him, for example, the interesting textures of these doors and he will agree and get excited about it – impressive considering most adults would probably look at me sideways and assume I was going crazy.
So, last month I joined a small group of (amazing) documentary photographers from around the globe in a project called ‘Ordinary Moments’. There are many of us who are passionate about finding beauty in the everyday mundanities of life and highlighting them through art. This is my submission for our first month – I snuck up on a quiet moment of my babies and their grandmother watching and waving goodbye to their cousins out the window. Please follow the links below if you would like to see this month’s other ‘ordinary moments’.
Ordinary Moments is a creative project by a group of female photographers from around the world. Through our monthly posts we will be sharing our everyday moments with the world, with the aim to showcase documentary family photography and inspire families look beyond the fixed smiles.
If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their Ordinary Moments, follow the links:
Lacey Monroe: http://laceymonroephotography.com/blog/
Kölcsey Sára: www.kolcseysara.hu
Natasha Kelly: www.natashakellyphotography.com/blog
Antonina Mamzenko: www.mamzenko.com/blog
Angela Douglas http://angeladouglasphotography.com/