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My view from up here…

You have heard me say it before and I am going to say it again…Claire does not care for me when I have a camera in front of her face.  I have tried numerous things/people to try and get her to communicate with me in regards to pictures, but for some reason she wants my undivided attention.  I would be lying if I said it didn’t frustrate me…believe me, it does–and I feel awful for letting it bother me.  Here I am…a photographer…and I struggle to get my own daughter to cooperate with me in front of the camera?  Geesh! ;)  Give me any other child and the chances are pretty good that I will get what I need.;)  My guess is that you have experienced this before, as well, with your own child.

Well, the point of this post was to complain…I mean, be real with you.  As much as I enjoy capturing Gabe and Claire, I know there are times when I need to stop expecting them to cooperate and just let them be.  Sometimes I just need to put the camera down and play with them–sounds contradicting to previous posts, I know.  There are so many thoughts that run through my mind about them growing before my eyes–I have to capture them…I want to remember every expression…I want them to be able to relive their childhood through pictures…the list goes on and on.  However, there are times (especially when I see faces like the one below) when I have to put the camera down.  I have to remind myself that memories aren’t only made in front of the camera.  Memories are stored in your heart, your mind, your soul.  As much as I love to document their childhood, I have to remember to be a part of it.

The one below is an exception.  If I showed you the one I took prior to this one…you would have asked what happened to my daughter.  Yes, she was that mad. ;)  However, I told her to get/hit mommy…this was the result. ;)  It’s a beautiful day today…go and play with your little ones outside.  If you forget your camera…it’s ok.  The memories will still be made.  The camera can come next time.;)

Leslie - Good thoughts, Mel. It is SUCH a struggle sometimes, isn’t it? One thing that I have found works (especially for my 2-year-old who HATES having his picture taken) is to actually HIDE with my camera. Put on a good zoom lens, stand far enough away, and peep around a chair or corner to catch them being THEM. That’s my little secret, anyway. :) April 22, 2010 – 2:15 pm

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