30|40 Floating

Canon 7D: 20mm: ISO 125: 1/400 sec: f/8.0

I was having a hard time choosing one photo for today’s Friday Photo.  My oldest, Savanna, was still awake when I was making my decision.  This was her favorite.  

29|40 Going Up

Our week has been dominated by this new fact: she loves the stairs.  Since she discovered them, they call to her, “Climb…climb…”  

I knew I wanted to have this milestone be my photo this week, but I had much fancier plans.  Ideas involving long exposures, wide angles and a flash.  Maybe I’ll still do that, but I remembered, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”  It’s good. 

I almost overlooked it completely because here is how it looked straight out of the camera:

Yikes! I try to get it right in the camera but sometimes I don’t.  I had the white balance set for something else and exposure wasn’t good but after a few minutes in Lightroom, I liked it.

28|40 Snowfall

The girls were outside playing in the doorway of their play house.  I was thinking about finding a frame and the door looked like a good one.  I grabbed my camera and went outside.  When I got to them, their play had already ended and the snow had begun.  I asked my big girl to let me take her picture.  

This one made me glad I went out for that other picture. 

26|40 Gulp

Finally that very wiggly tooth wiggled free.  It happened while she was eating pizza with me last Saturday afternoon.  I looked at her and said, “You lost your tooth!”  She looked back at me and then felt for the tooth.  It was gone.  We looked in her piece of pizza and on her plate.  Gone.  

She wrote a note to the tooth fairy:

Tooth Fairy, 

I lost my tooth but I swallowed it.  Can you still come?  I am happy.

(She came.)

In a busy house, it’s nice to take a few moments with just one kid to take note of a milestone. 

I took this right before bedtime. I discovered that this is a great time for photographing my kids.  They are very cooperative since it is buying them a little more time before they have to get in bed.  

I used my flash for this one.  Before I got used to using flash, I just put my camera away after dark.  I still love natural light, but I don’t feel limited to it.  I bounced the flash off the ceiling in the bedroom.  I’ll get one of the girls to take a photo of me doing this sometime soon.   

27|40 On the Move

Gone are the days of putting her down and expecting her to stay there for more than a moment.  Our little girl was in no rush to crawl.  After all, her big sisters and brother brought everything to her.  She began by moving very slowly using only her arms and pulling her legs behind her.  Then one day, she found her legs and was off.

With her new found mobility, she has become a little worried too.  She needs to have either myself or Steve in her sight at all times.  Last night she was downstairs with her dad and I was upstairs with her brother.  Suddenly, I heard her scream.  Her brother was with me so I knew it was nothing he did.  The screaming stopped as quickly as it had began.  When I came downstairs, I asked what had happened.  Steve said, “I walked into the kitchen.”  As soon as he returned she was fine.  This is new.  But it’s not surprising.  Her world has gotten a little bigger this week.