This was the prompt for our Self Portrait Sunday event a few weeks ago. It took me awhile of just simmering with the theme to come up with an idea. I usually do this if there’s a prompt driving my work, rather than an internal expressive need to create something specific – I think about it a little in loose terms and then wait. Eventually, something will come that *is* an internal expression… and if it doesn’t, well, the prompt wasn’t my bag, baby. 😉
Once I realized what I wanted to do, the rest of it fell into place, including the setting, details (clothing) and the words I wanted to accompany the image.
It’s good to have a strong foundation, a balanced support system, and complimentary characteristics.
My guys were good sports and very patient as I developed the idea, and we tried a few variations of the pose I wanted until we found the perfect one.
In the end, there were a handful of silly outtakes that show how much fun we had. I am very pleased with the end product – but for us, the process was just as rewarding. <3
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The last bit of summer vacation is pressing in on us, and it has largely become this: the frantic run from pool to platform on repeat, a near maddening loop of frenzied obsession, the intense need to squeeze in as much flight, falling, plunge and ascension as possible before the school bell once more rings.
He is reborn over and over again in an unrealized effort to slow the sinking of the sun.
It is both beautiful and somehow tragic in its simple impossibility; it is all at once the sweetness of youth and his slipping grasp on it. My heart swells and tightens as I watch him hurry to soar and float once more.
I feel him breathing life inexplicably into me as he powers through his, and I realize that I love the bittersweet pulse of this life.
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The best things in life are silly.
As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
One of the highlights of Braden’s birthday yesterday was our visit to iFly Austin – an indoor skydiving experience. I was pretty sure Braden would really dig the ability to float on air in a wind tunnel, and, well… I think I was right. Here’s a photo we got from the built-in camera at iFly.
Seriously, if there’s one of these places near you, I 100% recommend you go. Take your kids, your friends, yourself. The entire staff was awesome – friendly, helpful, good natured, and highly skilled. Seriously, they put on a great show at the end of each class – the instructors/trainers did some crazy mind-blowing stunts inside that tunnel. It’s amazing to watch.
Thanks so much to Josh, Braden’s instructor. He was wonderful with Braden, and kind enough to offer to take this photo of all us together with my camera before Braden’s flight.
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