Why You got Compost

Yesterday was Earth Day, and you were treated to some ruminations on composting. But that wasn’t my original plan. Oh, no. My original plan had been to take some lovely photos of the kids lying on the grass. We love to hang out in the back yard now that it’s warm out, and who doesn’t want to admire my adorable offspring? It was a sure-fire recipe for success.

Except, not. You see, children are often uncooperative when asked to pose. Sometimes you can’t get a nice shot of even one child. Two children at once, well, it’s almost impossible. Any parent will tell you that a good photo of both children smiling and looking at the camera is sort of like spotting Bigfoot. It’s theoretically possible, but likely just a myth. “Oh, yeah, I have this friend who takes good photos of her two kids. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes…”

Here are the photos that came out of our little photo session. Enjoy yourself at my expense. 😉

Disgruntled children on the grass
Hannah refuses to look at the camera, and Jacob starts to fuss.

Jacob on the grass
Hannah leaves altogether, and Jacob continues fussing.

Amber and the kids
I try to get in the shot, thinking it might help

More Amber and kids on grass
Now I’m relying on my self-portrait skills, which are not so hot.

Hand in Mama's mouth
Jacob starts putting his fingers in my mouth and I give up altogether.

Jacob nursing
I nurse Jacob and Hannah assumes position on the other side of the lens. We all feel much better.

If you’re not keeping up with my Flickr photostream, you should check it out. You can find more photos of the kids, and some shots of my gorgeous suburban landscape.

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  1. Love the pictures. Your children are so beautiful. Sometimes, no matter what you do, they just don’t want to take that picture. But I find it makes for another type of cute picture and memory.

  2. Wow! Hannah did a great job taking that picture!

  3. Ah, who wants boring pictures of kids staring at a camera smiling anyway? 🙂

  4. Everyone tells me that the secret is Photoshop.

    We did get a real, un-Photoshopped Christmas picture of the whole family . . . but the highly experienced photographer took close to 400 shots!

    And your kids are adorable!

  5. Those picture are great because they’re honest; no staging, no posing, just a camera capturing time as it drifted by.

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