October 14, 2014

Here and there...

As I shared recently, I have a new writing gig at Mom.me! If you haven't had a chance yet, please stop by and check out my posts there:

I also have a new post up at Purple Clover about the profound experience of being by my father's side as he died.

SB and I are working on a fun project together at the moment.  She has recently shown a budding interest in photography, just like her mama. The National Geographic Your Shot community, which I am a part of, currently has an assignment for parents and children to participate in together! The World Next Door is about exploring and photographing your community alongside your child.

We can each submit three shots. The rules are they should be of the same subject, that we should be photographing the world around us together. We already had two photos I thought would be a perfect fit, so I submitted them as soon as I saw the assignment. They were taken at our local zoo.

SB has loved receiving feedback from the members of the Your Shot community, and has been quite competitive, keeping tabs of which photo has more likes.

I felt these shots met the guidelines, but a recent update from the editor stated he does not want images of animals, and that the adult's photographs should not include their children. I actually offered a little bit of push back on that and am waiting to hear back. It's possible our photos will not be considered for inclusion in the story.

In the meantime, SB and I planned a photo shoot together this week. She took the guidelines and rules very literally, as young kids do, and wanted to go down the street to her best friend's house. There we each shot portraits of her friend, who chose to model her Halloween costume.  Here are the shots we captured:

We have one more submission we are allowed to make to the assignment and are currently discussing what we want to photograph. Whether any of our images end up being featured in the story is irrelevant. It has really been great to be able to explore together and work on developing our shared interest!

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