I have been holding back.....squashing creativity......keeping greatness from the world....and all for a VERY selfish reason. Yes.....Yes, it's true. I have been selfish....only thinking of myself, and it is high time that I fess up.
There is a certain someone named Sugar Bear, who has followed me around from time to time with her VERY fake camera taking photo after photo in true "mama's girl" fashion. She has studied my technique, and perfected my stance. She notices fabulous photo opportunities, and points them out to me often. She has hauled my tripod around the house "pretending" to take endless portraits of everything she sees. There is a seriousness to her play.
Around Christmas, I toyed with the idea of getting her one of those Fisher Price indestructible digital cameras, but my cheapitus acted up, and I came up with at least 356 reasons NOT to buy it. It is spendy....it takes low quality photos...etc. However, the most compelling reason holding me back from giving my daughter something that would make her heart sing.......is my own desire to have photos of HER.....not photos of her taking photos of ME. I had great fear that as soon as my precious girl got a hold of a camera, I would no longer have the opportunity to take photos of her doing countless cute things, as she would immediately want to be just like me, and go running for her own camera. Sigh.....can you imagine the HORROR?
Recently, not ONE, but TWO of my favorite bloggers put a digital camera in the hand of their preschoolers, and posted the results. Being the "over thinker" that I am, I took this as a sign. I should release my fear, and just do it already. So, this week I took the plunge and handed my old 4 Mega Pixel Fugi Finepix A340 over to Miss Sugar Bear. She was ECSTATIC, to say the least. There was a small learning curve, but she is getting it. Her biggest challenge is remembering to hold it steady and wait for the REAL flash to go off. She is often fooled by the red-eye mini flash.
I am honored to share with you, in her blogging debut, Sugar Bear Snaps!!! These are just a few of her fabulous photos. I really think she has an eye for it, don't you?
"My Dog's Bottom"
"My New Bunny" (don't ask....mama doesn't want to talk about it)
This is me taking a picture of our truck.
"Heavenly Hanging Basket"
"Twisted" (to see mama's version go here)
"An Extension of Green"
"Mama In The Window"
"Rocks, sand, and Plastic Goodies"
"Fuzzy Blue Mama"
Stay tuned for MORE to come. I have a feeling....I've started something. LIFE IS GOOD!