I’ve been having a lot of fun trying to photograph my nieces and nephews this past Summer. With the kids being out of school there’s just more opportunity to see them running around and being kids. It’s been especially fun to watch my niece Zoey this Summer. She’s at that age when her vocabulary is becoming more robust and funny and her annunciation is at the point where I can understand a lot of what she’s saying. Well, it’s at least fun for me since I don’t have to do any of the 24/7 parenting stuff. He he. So when I was hanging out with her and my brother in their backyard I, of course, had my camera at the ready to photograph any moment that may have presented itself while she was running around. And lucky for me, she always creates a nice little moment that’s interesting enough to try and shoot. While my brother was refilling her bubble machine with more bubble solution, Zoey just began walking up and down along the backyard fence. Not because of impatience, but because she kept finding things that interested her. Sticks, pebbles, leaves, whatever it was that was back there, she just gravitated towards it automatically. I had crouched down and leaned against the wall of their house waiting for a nice moment to photograph, and when the bubble machine was turned back on and some bubbles just started to float around in the air, she started walking towards where the wind was taking them. The bubbles started out small so she simply walked gently towards them. I really liked how she was walking so I took this shot.
To me the way she was walking just looked so innocent and happy so I’m really glad that I grabbed this shot of my niece. Everything she does and experiences, even if it’s just in her backyard, is so fascinating and new to her. She has fun at it’s purest form and it’s something that I’ve enjoyed getting to watch whenever I’m over there. It kind of takes me back to my own youth, when the best thing that could happen in my day was getting to eat an ice cream cone or if my folks bought me a brand new G.I. Joe figure. Not that I wish I had those days again because quite frankly I’m glad that I am where I am now. But how could memories of childhood not make the average person smile? I suppose this is why I have fun watching young kids running around the park or at toy stores or even at the local McDonald’s. They’re at a fun age so I just hope that those kids are having fun doing what they’re doing. They can do the more serious thinking later on in their teenage years. He he.