Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ten Minutes

You know you're a crazy photographer when you stumble upon deserted railroad tracks and drag your family out there for an impromptu photoshoot.

You know you have a great family when they don't even give it a second thought.

Or at least keep their thoughts to themselves.

Before I got involved with all these fabulous photography blogs, I never would have seen the amazing potential of deserted railroad tracks and a raspberry-colored boxcar (which was unlocked--wish I wasn't scared of hobos and could've taken some shots of them in the doorway).

Jax was tentative at first.  Maybe he was scared of hobos, too.

But thanks to Daddy's encouragement he grew brave enough to explore.

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I have seen so many amazing photoshoots on railroad tracks and know that the possibilities with lines and angles are endless.  I was just worried about lighting since it was midday and cloudy, which created a bit of a glare and a blank, white sky.  And lighting is really my weakness so I'll focus on those cool composition shots next time.  I'll probably be thinking about it tonight when Em inevitably wakes up because I'm crazy like that.

Regardless of lighting or angles, my little guy is growing up and it's easy to see.

He's grown taller and eats half as much as he used to, but he hasn't lost that baby belly.  I'm so glad!

He's so big and brave.  Here he goes, off to see the world.

His enthusiasm for life is so amazing to witness.  New experiences and adventures captivate him and will be the topic of dinner conversation for days to come.  I hope he is always excited to try new things and meet new challenges and people.  I hope he knows that Mommy and Daddy will always be here to hear his tales and be proud of him.  And that we'll always be there to go drag his butt back when he wanders too far!

And I hope that Em learns to be her own person, but a person who also loves life and sees the potential in an lonely boxcar.

And someone who loves.  That's a given.

I hope that our family always stops and takes a moment to enjoy life together.  This little adventure lasted ten minutes of our day, but it was my favorite part by far.  These are the small things that will help teach our kids and create memories, and it means so much to me that we aren't too busy to stop and enjoy them.

What were your ten minutes today?


KerriC said...

We planted flowers in our little flower bed and we didn't worry about the fact that we got mud caked under our fingernails or that the baby left a muddy ring in the bathtub. We just enjoyed ourselves.

Janice said...

I love your photos! :D Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following you back. I wish I had a better camera so I can take better photos too.

Have a great day!

Gillian said...

So sweet! I love these shots!

Beauty can be found in the most random of places, huh? Thanks for sharing your day's gorgeous moments!

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Kathy Detweiler said...

OMG I would have done the same thing!
What kind of camera do you use? I'm looking into getting a new one...I've got a Canon Power Shot with built in 20x optical zoom. Nut I think I've out growed it.

Julie {love, julie} said...

These are amazing photos! I wish i knew where some railroad tracks were!

Melissa said...

How fun! You got some great shots.
Did you get to climb up on that box car at all?


Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Thank you so much for linking up today & sharing these amazing family moments with me!

Cedar said...

These are fun shots! The burgundy car is a wonderful prop with the tracks! Plus lovely family :)

L. said...

I love these photos! Now I'm wishing that there were some train tracks near where I live!

Anonymous said...

Awww. Cute photos. How fun!

Life with Kaishon said...

Good for you for taking a risk and taking some fun pictures! I know your son had to just love it : )

As you shoot longer you will get tired of rail roads : ) Trust me. When someone asks me to go to one now I cringe : ) I still take them though of course!

Your family is very beautiful!

Keetha Broyles said...

I totally "get" it because I LOVE trains - - - and your photos are wonderful!

Susan said...

Yep, that's what we do. Great shots. Loved them♥

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a beautiful family you have! Your photo shoot is fantastic. I love all the JOY! Stopping by from communal global! :)

Jennifer Bowen said...

You have a beautiful family! I adore the photos. I have never done a photoshoot on train tracks. Maybe I ought to try it one of these days.

Thanks for sharing a part of your world with us at Communal Global. =)

Brooke said...

These are such fun photos! I would have totally done that too :D My family may or may not have been as cooperative. (Probably the latter!!!)