every once in a while it seems i am able to capture the essence of my kids in a photograph. more often then not, my most favorite pics are those that were never planned. now, my dad would say that a photograph is made not taken. but, his perspective is that of a professional - which is NOT me. i understand that in order to get the perfect photo many things must be in order like, lighting, positioning, good behavior, blah, blah, blah, however, so often i find i become more concerned with the making of the picture than the true beauty of it and the photograph is never what i thought it would be.
this is a picture i took this last may while we were vacationing in florida. we were waiting at the dinner table for our food and just goofing around - nothing planned about this photo! the moment i saw it i knew it would serve me well. ohhhh, that sounds horrible (i've already used the photo for 2 package inserts). the beauty in it for me isn't that my lilly jane is goregeous (which she is!) it's that it captures her true smile. i like to call it her "inside out" smile because it seems at times that it will over take her face - now that wouldn't typically be a good thing i suppose. oh well.
i framed the photo with our 8x8 chipper frame and used ranger distress ink to add the splashes of color.
i am so thankful for moments that remind me to sit back, relax and enjoy!