Friday, November 26, 2010

Is Using Your Camera An Enjoyable Experience?

I don't force photos. I have always thought enjoyable experiences with my camera were more important than bringing my camera to create an enjoyable experience.

I've never forced Ian to go out on a photo shoot with me. Ok. I have bribed him in the past. But most often he is a willing participant. We have fun. I get some photos I love. We continue to have fun. The camera is part of the experience, not the experience itself.

Until today.


I really wanted Christmas photos to finish my 2011 calendar, get it ordered and off my to do list. I thought it would be easy. We'd run to Old Sacramento, find a wall. Shoot. Buy a small toy at Evangeline's as a treat. Be done.

I was wrong.

He didn't want to. So I got the face. When you shoot that face it only gets worse. There is no consoling.

So I stopped. Scrapped it for another day. Lesson learned. I'm not THAT mom.

We were walking away, resigned today was not the day. He looked at me, said one more and we tried again.

Not perfect. Not what I'd envisioned. But his cute self, none the less.



I've learned my lesson. I'll stick to My Photography. It is what I love most and keeps him the happiest. Tomorrow we'll have an enjoyable experience and maybe I'll bring my camera.

10 comments:

Tami said...

ooh I would so use the first one on my cards :) with a little "It's not the 25th yet??" under it LOL

glad you have a mostly willing participant.

Anke said...

beautiful captures, both of them, and a great lesson. He is such a little sweetheart!! I had such a time getting the three of mine together, to match a little, to look at me, to not kill each other....not too much fun

Anonymous said...

Oh Katrina, I so vote for the first picture for this years Christmas card. If for nothing else but to show him a few years down the road. Yes, I'm THAT kind of mom....

Carol E. said...

Oh, but you have to love that first shot! My three (that is my two boys) were greatly relieved that I decided to use a photo of the five of us from our SF vacation for this year's card.

C McCormick said...

Oh, what a wonderful post. I get "the face" sometimes as well. You did get beautiful shots, great lesson in listening to the limits of your "subjects" for the day :) I usually have to tickle mine into submission, but if you remember I had the "grumpy cheetah" in your Halloween location post pictures...
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I love the shots, grumpy and not!

dille2@cableone.net said...

You are so right... I think we forget sometimes that our obsession with getting THE SHOT isn't shared by those who are usually the object of our affection.
There is a balance and Sometimes, we have to regroup, back up and live to try another day. Harder to do when you are staring down a deadline but useful perspective, nevertheless.
Love what you got! Mr I is just the best.

The View From Here said...

I have taken 2 of your classes, bought 2 of your books, and have learned SO, SO much! I have learned, though, just to relax and enjoy the process and not worry if the picture is perfect. It's telling a story, mostly of my life, and that is the most important thing. I do try to get the settings right and then I start shooting. But, if they aren't perfect or if they could have been sharper, that's okay. It's a learning process. Plus, I don't have any editing software so it's all right out of the camera. Mostly, I am pleased with that.

PS - I am taking your holiday class and have told a couple of friends about it. One has already signed up and I think another is signing up this weekend! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love the first shot both are cute but the first is my fav.

The Grounds Family said...

Love the last one!!!!

Haley D. said...

So precious and sweet! I get "the face" from my 9-year-old all the time now! :( I expect it from the 12-year-old, but I thought I'd get a little cooperation from her younger sister.

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