Friday, February 3, 2012

Amazing Photos

That got your attention! Everyone wants to take better pictures. You want those pictures to reflect the actual moment and to closer reflect the feeling of the day...

To really capture that glimmer in his eye, the sparkle in her step....

The secret to taking great photos is taking lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots

and lots

and lots

and lots

and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots
of really bad photos. Terrible- out of focus, over-exposed, poorly framed shots.

We've been conditioned to call something that doesn't turn out as we planned - a failure.
I call it practice. A photography rule of thumb is that 10% of the pictures you take should turn out great. That means 90% aren't great. But the ones that are, make it worth the attempts.
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Dad's shoes are a hit at our house and this picture hurts my heart so good.

My pictures grew a soul after I found out about Greyson. Before my mind was tripping over manual photography you make decisions like Aperture and ISO and Shutter speed- and they all need to be in harmony...I tended to over-think it at times...I didn't always trust myself...Now I don't care if I fail because my son has taught me a very important lesson about life. He doesn't always get it right the first time- and he still pushes on. So now I play around like its Sephora-breaking photography rules of framing and thirds when it feels good...I get on the ground, I climb a tree, I overexpose...
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Every time you take a risk- you must embrace the possibility of failure...not the crush you to the ground type of failure, but the get yourself back up and dust yourself off kind of failure.
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Before we realized he could climb the stairs -he climbed up a few and fell back. Conked his head hard. Hasn't slowed him down a bit. We climb the stairs for fun a few times every day (with me following right behind).

Greyson is no stranger to practice. To consider an ABA "Program" (learning colors, imitation, letters, how take off shoes, follow directions and many more) "Mastered" he needs to successfully complete the task at hand 100% of the time over 2 consecutive days. Before that happens there are days and days and days of attempts...Some might call that failure...I call it amazing...I call it strength- I call it resilience on the part of the ABA teacher and Greyson.
Well -Done- You.

Teachers- you are changing the World every single day! Thank you for teaching our babies!!!

I will teach my kids to fail. Even more importantly, I will teach my kids to fail and not give up. I will challenge myself to fail. This weekend, I challenge you to do the same...dust off your old running shoes, end a relationship, start a new hobby, tell someone how you really feel...Break out of your comfort zone.

Happy Friday, Friend. Thanks for stopping by. You can also find me on Facebook.

Pretty please keep sharing Life With Greyson (+ Parker). Help me tell the World.


  1. I am so touched by your writing, energy and honesty. I guess none of were meant to be perfect in one way or the other. My way= LOTS of imperfections. I laughed when you wrote about forgetting shoes in the winter, why? because I am a mom who has locked all 3 of her kids in a car or house- with them on the inside with the keys and me outside looking in. NO mother of the yar for me. I am now almost 61 and have decided that alot that I thought was important really wasn't. I have 3 beautiful children that have wonderful spouses and lives in SPITE of me!

  2. Debbie, Thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting. I love to hear from you. If your way= lots of imperfections than you and I would get along just fine! I think the sentence you wrote is very important and one that I will put in my pocket and dig out when I need it- that alot that you thought was important really wasn't.