where we’ll be spending the summer

On loan for the summer from friends: One Huge Super Fun Water Slide!

4 out of 5 kids are fans. 1 is not so sure.

Photo tip: I find it too hard to try to take a bunch of shots of moving subjects and hope for one to be in focus. When I am trying to capture the kids moving I usually do one of two things. One – I use the AI Servo mode, which tracks a moving subject. Two: I wait. In the slide shots below I didn’t have enough room to track them. Instead I picked the middle of the slide, focused and waited for the boys to come down the slide in that spot. The picture on the left shows where I got him in the right spot. The picture on the right shows my other son just past the area that I was focused on – so he is out of focus. I was shooting at f/2.8.

Not sure why she wanted goggles, she makes me laugh. I also feel the need to say I did not cast a vote for that swimsuit purchase.

Photo Tip: If you are learning photography, don’t always be caught up in a technically great photo. Since I teach others the basics of photography, it would be easy for me to want to always post technically great photos. But, to me, photography is part technical and part capturing something I love. I want to know the techniques for using my camera to the fullest, but at the end of the day I am just a mom taking pictures of her kids. In the photo above, my girl is not super in focus. I should have changed my aperture to get a better, more focused shot of her face. BUT – as her mom, I love this shot. Total keeper – half blurry and all.

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  • Pamela - Awesome!! So jealous, we are just going into winter. Although with days like we have had this past week you would never say so. It is 24degrees C here today – felt like we needed one of those slides.

  • Sarah - That picture of FireCracker with her goggles is PRECIOUS~!

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - That looks like so much fun!!

  • Danielle - That looks like so much fun! My boys would love it!

  • Kate - ohhh That looks so Awesome, have you been on it yet? I love that you take blurry photos and still keep them <3

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - Your place is the place to be this summer!
    I am still trying to learn how to use my camera…
    I love your reminder, and I agree, in the end it’s
    all about capturing the moment!

  • Natalie - How do you ever get them back inside to eat, sleep, bathe, etc.?!

  • Debbie C - That thing is awesome. Hee hee…you made me laugh about your need to comment on the swimsuit…I’m also not a Disney Princess fan. But we got some Disney books for Christmas and guess which books she always wants to read at bedtime? Sigh.

  • Kimberlee Jost - I love it that you say that you love that blurry shot of Firecracker. I have a tendency to not love a shot that I’ve taken that is out of focus even though I love what my kids are doing in the shot. Note to self: quiet those perfectionist tendencies or you might miss the moment.

    See you soon!!!!! 😉

  • Christin - They look like their going to have a blast this summer! Just wondering what was your aperture set at in the photo of firecracker and the goggles and what would you have changed the setting to?

  • Corrie Anne - Amazing waterslide!!!!!!!

  • Sarah - first of all lets take a moment and hug your friends. how generous. AND who just had a huge blow up slide/pool? amazing!

    I am terrible at deleting photos right off if there is a twinge of bluriness but i love what you said about the picture of firecracker. I will definitely take a second look before cutting blurry pictures loose.

  • Travis - Wow, you could charge admission on that thing. That is awesome.

  • Susan Blunden - your photos are always lovely to look at…I so need to sign up for your next course!! But I was just thinking how lovely it would be for little one’s birth family if some day they could have access to all these beautiful photos of her growing up with her brothers and sisters.

  • Nicole C - Oh the last one, I love it.

  • Kara M - WOW! That looks like a lot of fun…especially if mom gets to watch from the shade with a glass of lemonade! 😀

  • Traci - That slide is…..a-maz-ing. I need one. I need one like now!

  • Kristin S - I really hope that close up goggles shot will be blown up and framed at her rehearsal dinner. Darling. Perfectly imperfect.

  • Maloree - I love how Little One just runs! What a testimony!

  • bethblntn - I ama self taught photographer. Nowhere near as good as you are and though I want so badly to take your calls I lack the funding (not that its terribly costly or over priced because I KNOW its not… I’m just broke -.-) so I am ever thankful that you post side tips like this and list your ISO and lines information and such on your post. What a blessing you are to people like me. Thank you for having such a caring, teaching heart. <3

  • bethblntn - class*

  • RaD - I hope you remember to move that thing around this summer. It looks like a grass killer indeed, LOL! :0)

    That being said, I am so jealous of your kids!

  • Taralynn Dixon - Hahahaha my daughter has a very similiar bathing suit but in light blue, and I feel the same way about it! HA! So not my choice 🙂 But she loves it. Part of letting go right:) ?!?!

  • Sarah - That is one epic slide! I bet it’s like Christmas in May for them!

  • emily anderson - ummmmmmmmm. we’ll definitely be stopping by on our trip to KS this summer! the kids will have a hay day.

  • Kristina - I love your blog! My friend Cara told me about it because of my work as a pediatric feeding therapist (SLP) and I couldn’t wait to check it out. I’m trying to find some posts that you may have specifically journaling life with feeding challenges! Glad to “meet” you! Your family and pictures are beautiful!

  • Andrea - How fun!! I love this reminder that photography is part technical and part capturing something you love. I have a tendency to get so caught up in the technical part of it and needed this reminder 🙂

  • Kelleyn - A perfect place to spend summer!

  • amber - Awesome. Princess swimsuit & all. Haha!!

  • Karla Swalve - what a fun summer! I was cracking up at your dislike for firecracker’s swimsuit 😉 I’m with you in not being a fan of character stuff and of course the kids love it! I try to keep the characters to pajamas and underwear, lol 🙂 In any case, she looks adorable no matter what!