I like the images that kids take. Usually they show what the kids find interesting. They often show movement. I used to give the kids a disposable cameras. Yes, we would end up with 20 pictures of Barbie, but among those were gems. A 4 yr old Beks posing a 2 year old Luke by the dress-up trunk. A photo essay of what can be done with a chalkboard and a new package of sidewalk chalk. An expose of everyone knees at a church event. Close ups of what, exactly, is under the bed. It was almost worth the expenditure.
Now that I don't actually have to pay for the bad, the blurry, and the what-the-heck-is-that pictures, I think of them as little gifts. Gifts of my kids being kids. A still life of lives that are in constant motion.
Pass the wine and cheese and let's have a look at this recent gallery created by my children.
A popular pose is what I call Open Wide
Another favorite theme is food. Luke is usually consuming it or taking pictures of it. Food is very important to an 11 yr old boy. I never realized HOW important until I had to hide things from him. Leave a baked chicken on the counter to serve for dinner, and Luke will have it torn apart, topped waffles with it, and be emptying a can of whipped cream over the mess all while asking " what's for dinner?"
This is actually a failed loaf of bread. I forgot it was rising in the oven, and turned the oven on 10 hrs after I had put the frozen dough in there. This is not recommended on the bread dough label. Luke ate this after he took the picture.
This is dinner. Or part of it. He's wondering where the rest is.
Another frequent pose is kids acting goofy. I actually delete a lot of these, but here is one to sample.
And sometimes they take my picture. ish. Maybe that is how they see me. Just a big smile. I kinda like that image.