Fall morning silhouette

On this morning, as I set my camera to take a photo of the light streaming in through our back windows, our daughter walked up and waited for me to finish. She was just outside of the frame of the photo and I asked her to take a few steps forward and stand in the sunlight. While waiting for me, she looked down at the little pumpkin in her hands and I captured this image.

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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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Reflected light at the drawing table

In my constant search for interesting light to photograph, I noticed the window light, reflected beautifully from the white drawing paper to my daughter’s face.

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Working together

I enjoyed this moment from the summer. Two sisters, working together, determined to fix a scooter by themselves.

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Memories of the playground

This image brings back memories of playing in the playground next to my childhood home with the kids in the neighborhood. So many wonderful memories of playing together for hours, jumping, swinging, tree climbing, bike riding, rollerskating, and going on adventures are flooding to my mind this morning.

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I moved away from the neighborhood and my childhood friends long ago, but my memories of those days with friends are still vivid.

This morning, I am thankful that I have recently found and reconnected with an old friend; I am truly enjoying sharing some of our favorite childhood memories and catching up with each other!

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!

The writer

While the girls were both involved in a quiet activity, I took the opportunity to tiptoe down the hallway and peek into their bedroom. There, I discovered our oldest, deep in thought, letting her ideas flow onto the pages of her new notebook.

Although she was aware of my presence, she remained focused and continued to write. This allowed me the time to capture an image of her doing something that she loves.

These natural moments are some of my favorite ones to photograph.

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Redwood Sorrell

A patch of bright light illuminated the redwood sorrell during our morning walk through Armstrong Woods (Guerneville, California).

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