We had a warm, rainy day AND no school a few weeks back. We made the most of it and found what little puddles and parties were to be had until the baby woke up from his afternoon nap.
It's always tempting to reach for the phone in the back pocket on occasions like this, but I'm SO, SO glad I went for my DSLR instead. While I often appreciate the convenience of the iPhone, it can't hang at all with my Nikon in terms of capturing the movement and the emotion of these little babies of mine.
I especially love the photos from this afternoon because they show how much the girls enjoy playing together. I keep looking through them and thinking "I hope they're always this silly together".
The baby woke up after their splashing and gallivanting so we had to add him to the mix, too. We put the girls' hand-me-down rubber boots on him for the first time and its safe to say he's obsessed with them now.
I've been newly energized and inspired to capture more photos at home with my DSLR. It's where I started and it's where I tell my story best. Not only do I love having high quality photos, but I get a lot of satisfaction from the creative control I can have over the DSLR in manual mode versus the iPhone. Working to capture their personalities and compose a photo that captures childhood is so, so fun for me.
Sometimes holding my camera at home can feel a lot weightier than it should. I hold it all the time for work (that I really enjoy), but I still feel like I have my work pants on sometimes when I pick it up at home.
It's been nice to shake off that feeling and use it for pure enjoyment, trying different techniques, observing my kids through the lens.
If you have a DSLR and don't know how to use it, I encourage you to go to Kindred Photography Workshops and consider attending a workshop! I began Kindred almost a year ago with my friend Angela of Hazel and Haze Photography. Since then we've helped dozens of women learn manual mode on their DSLR cameras, enabling them to tell their stories through the lens, too!