So the birthday has come and gone. And aside from the 14 pictures of her opening presents and eating the icing off her cake, I have the same darn picture of my daughter - Quinlan and Wall. Granted, she's pretty darn cute, but I get the feeling that people are going to start thinking that I have only one wall in my house.
I know it would help if I had some type of camera belt holster that would allow me to grab shots of her doing fun stuff - like drawing on the walls, or sticking eggs up her nose. And really, those shots of her doing her "thing" (be it naughty or nice) are the best ones of her. She's in her element, she's laughing, smiling, and engaged. And she's beautiful.
But alas, I don't. And so all the shots that I take of her are BORING. Really. And now that she's at the age where she refuses to stand still for more than ONE nanosecond, it's more like "the back of Quinlan's head and LOTs of the wall." I can hear myself explain to hear when she goes through her pathetic photo album. "Yeah. No that's you dear. See. You can tell my that one hair I caught in the frame. See it? Yep. That's you honey."
So, thankfully I've befriended the lovely and talented Tracey of Picture This. And what luck? All month she is talking about Context - namely, take pictures of kids IN their element. And you know what? She's right. Also, Tracey's covering Composition as well. Check out these amazing shots my good friend took of her. Apparently she's pretty good at it as well...
And so. I'm going to give it a try. No. I'm not going to make belt holster. But I am going to check out what Tracey has to say (and if you have no idea what Context or Composition are in photog terms, then you should check it out too). I don't know either but I'm thinking they are important (Just a little guess here). Perhaps with her guidance (and my camera closer to me) I can take some great shots of my daughter doing what she does and less of the wall.