This month’s theme for my lifestyle photography group is Forever young. The song for this month’s theme is from Bob Dylan by the same name.
When I found out the theme, immediately this image popped in my head from last year where my dad was holding the handle bars and riding on the back of my 3 year old’s tricycle with her. I wished I had a camera with me then, because my dad was the poster child for never growing up and it was such a sweet moment between the two of them.
My dad and my daughter have this amazing relationship. They will play together for hours. I knew I wanted my images to capture this relationship they have and the aspect of play since playing is usually associated with youth. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great when we had time to visit, so we did a lot of playing in doors.
This is the first time my dad pulled out the Construx from mine and my brother’s youth to show Em.
A few activities later, and I found them playing with legos
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Growing up is optional.
Next in our blog circle is Cindy MacDonald from The Simple Things in Life Photography. Head on over to check out her interpretation of Forever young.
I’ve been in a Lifestyle photography group on Facebook for a while and this is the first time I’ve managed to both complete the assignment and get it blogged about in time for the monthly post. The group uses a song each month as inspiration to capture everyday moments in our lives.
This month’s theme is brave and was inspired by Sara Bareilles’ song Brave. Being brave is something we have talked about a lot in the last two months. I’m finding out just how intimidating this world can be for a newly four year old to navigate and comprehend.
Brave can apply to so many everyday situations from starting a new class at school with two new teachers and being filled with entirely new friends; getting new instructors at our extra curricular activities; being a flower girl and walking down an aisle alone; and just talking to people and answering questions.
I had so many ideas as to how I wanted to photograph this theme, and in the end I ended up using pictures that weren’t shot with this intention. We recently got back from a very quick trip to Disney World. My little girl was so excited to meet the princesses and other characters, but when it came time to meet her first princess, she was too shy to do so. We were at Enchanted Tales with Belle and she was very hesitant to go up to Belle and decided to stay back with us even after I offered to go up with her.
The next morning we had a character breakfast with the fab 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) and while she was ecstatic to see them at a distance she wasn’t so sure about getting close to them. The pictures I captured as the various characters came over and sat down next to her show her working on being brave.
By the time the last of the Fab 5 cam by, she was feeling much braver. And while Pluto didn’t come and sit down next to her, she did say “Hi, Pluto.” I’m so proud of my little girl.
Next in the blog circle is Lucy Sandeen from Lucy Elayne Photography. This month’s theme was inspired by her daughter who just completed her last chemo treatment. The spirit of this little girl is infectious; she is a fighter and I have so much admiration and respect for her and her mother. Lucy’s Brave post.