Of all the events and occasions that I’ve taken photos of, birthdays would be the one that results in the most captures. After all, it’s a grand occasion that deserves much celebration. That being said, it’s also the one grouping of photos that I’ve done anything with. Memories of birthdays past sit in disks and files, never printed nor displayed.
Birthday photos are usually joyous and vibrant, yet they also come very cluttered with people and things, much too busy in nature, to really focus on the main subject of the photos. Therefore, these types of photos are in great numbers, and that’s about as far as they go.
Last month I decided to change that.
My twins turned 7 on a beautiful summer day, so I took them out to a grassy field with some balloons from their party, and started snapping away. The sun was a little harsh, the wind a little strong and there’s also two of them running about; so it was a bit of experimenting in order to get some good shots.
In between taking photos of just the twins, my oldest kept our dog Charlie occupied, they also ran in the wide open space, stopping to pick random flowers now and then. The city around us and our plans that day were busy; yet at this time it was just us, green summer grass, balloons, and laughter in the sunshine.
When I look upon this photo I’m reminded of their 7th birthday and also to slow life down no matter the chaos in the background. Parties, friends, gift bags, and all that noise can and should be paused to find peace on a grassy hill – if only for a short while.
I haven’t decided if these frames need to be hung in the living room or my office. I kinda feel like that reminder to pause now and then should be in my office …
In which room of your house do you need the reminder to pause chaos?
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.