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Monday
Apr252011

Worth The Extra Effort

If you dig through my archives, you'll find photo after photo after photo showing Alexis not quite looking at the camera. She was born instinctively knowing to close her eyes just as the shutter released.

Or to look just a little to her left when I clicked the button.

Or to hide behind whatever she had available.

It was her mission to ruin as many photos as possible. Truly, she found joy in evading the camera, which was highly convenient for those of us who are considering having a camera surgically attached to their forehead. Ahem.

But, somewhere along the way she started to figure out that it was kind of fun to see photos of herself. It was even more fun if some of those photos were silly or goofy or crazy.

Her favorites are the ones where it's obvious that she was laughing so hard that she has tears in her eyes.

In between all the silly and goofy and crazy, every once in a while I'll manage to capture The Real Alexis. The good-natured, silly,larger-than-life creature who can make me laugh just by looking at me funny.

And it is those photos in which I get lost.

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Reader Comments (10)

Love.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDina

My niece is 18 months old, and already I think I have taught her what a camera is. I absolutely love snapping photos of her in all of her innocence.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

We had a doc appt yesterday for the girls. Little One (23 months old) had to have her photo taken for their files (I don't know why). They got out the camera and she IMMEDIATELY put on her cheesiest grin and said "CHEEZ!" LOL! Youngest Boy STILL closes his eyes every.single.time though, so I feel your pain...

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mommy

It's so true :) I love the REAL pictures where I can really see them. For me, it's rarely when they are posing and smiling but an elusive moment that somehow I catch accidentally while trying to orchestrate something all together different!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Juniper

She laughs until she cries? That is awesome!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

that fourth photo melted my heart

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

I have two of those larger-than-life girlies myself, so I KNOW how hard it is to capture them (in words or on film). And what a sense of joy when you manage it!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA

Aren't those the best? When you capture them JUST AS THEY ARE.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkyfirewife

Awwww! So lovely. Awesome.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl_Pal

The smile on her face in the second to last one is a true winner! Oh my she's gotten so big... *sigh*

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
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