I'm a total nerd who grew up without many toys. And my partner is a total nerd who grew up roaming the culdisacs of Southern California on his bike with his buddies; so we aren't very into anything that flashes or makes noise or comes with instructions. Last Christmas we gave George a bow and arrow set. He promptly broke all three arrows within the day and the bow sat in the back of his closet for the winter. Mark (my partner) wanted to give it away in one of his epic clean outs but I rescued it from the pile because I am a big believer in the rescuing of hopeful objects. The following spring, George discovered the bow again and convinced Dad to make him a million new arrows and then he used the toy every single day all summer long.
One morning when the light was good I walked out onto the porch and took a couple shots. Then I put the camera away and went back to my laundry and vacuuming.
When you plan a photoshoot with me, it's a good idea to think about objects that are important to you and your family. Do you have lovie that simply must be memorialized or a favorite park that is nothing special except your family has visited it every Saturday morning for the last 100 years and it feels like yours?
Does Dad always use his tools on Saturday while the kids play tag in the front yard? Does other Dad always host a toy hospital where he fixes all the poor stuffed animals missing arms in the living room? Does your neighbor have the most beautiful Christmas light show that your whole family loves? Let's capture the ordinary goodness of your life, and until then, enjoy mine vicariously.