Food buddies

Our pup knows who to visit for a snack at our table; her food buddy is the best bet!

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Storytelling: a girl, a camera, and her dog

With our younger daughter off playing at a friend’s house, I had some time one-on-one time with our oldest. We decided to have some photo time together, which is always fun for both of us.

She has long since outgrown her point and shoot camera and is ready for her own DSLR. When I handed her my old Nikon d50 DSLR with a 50mm 1.8D lens to use for the day (technically, this is my husband’s camera now), she was thrilled! She jumped up and said, “I want to do a photo shoot with Honey!” (Honey is our 1.5 year old Spanish Water Dog.)

I grabbed my own camera as she and Honey ran out the door to have some fun; I definitely wanted to capture her story.

She started with using a pine cone to get Honey’s attention and to get her to stay still,

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which worked really well for a few minutes (my daughter’s photo is below).

P_photo_of_Honey_0285As she tried a new perspective, I saw a lot of my own style of photography. Obviously, she has been paying attention and observing me for years.

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Jean_H_de_Buren_photo_fun_5929 When Honey lost her focus, and we were winded from chasing her all over the yard,

P.photo_of_Honey_0598we took a break and headed inside to take a peek at her photos.

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She loved her photos, and found herself laughing at how many photos she had of Honey running out of the frame.

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To wrap up the photo shoot, our daughter made a sandwich, and, of course, shared a bit with her buddy, Honey!

Jean_H_de_Buren_photo_fun_5983We both had a wonderful afternoon and are already planning our next photo session!

Three at the window

For me, quiet, relaxing mornings are one of the joys of summer break. I am thankful that there is no need to get sleepy kids out of bed, no need to find backpacks and pack lunches, and no need to rush out of the house to make it to school before the morning bell.  I welcome the change.

At our house, (most of the year, but especially in the summer) the girls and I enjoy starting our day by creating; the girls wake up and start drawing before breakfast and I enjoy taking photos in amazing morning light.

As the first full week of summer break started today, it seemed like the perfect time to set up the art table again. There is a need for a dedicated space where art supplies are ready anytime and where the girls can come together and create. So, after moving a bit of furniture around, I set up a place for them at the front window, and they immediately started drawing together.

A few minutes later, their sweet pup joined them and all three sat together at the window.

I treasure these moments!

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A small change

Today, I am fortunate to be able to sit in my favorite bakery, sip my favorite tea, and have some time to myself. I know that I need to capture my photo of the day, but, since it has been my experience that photos/moments/perfect lighting present themselves to me if I’m just patient and observant, I am not worried at all. I am waiting, patiently.

As I started editing photos, this little dog sat at the table just outside of the bakery window. I smiled when I realized that he and I were both being patient, although for completely different reasons. His owner returned to the table and I decided that this dog was the perfect subject for my photo of the day today.

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Normally, when I capture street photography, I prefer to remain anonymous. But, today, I decided to make a change; I decided to stop being anonymous and instead introduced myself to the dog’s owner. I let him know that I enjoyed watching his dog, took a photo of him, and wanted to share the image. He gave me his email address and I sent the photo to him right away.

What a difference a small change can make; I was so energized after sharing my work!

As it turns out, this little dog’s name is Happy and happy is how I truly feel this morning!