You can do a lot with an average cardboard box. But, WONDROUS moments can come from a GIGANTIC cardboard box.
This is the message I get from my brother..."I brought home a couple of dishwasher boxes." Even at 40-something, I know what this means!
Although they are pushing their way to pre-teen status, when my younger girls get with their youngest cousin...they fall right into precious imaginative play. These cardboard boxes were glorious...despite the 95 degree heat in the garage. Still magical.
Oblivious to me, I just spent my time hovering in and out and around their afternoon while they played with this cardboard "fort" and eventually made their way out to the sidewalk where chalk filled out their canvas. I sat on the ground with my camera and just watched the moments unfold.
Spying some favorite stuffed friends lying among the chalk, I went for my favorite vantage point (nice and low) to start capturing the afternoon's moments.
Best part...hardly a face to be seen. But not necessary to tell the story.
Living here in South Florida puts me in prime real estate for taking underwater pictures. I just can't justify the $$$ for the housing at this point. So when I realized my own daughter actually owned an underwater point and shoot...I said, "Hey, can I borrow that for about a month...or so?"
I've yearned for trying my hand with images in the pool and the ocean. The girls love going over to the city pool to swim laps and play in the zero entry. This was my chance! And I learned a few things in the process.
It was actually quite comical at first. Tip #1: I don't recommend a dive mask...use goggles, then you don't have to deal with the fogging of your mask. I gave up and tossed the mask.
As humans, we are not MEANT to sink to the bottom...we float. Tip #2: Dive weights would have been helpful for both me and the girls. BUT, I managed to work around that once I quickly figured out the optimal range when I held the camera out from me underwater AND that the girls were doing some VERY cool things just looking down in the pool.
You grew up in South Florida dummy...put sunscreen on yourself. Tip #3: Don't be so concerned with your kids' sun protection that you forget to take care of yourself.
And finally... Tip #4: Just go shoot! I had this idea in my head of what I wanted to accomplish. NOT a single image is even close to what I sought out to shoot that day. I may get to shoot that image in my head someday, but just shooting and getting input from the girls themselves was 10X cooler.