With a great photo idea in mind, I arrived at school early for pick-up, found the perfect parking spot, set my camera, and waited for the girls to walk into my viewfinder. I was ready to capture the excitement of the end of a school day on a Friday afternoon.
While I waited, I began to think about how I wanted to send this yet-to-be-taken-photo to my husband, as he misses these moments while he’s at work. Then, SURPRISE! Our youngest suddenly appeared in my viewfinder, ahead of schedule and was almost out of the frame when I captured this image. With all of my preparation, I didn’t even have the time to focus properly!
This was not the image I had planned, yet it is one of my favorites from the school year; I laugh when I see this photo and remember how happy the girls were to be starting the weekend.
Some of my best planned moments often turn into something different, and altogether wonderful!
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.
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!
I couldn’t resist this toy store window display.
Beautiful lights draw me in.
There are some mornings when I am able to take some time to myself, to take things slowly, and to wander around downtown, looking through shop windows.
I am often surprised by the reflections on the glass,
where a splash of sunlight can land in a room,
the beauty of glass through glass,
how inviting a closed restaurant can be,
and the colorful objects that catch my eye.
I am also delighted when I discover others who are getting an early start, too.