These are some of my favorite family snapshots of 2014. Not all of them are perfectly exposed. Not all of them are perfectly framed. Why do I love them? Each one reminds me of a day that I spent with my children. What we did, where we went, how they were acting.
Vacation Photos: Florida Trip in February
This first one is of Eli and my Grammy. That would be his Great-Grandma. We were visiting her in Florida last winter. The photo was taken at her home just after lunch. Grammy was just telling Eli that she had a birthday coming up and that she was going to be 92. By the look on his face I don’t think he believed her!
You may think that because I photograph my children all the time that they are just used to me snapping away. You may also think that they always cooperate. Clearly, this is not the case. Eli went through about 6 months of not wanting his photo taken. Every time I’d pull a camera out he’d stand in front of the camera and give me this look. Or even better, he’d put his hands over his eyes. He didn’t want me to take a photo of anyone! I’d be photographing Tessa and he’d jump between us and do one of these moves. This trip to Florida I finally got him back- now he loves having his picture taken! (Seen in the background Uncle John, Grammy, my Mom and Tessa)
Lake Erie Beaches
This photo was taken right around Eli’s birthday in August. We were at the beach having a lovely day together. I remember is was fairly cloudy and it wasn’t super warm. I held the camera in one hand and pulled him around on the ‘surfer boarder’ in the other. I had to take what felt like a million shots to get this one. But once I got it I KNEW it was a keeper. He’s so cute isn’t he?! The reason I turned it into black and white is because it was such a blah day, even the water color looked blah-like.
Both of the children LOVE catching toads. Here they are scooping one up and making the little guy a ‘home’. I love that this picture shows how well they play together at this age. Let’s hope it stays this way!
We visited Safari Niagara a bunch of times this summer. They have a huge splash pad and a the grounds have tons of interesting sculptures! We always play hide and seek around this blue thing. We’d spend at least an hour rolling down this big hill there too. It is amazing that nobody ever threw up!
After school visits to the Albright Knox are always a fun time! We run up and down the stairs, check out the mirror room and then just act goofy. I love that they both have real smiles in these photos.