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Shooting the Everyday | Wait for it…

While I love the images I get when I plan to use my camera, I am perhaps even more enamored with the ones that happen on the fly.

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I looked up and saw Chloe sitting in the container that holds her trains watching an iPad.  I snapped a picture and just watched to see what she would do next.

Bicycle helmet? Check!

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Hmmmm think she would get back in that green container with that helmet on?  Maybe with George or the iPad to keep her company?

So I just waited… then when she did what I anticipated I still continued to watch and shoot.

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TA-DA.  Then this happened.  A picture of her pretending to talk to Auntie Bridget wearing a bicycle helmet was THE picture.

So how do I get images like these?  Basically I just watch and let the story unfold.  It isn’t always the story I envision, like in this case I didn’t set out to get a picture of her talking on the phone.  I just wanted a cute picture of her in that green basket with better light that the first one.  The phone and bicycle helmet were just bonuses.

When you photograph your kids do you document as they do their own thing or do you intervene to try and get the picture you see in your head?

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