Project 26 | Post 5 | Me and Mine

I suppose I should just lay it all out:  I wasn't feeling it this time.  Time for another "Me & Mine" in my project 26.  (Remember that this is a circle team project, so look for the link to the next photographer at the bottom of the post!)  As today was drawing near, inspiration wasn't hitting me.  We've been busy, then Little Buddy came down with a mysterious stomach bug and cruddy cold/cough.  He has been home from pre-K all week.

Before having children, I had dreams that my little lovelies would pretend to be Emeril at their little play kitchen.  They would know their spices.  They would know the cooking techniques.  They would garnish their little play concoctions.  It would be awesome.  A good friend of mine had a daughter who would yelled BAM! before she was two while she cooked in her kitchen, and would smash garlic on her pretend cutting board.  Since I'm of the cooking persuasion, I just knew this would be my children, too.

Of course, this has not been my reality.

They play with the play kitchen, some... but not much.  They have no attention span for Food Network shows.  They will put a food item on a plate, but there is no culinary creativity going on.  Huge disappointment for me over the years.   Until....

Tuesday.  Tuesday morning they wanted to play with the kitchen and serve me their dishes.  It was just awesome.  They had a blast and my heart was so happy.  A little while later I realized that would be my Me & Mine for this go round.  So I waited until the afternoon when the sun is just so and light enters the playroom.  I set up the table and the stools.  I setup the tripod and found the composition I wanted.  Grabbed the remote.  And I made my mistake.  I asked them to play it again.  I should know better.  Truly, truly, I know better.

My children don't do pre-arranged things.  They walk to the beat of their own drums and they most certainly, adamantly, vehemently protest when I try to orchestrate around that, especially for photos.  So they were pretty much "over" playing chef/kitchen/waiter for the images.  Bummer.  I hope to redo these one day when they are actually into it.

Kingsport Tn Lifestyle Images, Me & Mine

Little Buddy started out 'posing' with his ridiculous faces.  I had to ask him to stop.   : )

Kingsport Tn Lifestyle Images, Me & Mine


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Please go through our circle to see my other photography friend's Self Portraits with their loved ones.  Lora Swinson, Shawnee OK Photographer, is next!


I shot these with my D90 Sigma 30mm f1.4

15 comments:

  1. Oh these are sweet. :) I hear you-I have all this fake food and want to knit and crochet some, but they do not play like that. Bummer!

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  2. you really should know better!! hahaha.. but we all get it. Not being of the cooking persuasion I was all for their aversion to the culinary fantasies you held for them lol... I feel let down now haha.. KIDDING. I think these are pretty darn fabulous actually,they aren't what you had in your mind, but they are real, and one day.. that will be your fondest captures, Im pickin'! xoxox

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  3. I love all the series of images! You totally rock bright colors, I love looking at your pictures!

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  4. Carey - OMG! I laughed out loud when I read your "my children don't do pre arranged things" Neither do mine which is why I surprised attacked them on the way to church for this week's post. But isn't it funny/frustrating how the best laid plans never work. Ever. I really love your images here because YOU are playing with them and then one of your son hugging you.....that's a funeral picture for sure. I can feel that you are happy in that moment. Love it. Also, it shows what really cool pajamas you let them wear. You rock!

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  5. really? your kids didn't want to do what YOU wanted to do when you wanted to take some pics? Hmm, my kids aren't like that AT ALL!!! JK. They always have their own agendas don't they!? But still, you've captured memories here!

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  6. jammies and fun...it doesn't get better than that.

    love this carey.

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  7. Wow, these are all so beautiful. You've gotten some serious awesome light going on in that room. Not to mention, you and yours are absolute cuties. I love the different expressions from your son!

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  8. Your kids are adorable.. face making and all! Love seeing photo's with you in them.. you are radient! :)
    The cooking gene will set in.. my son and daughter love cooking now. It took awhile.. but they are pretty good. And we do here the occasional BAM!

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  9. Even though you write they don't do pre-arranged it sure looks like you guys are having a great time! I love images like these that show the every day things we do because I think down the road they will be such treasured memories! What a wonderful capture for Me & Mine this month! <3

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  10. i always love reading your posts! so much truth in what you say. I'm also so familiar with the 'my child doesn't do pre arranged things'. it does look like you still had so much fun!! this is lovely!!

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  11. Oh, I love these anyway! Love reading your writing! They sure look like they are enjoying themselves. Isn't it funny when we try to set up a photo shoot "just so"...how we see it in our head...and it doesn't turn out how we pictured it?

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  12. i love how you put them all together. it even looks like they had fun! tfs, so cute.

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  13. I love your posts! Pre-arranged is never an option here either and I, too, was feeling the same way about this week as well!

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  14. Oh so fun! And yeah children of photographers are never impressed and would rather take control for themselves.

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  15. Love this! story sounds so familiar! and love you took the shots and used them anyway!

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