I like kids and I like cameras. You get some kids in front of a camera and you never know just what will happen. Sometimes you can't even coax a smile. When you have kids, cameras and family photo shoots, you have a natural recipe for disaster. Last week, I delivered on a promise to a friend that I would take her family photos for her. So, she, her husband and her two decked out daughters joined me in the park. The only thing was....these kids were all jiggles and of course anxious to NOT be there. The promised reward of a candy bar was the best thing about this photo shoot as far as they were concerned. Well, what you do in a case like that is just shoot and hope for the best.
After the shoot, I sifted through the out of focus and goofy shots to find a few I could work with in Photoshop. I was able to redeem the day and give mom a few pictures I'm sure Grandma will love and that's all good...... but the best part of the day was the out-takes. Those two little girls were dressed like princesses and they knew it. Every once in a while you would notice them twirling, or running through a field of flowers with wonderful childlike abandon. I caught that and when I saw the pictures, they took my breath away. A camera is a magical thing and a child is too.
Photoshop is even more magical than a camera. I turned a couple of shots into digital watercolors and added this quote: "May your paths always be lined with flowers and may your days be filled with sunshine".
Then I decided not to keep this print all to myself. I put it up on Lulu , where you can download it and print yourself out a nice 5x7 print of your own. I've got a couple others that are just that gorgeous and plan to make them into a digital collage sheet for you to use on your own greeting cards. I'll let you know when they are available. Anybody else have some cute kids they want photographed?