Last year, I took my 13-year-old niece downtown to UofL’s campus, armed with my old dSLR – she loves taking pictures so I figured there was no better way for her to experiment than with a camera that would teach her more. While we were there, I took some portraits of her just for practice – and for fun. Well, apparently the whole idea was enough “fun” because she asked me if we could do it again this year.
So while my 14-year-old niece – who is somehow taller and prettier in a year’s time – was visiting my parents, we took to a walk with our cameras on Memorial Day. Emily wanted to explore more with nature, so we ended up at Cherokee Park. In hindsight, it wasn’t the best location for us; not enough color for Emily (the girl loves flowers) and way too much green-cast for me (yellow skin – GAH!). But we still got in a couple of miles of walking, looked up, looked down, tried different depths of field and dipped in and out of the sun… lots of stopping, walking through framing, rules of thirds, understanding light…
Since this photo-walk was play time for me, I really wanted to capture light in different ways. And of course snap some new photos of my pretty little niece who starts high school next year. (This aunt feels SO OLD RIGHT NOW.) And I am pleased with what I brought home. As for Emily, she had a few that I was really proud of (and couldn’t help but share on Facebook), but I hope overall she had a great time and keeps practicing.
Here’s a small sample of my photos – and that niece of mine that grows like a weed.
I love my niecey-poo to bits. And bits and bits and bits. Emily – xoxo.