listening to their ideas {photo tip}

Nose Stuck In A Book.

9.15climb-01While at the lake, my oldest told me he had an idea for a picture. I pretty much always listen to my kids’ picture ideas. I often get asked how my kids feel about my camera and always being the subject of my photos. For the most part, they really don’t even notice anymore. One way I try to encourage their ‘okay-ness’ with my camera is by encouraging their ideas for photos. I also let them use my camera (my involvement depends on the age of the kid asking to use it).

My oldest had an idea. I stopped what I was doing, grabbed my camera and followed him. He had a plastic bag with a book and cookies inside it. I was already smiling.




Up a tree with a book. The most perfect picture of him.

When he came down, he smiled and told me I could post the pictures to my blog if I wanted to πŸ™‚

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  • Sarah - Ahhhh that last sentence. He gets you! πŸ™‚ And I love those pictures!

  • Tanya - What a gorgeous idea for a photo! πŸ™‚

  • Katie - What an awesome idea! Also: he is brave to climb up that tree! (Of course, I don’t do heights, so… I’m impressed!)

  • Michelle - I love this picture. I have a question. How did you delete the other tree? Thank you!

  • C - I read your blog. Always. But I never comment. I showed this picture to my 6 year old son this morning. He is on the verge of reading. Some days he gets it, some days he doesn’t. He is starting to become really frustrated with himself because he is desperate to eat books at libraries and learn about the world, but finds it hard to stop racing around, getting muddy and climbing trees. When I showed him this book he joyfully declared “I knew you could climb a tree AND read a book”! He is inspired to keep trudging at learning while still being a kid πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.

  • Melanie - I am just really curious about those trees…how in the world did they grow like that?

  • Rae - OMG, that is so sweet! amazing photos! <3

  • Rae - @Michelle.
    i think she just angled it so both the trees looked like one πŸ™‚

  • Ranee - awesome.

  • michelle - I wonder if he knows just how awesome that picture really is! I am three times his age and would be terrified of being that high on a tree…let alone reading that high on a tree, haha!
    Cheers, mate!

  • Kate - I love this so much! These photos and this story made me smile from ear to ear! What an amazing son you have!

  • Sarah - Love This!

  • Lacey Meyers - Oh, I love this! What a fabulous idea he had, and that tree is awesome! It is so cool to see our passions merge with our kiddos’, too. πŸ™‚

  • beth ann - How fun!!

  • Donna - Nothing to do with today’s blog. I saw a great idea that would work for you. Have a piece (or two ) of glass cut for your table, the kids could use erasable pens to do their work eliminating a lot of paper. Just like a big blackboard. Just a thought

  • Sundee - OMG…a timeless photo of his youth. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that on canvas hanging in the boys’ room!! I love it.

  • carrie - So, how did you get two scraggly trees to look like one full tree? Are they lined up with different perspective, or is it just one tree? That last photo is spectacular. Your son had a great idea!

  • Lynn - I love this photo!! Your son came up with a great idea!!

  • Sharla - The picture is amazing! He had a great idea

  • Ethel White - He was right, what great idea. I’m glad you made the pic. It will be an awesome memory for both of you.

  • Dena - What a creative mind… comes from his mother I think πŸ™‚ and what a gorgeous picture. that needs to be on a big canvas I think.

  • Holly - He seems like a great kid.

  • Jessica - Amazing shots to go along with amazing memories. You have great kids!

  • Meg - What a great kid. That has to be one of your favorite photos of him! I love when I capture not only a great photo, but a moment and a story. I need to get better at photography so I can do that more often. πŸ™‚

  • Emily | Gather & Dine - That is the sweetest thing, Ashley! Thanks to you, I’ve kept this in mind as I take pictures with the kids and it’s made such a difference.

  • Cassidy - These pictures make me happy. (:

  • Kathie M. - Such a perfect shot and idea…very him!! I love it!

  • julie - Grinning ear-to-ear here! What a feel good post! Very creative photo, too!

  • RJ - Did he decide the first tree wasn’t picturesque enough? Lol. What a great idea!

  • Emily - I love it! Such a great shot. πŸ™‚

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - So much awesome.

  • AshleyAnn - The angle is confusing on that picture. The trees are actually stacked. The tree he did not climb is directly in front of the tree he did climb!

  • AshleyAnn - Carrie – The angle is confusing on that picture. The trees are actually stacked. The tree he did not climb is directly in front of the tree he did climb!

  • Brittany - THIS. This is why I am so grateful to a snatched up a spot in your final snapshops! Already spotting the use of lines and thirds in these!

  • Kirsten J - Seriously cool. Am I the only one who wants to know what book he’s reading?

  • ajira - Absolutely loved this post. One of my faves ever and I’ve been reading your blog for a while. πŸ˜€ What a great photo of this time, and how awesome that it was your son’s idea for himself. Just loving everything about this! πŸ˜€

  • Tanya - Love this! Great thinking on his part and great job of getting different angles on your part! You should blow it up big and hang it! Tell him thanks for letting you share it. πŸ™‚

  • Cathy - If this isnΒ΄t the most amazing picture!!! Definately one to frame and hang over his bed!

  • Krystina - I just love these photos. They bring back memories of my childhood. I was always the kid in my family that you could find in the most interesting positions with my nose in a book.

  • mary m - What a sweet boy, and such a wonderful Mom to respond so well to
    his request.
    Just curious why that tree is in the water like that?…most trees don’t survive long with their roots so soaked.
    Thanks for sharing.
    mm,vancouver wa.

  • Ingrid - Love this πŸ™‚

  • Lisa - Beautiful!

  • ADVICE FROM A COP - Gotta admit, that was a pretty awesome idea for a picture. =)

  • Carla - What a perfect place to read a book and an awesome idea for a shot. I love his thinking πŸ™‚

  • Karen - This is absolutely perfect!

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  • Amy - I LOVE the last photo because it looks like one tree. In the first photo you see how one tree is kind of scraggly but together they look strong. Much like life – we are always stronger with a friend.