I really only meant
for them to play, and burn off some of that nuclear 3-year-old energy before bedtime.
I persuaded my husband to bring our son along with me to a shoot at DC’s Yards Park – promising them a good time splashing in the wading pool while I photographed a family’s annual pass session down the pier a bit. Since the annual pass sessions are just 30 minute shoots, I could join them after and enjoy the cool, breezy end-of-summer evening outdoors with them.
After my session, I found my guys sitting in the grass on a towel, drying in the sun. But Del wanted to show me the marvel he’d discovered, so he pulled off his shirt and headed back to the water, the waterfall a delight worth enjoying a second time.
“Get your camera back out,”
whispered the little voice in my head – the voice I call my “360 Project” (a reminder to me to see my life in 360-degrees, shaking off the tunnel vision that can collapse your view and shrink your creativity). “Be in the moment” everyone says. For me, that means grabbing the camera and chucking expectations.
And then, for about 10 minutes, magic happened.
God I love this kid.