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“and dats daddy…and dats mommy….and dats MEEEE!!!”

That was Lady H pointing out people in the pictures that are hanging on our wall. It’s one of the things that we love to see her do because we think it’s important. A couple of things are happening here:

  • She is able recognize people in pictures in different scenarios. Supposedly, that a development marker or sumfin…
  • She can also recognize the younger versions of the people that she knows. She can pick out Lady C when she was a toddler and Hayden when he was a young man (… and yes, he was once a young man!).
  • She sees her family represented visually all the time.

Hayden is a photographer so that last one is the most important reason that he encourages people to take family photos. Well that, and we need to keep the lights on! (Shameless plug: make sure you come to his Annual Pop Up Gallery Show on November 22nd) But indulge us for a few:

You may have heard the statistic that 90% of all photos ever taken from the invention of the camera until now, have been taken in the last 3-5 years. That’s staggering! It’s a direct result of the advent of digital photography and the fact that everyone has a camera in their pocket these days. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is a topic for another day but it does raise an issue: where do all those photos end up?

Printing pictures has become as archaic as typing a letter on a typewriter. Instead of hanging a picture on a wall, most people opt to posting it on their Facebook wall. Instead of sending grandma and grandpa a picture of the newborn family member in the mail, people opt to emailing them a link to the pic on their Instagram page. When someone asks to see a picture of your kids, instead of pulling out your wallet with a bunch of wallet sized photos, most people pull out their phones and scroll through their gallery. It’s just innovation changing the way we view photos…right?

Well think about this for a moment: in this new digital age, where do young children see their family represented? They don’t have continued access to phones, laptops, and tablets. They only see these pictures when someone chooses to show it to them or if they ask to view it. I think that it’s important that they see their unit (whatever it looks like: traditional, nuclear, extended, blended, non-traditional, etc) all the time. It tells them that they belong to something and that there are people that love them. Also, it reminds them that their actions affect a larger group than just themselves. Both these things are hugely important to us. But Hayden is an old soul (housed in an old body) so we may just be behind the times!!

How do you display your photographs? Do you hire a photographer to take professional ones? How do you share your pictures?

Hey Mister! What do YOU do?

So we are country of hustlers. Everyone has a side job, or a cottage industry on Etsy.com, or some sort of freelance project these days. Born out the bad economy, people became creative when it came to making ends meet. I even published a book about NYC hustlers called “Hustle City“…shameless plug…buy it on Amazon….

I am no different though. I have been a college administrator for 20 years now (I know I don’t look that old…right!…right?!?!). I have an established career with respect from my peers.

But that’s not all folks!

I have also established myself as a pretty good photographer, if i do say so myself. I have a healthy clientele and I have published two books while currently working on two more (PS see me if you like to wear bow ties).

So where am I going with all of this?

Today I participated in career fair in my fraternity Brother’s school. Streams of students mulled by my table and asked the same question:

“Hey Mister! What do YOU do?”

And then I had to stop and think: what is going to be interesting to these 4th and 5th graders? Then again, maybe I should be telling them about the career that will inspire them…well which one is that? LOL Lord knows I dare not try to explain having two careers to them! I could see their little eyes start to glaze over at THAT prospect!

Well I chose to tell them about being a photographer and all that went into it. They seemed very interested in the pictures that I showed them and how I created the images. They wanted to know if I took pictures of famous people so I mentioned Chris Brown and Mariah Carey. I lost them, though, when I talked about New Edition and Uncle Charlie!!

I started to wonder: what does Lady C think her daddy does? She knows I’m a photographer and she knows which college I work for, but what does she think I DO there? If asked, which job would she choose?

What do your kids think you do?
You should ask them and
tell me what happens?
I’d love to hear the responses!

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Light Painting: Cold Weather Fun

I am not a fan of cold weather.

If left to my own devices I would get home, get into some sweats, and binge watch Sports Center. But I don’t have a choice in the matter do I? Why not, you ask? Because we live with…
Miniature Humans!!!

Kids do not care about the weather. They want to go outside.

Can’t go outside? Fine! What fun thing can we do INSIDE, daddy!?!

Welp, since I’M not going outside, the challenge is always to find interesting things to do inside.

Let me clarify: Interesting to both of us! If either of us becomes bored with the activity, it’s a wrap!

So I have a Pinterest board of cool stuff to do with a 5 year old but then it dawned on me; why not use what I am passionate about.

Photography!!

So far we have done stuff like a photo shoot with her Barbies and practicing taking portraits. This time I wanted to try something different and her light up toy from Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular gave me a great idea: Light Painting. It was perfect since the sun goes down at like 4pm these days!!
(How rude! Come on, Mr. Sun! Put a full day’s work, why dontcha!)

Here’s how it works:

  • First you need a camera….duh. (You can do this with both digital  and film but for younger kids, you might want to use a digital camera so you can show the results right away.)
  • But you need one where you you can control the shutter speed OR the ability to leave the shutter open for as long as you press the button.
  • You will also need a light source. A small flashlight will do but spinning lights and sparklers are great once you get the hang of it.
  • Next, you need a room that you can make completely dark. Any random light will comprise your image.
  • The next step is to set the camera up on a steady base. A tripod is best but a table or tall chair will work just fine.
  • It helps to be wearing dark clothes but it’s not necessary.

Now you’re ready to paint!

Step 1 – click the shutter

Step 2 – move into position and turn on or ignite your light source

Step 3 – start making shapes like you’re drawing figures in the air.  Any shape will do and you can start and stop lines by turning the light off.

Step 4 – close the shutter or wait for the time to elapse.

Step 5 – enjoy your work!!

Here is what we did in about 10 minutes:

First I tried to make an “H” in a circle but I was to high…IMG_6076

Then I went for Lotus Flower type design!IMG_6077

The Lady C tried her hand at it…
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Lastly I made a house with chimney smoke!IMG_6079

Like I said. It took 10 minutes but it was a ton of fun that we can do again easily.

What indoor activities do you love the most?

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