Worth 1000 Words

Those of you who know me can testify that I’m addicted to photos.  I love to take them, edit them, print them, frame them, scrapbook them, and do all kinds of funky things with them {like make knockoff Ravens tickets for Noah’s b’day party invitations}…you name it, I enjoy it.  I’ve even gone on hikes with the heavy, clunky Nikon around my neck so that I don’t miss a good shot.  But the one thing that’s always tricky for me is the ever-elusive ArtsyFamily photo.  You can’t take a photo and be in it at the same time.  We’ve gotten a few good shots from time to time with the help of a tripod and a timer, like this one from last Christmas, but you can’t be very spontaneous with those.
We also periodically encounter a kind soul who volunteers to take a family photo of us {or we harass them into it}, but despite their best intentions, these folks aren’t professional photographers and they don’t usually pay any attention to focus, position, composition…like this example from our beach vacation last summer.  The man who took it was friendly enough, but didn’t find it necessary to get out of his beach chair while shooting, so we get this strange upward perspective.  Not to mention that the whole point was to get us with the gorgeous backdrop of sand, waves, and ocean, and instead we look like we’re floating in the clouds.  Hmm.
All that to say, a few weeks ago I saw a post on Facebook by a former student of mine, Sara, from way back in my “I’m a high school English teacher” days.  She mentioned that she was trying to get a photography business started and was looking for some test subjects to build her portfolio…particularly families and young children.  Check and check.  We fit the bill!  I contacted her, volunteered our family, and last Sunday we did a photo shoot at a playground and railroad track near our home.  Here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous shots she got…get ready to be impressed with Photography by Sara.
This one is my absolute favorite.
Melts. my. heart.
This has to be one of my favorite pics of Little Crafter ever!  It just captures his sweetness…
She does some fun things with photo editing too, like this…
Aren’t they beautiful?  She took lots more too, which you can see along with the rest of her portfolio on her Facebook page.  Noah loved her; she was really good working with him and making him feel comfortable, which is a huge deal.  We’ve tried portraits at Sears and with other photographers before but he won’t smile a bit if he’s not at ease.  Thanks so much, Sara, for the gorgeous photos and for preserving memories of our family at this time in our lives.  Noah will be grown all too soon, so they truly are worth 1000 words.
PS – Speaking of photos and cute Noahs, won’t you vote for him in the Gerber contest?  Sorry that those of you like the fabulous Terry and Janelle who are outside the US are unable to vote.  I still love ya! ;)
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2 comments on Worth 1000 Words

  1. Amanda Joy
    July 7, 2011 at 7:54 PM (4 years ago)

    She did a great job. I love photo shoots on railroad tracks, and yours turned out awesome!

  2. Terry
    July 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM (4 years ago)

    She really did do a fantastic job. I had to laugh at your floating in the sky picture, lol. So nice that you got these great shots and a budding new artist got some pics to add to her portfolio.


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