Excitement in the Mundane

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous” – Bill Moyers

As I write this, my guy has upended his box of cars all over the floor {…for the hundredth time} and has decided he wants to cook and is looking through the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.   All while still at the wee age of two and a half.  So today I have decided to dig deep and give you a few thoughts on the way I take photos and how I think up new ways to take them.

Sometimes as a Mom and Photographer, commonly known as the Momtog,  I struggle with what kind of photos to take and which ones to keep.  Although most want photos of their children’s faces, I can handle some of their backs and feet so that when I look back, I can remember how little those feet and hands were.

So I encourage you to take a moment and take the photo as is and appreciate kids being kids…let them play and talk to their toy cars as if they were equals.  You don’t have to go somewhere to take photos {although that random field of yellow flowers does seem nice!}, take that photo while at home or out and about.  Surprise them and and peek out and that sudden grin will be all  you need for that moment.  And even if you don’t have kids, take a moment and take a breath…for truly capturing that moment, because sometimes, it’ll only happen once.  Here are some examples of my personal “mundane moments”.

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{this was taken as is without his face as I wanted to show his hands playing with his car and I liked the contrast between the bench and the dock wall behind him}

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{this was taken at the happiest place on Earth, and surprisingly there was no one in front of us…he turned around to make sure that I was still behind him :)}

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{fresh in the morning and found him playing with his cars}

So there you have it.  No posing and no secrets.  Just let it be.  Every moment deserves to be captured, even if they seem mundane.

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Toddler Tip – Yogurt with a Straw!

Let’s start this off again with me saying I’m sorry for not posting at least once last week!  My bad…it’s just been a bit busy.  But I’m glad to say that I’ve got lots of stuff for the coming weeks. There’s been so much going on, the OC Fair, park visits, and yes…my little Viking turned 2!  Wowzers…where has the time gone!

Back to the post at hand…now where did I see this at?!  I don’t remember but all I know is a lightbulb dinged in my head and I was like…wow that is AMAZING {hence…all caps!) and I’m going to share it with everyone I know!

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I mean…who really is looking forward to the mess your little ones make with yogurt and a spoon?  And then…ba boom!  Why didn’t I just stick a straw in there and let them the sip the yogurt out?  The heavens opened up and looked down at me generously that day!  This works for all young ages, not just toddlers.  I use it for my 6-year old niece as well and it works like a dream.  They can even hold the container with their little hands!  Easy-peasy.

The ones with the metallic lids work best because you can easily poke the straw through.  The one in my photo is from Costco and those work best if you have a reusable straw because it’s a bit sturdier to poke with…or you can poke with a fork.  I also prefer Yoplait because it is a but runnier than the other yogurts and sips through the straw easier.  Feel free to comment if you know of other yogurts that are runny and yummy for the kiddos.

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Have a great weekend and remember my toddler tip for the day!  Look forward to other toddler tips on Mondays to start your week off.

Note: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.