13 LUCKY Days | Day 7: GIRL RIDES UNICORN

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 7: GIRL RIDES UNICORN

Just to mix it up here on day 7 of my project,  I decided to choose from one of three prompts: girl levitates, girl meets bear, and girl rides unicorn. To be honest, I was routing for "girl meets bear." I feel like there is so much emotional weight to juxtaposing an innocent-looking girl with a big, burly bear. Upon searching the Interwebs, though, I found that the only bear suits available were mascot-like, corny, and not the realistic grizzly I was envisioning. I have a series of these girl and bear pics in my head, in fact, but, sadly, the only realistic bear suit I could find is $6,500 a day to rent! Um, no.

And so, here it is: girl rides unicorn! And it's not necessarily a magical outcome: no styled outfits, no live horse with a paper maché horn attached to its head, no feats of Photoshop. Just the way I like it: a real situation, a real kid having fun.

13 LUCKY DAYS | DAY 6: CONVERTIBLE HAIR

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 6: CONVERTIBLE HAIR

Just pulled up from work, girls were shrieking, "Daddy!" with bare feet and wide eyes. Our day definitely gets better when he comes home.

13 Lucky Days | Day 5: Still Eating Peeps

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 5: Still Eating Peeps

Yesterday was Easter--need I say more?

13 Lucky Days | Day 4: Never Knew a Baby

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 4: Never Knew a Baby

You stick your whole face in the water if will fill the tub high enough, first blowing bubbles, then just holding still long enough to make me cringe. I hold my breath with you, too, and now fill the tub with less water. Now you have to turn your head, and only your cheek can get wet. Never know a baby who would do something like this, never knew a baby like you.

13 Lucky Days | Day 3: Tantrum

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 3: TANTRUM

The sign said "No Swimming." At 19 months, you were able to read the sign, discern its meaning, and apply it to your person. Of course you didn't want to go swimming! You have a need to please authority, and are able to grasp the concept of delayed gratification. We'd play in the baby pool when we got home, no biggie, you cold wait patiently while I snapped a few photos of you and your sister frolicking peacefully. 

Oh boy. This kid had the biggest tantrum we've seen so far. Lasted about 60 minutes and onward at home. Humph. Snapped for about 2 minutes. Mama said there'd be days like this is all I can say. 

Photo #1 is a missed focus because I was trying to keep her from catapulting herself into the water. #2 looks like she's examining rocks for fun, but she's really heaving hard and screeching the screech of a scorned eagle that echoed through the hillside and sent the fish darting scared.


13 Lucky Days | Day 2: We Found a Feather

ABOUT 13 LUCKY DAYS

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 2: We Found a Feather

We went on a walk today and found a feather. India said it was a hawk's feather, but I know better. We live 2 blocks from the Little Miami River in a close-knit village the neighbors are always comparing to Mayberry (admittedly, I think of it like this in my mind), and the river attracts vultures. Needless to say, we washed up after touching the feather, which seemed to carry more than a bit of magic for 4-year old India. 

13 Lucky Days | Day 1: Donuts

About 13 Lucky Days

I'll take 13 photographs (or maybe a handful more) each day for 13 days and share them here. For me, shooting is about being present and passionate and grateful of even the smallest of details: a quirky pouted lip, the sweetest flyaway caught in someone's lipgloss. I'll also share a few words about each photo, a little story. And so, on to shooting for 13 days, on to sharing, on to feeling more present and thankful. These are lucky days indeed.

I'm glad you're here, and I hope you'll come back and see tomorrow's post...

DAY 1: DONUTS

These kids were gloating when we arrived at Ms. Cheri's donuts, just a short drive from our house. Ms. Cheri's husband, who runs the checkout for most of the day because his wife Cheri is probably sleeping after making such lovely pastries, is super sweet and talkative. This was not missed by India Jane, who is everyone's best friend and will talk until. Until, people, until. Baby Faye was making excited, "Num, num!" sounds the whole time we were there, standing and swaying slightly by the donut case, all those donuts lined up perfect, colorful, almost animated. We ate in the shop, which is only about 12 feet by 12 feet, pictures of kids eating donuts taped to almost every inch of every wall (yes, India's homing in on her own picture up there). If the most amazing donuts can't lure children to this place, then the possibility of locating their picture on the wall will stir up enough narcissism to seal the deal. I want to eat sugar! I want to be famous, too!

I broke a small piece of donut off for baby Faye, who just held it and stared the whole time. I have no idea why she didn't just eat it up, but on the car ride home, India filled me in that she bit the icing off the top and threw the rest on the upholstery. Donuts, a lucky start to this project.