Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sunday Stills- Black & White With A Twist

This weeks theme at Sunday Stills was to look back at past topics, choose two, then convert the pictures to black and white. This was a great challenge for me because there were SO many possibilities. Here are a couple pictures I thought were priceless. Neither are my children, just one of the dogs belongs to us. Regardless these two girls are my friends kids (2 different ones) and they are both VERY photogenic. For themes I choose: action (above), portraits? (below), and pets for the last one.
This little girl is a spit fire! She played in the hose then made mud angels in the garden. My mother would have flipped had she been here. Our parenting styles are VERY different. A chilly day last week the kids asked to go in the pool and I said "go for it." My mother scowled at me and said "what?". I said, "they won't be in long, watch." Within seconds there stood two dripping, happy, popsicles.
I learned early on that it is best to pick and choose your battles.
Are they going to get hurt? No, then GO FOR IT!
Don't you love that look on her face? I often warn friends to send there kids over in play clothes because they are sure to get dirty. They NEVER let me down! This was a warm sunny day and she and Leah went upstairs in search for bathing suits. Down they came dressed in gymnastic leotards. A while later I realized she had put it on upside down. We all had a good laugh and then they headed up to change for the zillionth time.

My brother's Chesapeake Bay Retriever playing tug-of-war with our little boxer.
On a final thought, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all!

34 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Great choice for pictures! Cute kids and dogs.

~Lisa

WhimsybyMari said...

Love the water picture and the children are beautiful.

Stone Bridge Farm said...

Too cute! I was trying to figure out that outfit..upside down!!I love it! Beautiful pics! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Ed said...

Great shots, Welcome to the Challenge...:-)

Steffie said...

Great series. I particularly love the third picture. That look on the girls face is priceless!

SighMan said...

lol @ third photo too, her face! She's thinking "I'm gonna hug you and make you dirty for laughing at my upside-down leotard". Brilliant shot

moresecretwhispers said...

haha cute dogs, that's a perfect shot
you take lovely portraits :)

CTG Ponies said...

That little girl is adorable! Great pics.

Carroll Baker said...

Great photo of the girl and water! The mud looks like fun too!

Don said...

your outlook on raising kids is right on! it helps them learn to be in charge of making their own choices.

Excellent photos

threecollie said...

Great shots! Such energy and joy.
Happy Mother's Day!

The Wife said...

She looks like a little spitfire! Love the water pic. Awesome job!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That first shot is great!!!

dibear said...

Great shots. The dogs are too cute! Sweet girls as well.

Lynnie said...

You are an excellent photographer! I think one of the best gifts you can give a parent is a picture of their kids that they didn't have to take themselves!

Your parenting style sounds a lot like mine! Recently my husband asked Mayla to go put on something that could get dirty if she wanted to help him in the freshly tilled garden. She came down in her underwear! "I want to really feel the dirt!" was her explanation. Sounds fine to me!

WildBlack said...

Lovely shots! :D Great Work!

Sherri said...

Great pics. Love them all.

jenn said...

Mud angels! Genius! I, too, think that childhood should be about being able to get dirty. My kids spent the whole day in the creek yesterday and were filthy (and happy) head-to-toe.

coastrat said...

Great images, Kim!

Patches said...

Very nicely done!

Andrea said...

Great shots! Love the one of the dogs...who woulda thought!? ;)

VioletSky said...

Cute kids and dog. Love the look on her face!! But the fist one is my favourite.

WV was: shindig
those kids were having their own shindig by the looks of it.

VioletSky said...

that would be "first" one. no fists involved.

flowerweaver said...

The girls are definitely photogenic! I like the tension the dogs create with their tug of war!

theegggather said...

I love your pics and also love to see kids play and get dirty. Looks like lots of fun! Great job.

Quinn said...

Dirty little leggs - too cute!

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a wonderful expression on the little girl splattered with mud..she has a bit of an "Yes, I dare" look on her face! Great water shot too! Good job! :)

Sue M. said...

I love your blog! I happened upon it some time ago and have followed it since then.

I'm still laughing at the pics you posted. Great job!

Kelly said...

Cute photos!

farm mom said...

Oh girl, I'm with you on the "Go for it" parenting style!! :) Wonderful pics!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Great photos! I love the water hose! How adorable! thats the kind of photo you'd find in a magazine

Robbyn said...

Oh I love the pics, especially the kids-in-mud ones! I'm totally with you on different parenting styles than my own parents ...I have a picture of my girl when she was five or so, filthy in dirt from head to toe, holding a stick and yelling "wooooo!!!!!!"...which was often her pose. And yes on the playclothes, which I asked that parents send over with their kids because the first place they headed was to the flowerbed to dig holes, fill them with water, and it went on from there. Hey, it's called childhood! :)
Happy mom's day to you!

Robbyn

Patrice Farmer said...

Gotta love cute kids in black and white. And love the pics of the doggies playing!!!

Country Girl said...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL FEEDBACK.
THIS WAS A GREAT CHALLENGE TO DO!