Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Overlooked #1

Favoritemug



Got the camera out this morning. So much to learn. I'm going to try to do the Overlooked  challenge, which offers a prompt each month to photograph a specific everyday item. Your Favorite Mug is the current challenge, and this is mine. A gift from Erin many years ago. I'm not a Starbucks fan, or even a coffee fan, but when I have tea or cocoa, this is the mug I reach for.



Love that it is big enough for me to not spill as I carry it to the table:-) Love that it reminds me of our old hometown. Brian gave me a similar sized one that says Utah, which comes in a close second, with third place being another Erin gift: a Greta Garbo one that says "I want to be alone." I just wish I could add the footnote "for just five minutes" to it, because I don't really want to be alone. Just want to finish at least one cup of tea while it is still hot at some point.



I love the idea of noticing the little, everyday things in our life more, but I also prefer people in my photos. So I turned my camera on an innocent boy who was eating breakfast next to me. As soon as he saw the camera, he turned into Buzz Lightyear:Morning015



Note to self: next time, move the sippy cup.



I couldn't get him to stop making serious Space Ranger faces and smile,Morning016



until I remembered a tip (can't remember from where though, maybe Lisa Russo) to get a natural smile (instead of the fake "cheese" smile) from a child by telling them to NOT smile.



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He's such an obedient boy, he tried really hard then to not smile.



Seanfightingsmiling



Dude, come on. Stop smiling. Seriously now. Oh no, I see what's coming...



Seanhilarious



Yes, the uncontrollable, throw-your-head-back-and-laugh fit!



Seansmiling



Here's to never saying, "Cheese!" again.






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