Challenge #2!

I must admit that I had some pretty grand plans for my Fathers Day photo shoot with the kids, but then life happened.  I ended up taking these photos during a 10 minute window between swimming lessons and lunch because Truitt was on his way out the door to a friend’s house and Isaac had a baseball game.  Sometimes this is the very best way to shoot photos of your kids.  To be honest, I’m not sure all four of them would have hung in there much more than 10 minutes.  I ask them to plop down on the driveway and then we quickly discussed what to write on their feet (Isaac changed my original idea and it worked much better his way).  However, it’s not easy writing on ticklish feet!  I fired off about 20 quick shots and then we picked our favorite.  I included a few of the outtakes too.  I love these photos becuase they are “real”.  Elle is in her diaper, Truitt’s feet are dirty and no one’s hair is combed.  I sometimes hear parents say that they want to hold off on taking photos of their kids because they have a bruise or cut on their face, teeth missing or maybe they gave themselves a little haircut.  I think these are very things we want to document and remember.  Life is imperfect and that’s just the way I want to remember it.

We would *love* to see your Fathers Day photos!  Please link them in the comment section of this post or on the Facebook Challenge Page.  Don’t forget the extra credit (photograph dad with the kids on Fathers Day!).

Details:  35mm lens, f/1.4 ISO 250 (shot in Aperture Priority Mode), shot on my driveway

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June 18, 2011 - 2:01 am

Jane Little - I love it!!! That’s such a cute idea. Just pointing this out, but your one son’s feet like humungous next to everyone else’s! Gonna be tall like his dad.

June 18, 2011 - 9:14 am

Melissa - Jane- I know :) . Actually we compared our feet at the pool this week and his are quite a bit bigger than mine.

June 18, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Jan From Canada - An absolutely lovely post Melissa :) These are probably the most precious photos I have ever seen, honestly! They are just so “Real” and captures that child spirit just beautifully! Poised pictures do not always tell the story like photos shot straight from the heart :) I especially LOVE the one of your daughter with her feet up and diaper showing! SO sticking cute! Her curiosity too in the shot looking at her big brother’s feet, is adorable. I think your hubby will be so touched by these tokens of love.. Happy Father’s Day! Cheers, Jan

June 18, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Sarah Litkenhaus - Our beautiful baby girl is no longer a baby but a toddler and she knows her way to Daddy’s heart. She has a love for the water and sun like any true water baby but I believe she will have the love of boating as well. She’s already to go in her lifejacket and ready to drive the boat for Daddy. http://litkenhaus.blogspot.com/

June 18, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Jacob Sullivan - Fantastic idea Melissa. The kids look like they enjoyed it. I have to agree with Jane, your sons feet are quite big. If he’s already passed your shoe size, won’t be too long till his foot gets bigger than his dads, yikes!!

June 18, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Tenille - These are great! Tried it with my girls and they didn’t turn out this cute…but they are so us! Thanks for the great idea!! I had so much fun putting the paint on their toes!! They thought it was pretty cool!

June 19, 2011 - 9:45 am

Jenn (mycuteladybug) - CUTEST thing EVER!! :D

June 21, 2011 - 5:40 pm

alicia - I know that hectic life all too well. We also tried to squeeze in a photo shoot for dad. Yours is way cuter and more creative!! Great shots.

May 1, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Chloe - Hello,
I’d love to share your photo of the words “We love Daddy” spelled out on your children’s feet. It is such an adorable photo. I wanted to include it in one of my Father’s Day posts. I will definitely link it back to this site. Let me know if that is okay with you.
thanks

June 11, 2012 - 12:06 am

Laura @ cookiecrumbs - Melissa,

This photo is so darling. I’m going to attempt to get my favorite 8 wiggly feet to hold still long enough to capture for this year’s Father’s Day.

Thanks for sharing,
Laura

June 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

Jodi - Loved this so much that we did this for my husband this Father’s day. I’ve linked back to you!

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