"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Friday, December 28, 2007

Makes a Momma proud...

So Gabriel's been after me to let him have a go with my new camera and though I have concerns about my 4 figure piece of equipment, (a.k.a my lifeline to the world, a.k.a. my pride and joy- you get the picture) in the hands of a one figure kid, I figured that's what I bought the extra coverage for, right?! :S
With barely one ear listening to my instructions on how to hold it, push the shutter down halfway to focus, yada yada... off he went clicking away...

Shot # 1 - A smiling and centered Caden. How's that?!?
Shot # 2 - The Christmas tree at a distance. (Somebody shoulda listened to me about focusing after all!)
Shot # 3 - A pensive PaPa.
Shot # 4 - Proud Mama with a Bome. Do I detect a slight camera tilt here? (Or maybe my chair is just about to tip over.)

Now he's got the fever!

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