Sometimes…

Sometimes, I don’t care about photography techniques, guidelines and rules.

Sometimes, my mother-heart clicks the shutter button and I just let go.

I let go of those little rules about composition, chopping limbs and achieving proper focus.

Instead, I hold onto that brief 10-second window when my little girl shined brighter than the sun.

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The way her hair glowed.

The way the light caught in her eyes.

The way the sun illuminated her fair skin.

The way her eyelashes fluttered as she blinked behind a veil of hair being tossed about in the wind.

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The way my heart exploded when we locked eyes and she smiled.

Sometimes

20 Comments

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  8:59 pm Reply

      Aww, thank you Andi! You're so sweet! :)

  1. by Paula Kiger on March 4, 2013  7:37 am Reply

    Love this! Let me see what I can find! As you know with teenagers these moments are a little less frequent. :-) :-) :-)

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:06 pm Reply

      Thanks, Paula! Those photos opps with teens are definitely few and far between here in my house too. lol

  2. by Amanda Jillian on March 4, 2013  7:58 am Reply

    Sometimes I find if I pay too much attention to the rules of photography I miss great shots. I also noticed that when I take out my fully manual 35mm I'm completely confident at taking great photos even of my kids. Something I'm still grasping at with my DSLR.

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:11 pm Reply

      How interesting that you feel more confident with your manual 35mm! I think I'd be even more engrossed in nailing things just right. How awesome that you're able to just let go! :)

      • by Amanda Jillian on March 16, 2013  9:10 pm Reply

        Probably cause it's what I used for years. I only recently got my DSLR, last year actually. Before that I used my fully manual 35mm for everything. I had been using it since I got it for Photo 1 in high school. So I've been using it for 10 years, it's second nature.

  3. by Susi on March 4, 2013  10:23 am Reply

    When it comes to the kids and capturing those precious moments I'm just the same. And you know, sometimes you get the money shot anyways! :)

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:12 pm Reply

      You're so right, Susi! :)

  4. by Amber on March 4, 2013  10:33 am Reply

    I find I enjoy my photos so much more when I let go of the rules and just follow my kid around and try to capture "her". THAT is real photography! ;)

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:12 pm Reply

      Real photography. Love that!

  5. by Amarie on March 4, 2013  6:01 pm Reply

    Those gorgeous eyes!

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:13 pm Reply

      Aren't they? I get lost in them every single day... :)

  6. by Celina on March 4, 2013  7:26 pm Reply

    What lovely photos and so inspiring. I'm new to this whole photography world, just turned my DSLR on the manual button last week. I have just a few photos on my blog if you'd like to see- however I don't ever really show my kids faces, so that's an added challenge. And these rules you talk about- I have no clue what they are, yikes! I'll be checking your tips and tutorial more closely now ;)
    http://petitapetitandfamily.blogspot.ca/search/label/52

    • by Kristi on March 4, 2013  9:18 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! Wow, you've just started shooting manually? So much fun! You'll probably never want to go back. :)

  7. by Kim Cunningham on March 5, 2013  9:58 am Reply

    Such a great reminder for those of us who tend to obsess. I can totally see her joy of life in these!

  8. by Melissa on March 5, 2013  10:38 am Reply

    Well said! I think sometimes I get caught up in "the rules" and totally miss the moment! Working on that... :)

  9. by Mindi on March 5, 2013  12:16 pm Reply

    I really couldn't agree with you more! Did you happen to see my post about the 5 rules for a good photo? My favorite is a good photo captures a moment. Check it out if you have the time

    http://stavishclan.com/2013/02/5-elements-to-a-great-photo.html

  10. by Janine @ Just a Moment on March 6, 2013  10:42 am Reply

    I love all your photos of your little one. There are no rules when it comes to photographing your own children or grandchildren.

    • by Kristi on March 7, 2013  12:29 pm Reply

      Thanks, Janine! I agree! :)

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