“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
– Eudora Welty
I have a friend who is a photographer. And a great one, too.
(Hey, wanna check out her stuff? Her name is Iman Woods. Click here for her new family photography Facebook page, and here for her pin-up photograph website. You can also click here to check out her blog. Her stuff kicks butt.)
So, yeah. Photography is her thing. And that’s awesome. She uses photos to capture a story. And each one does just that. And quite beautifully, I might add. After all, she’s an artist.
Me, on the other hand? While I love photos, and never hesitate to snap them whenever I can, my ‘art’ is a little different. We’re all artists, you know. All of us. We just have to find our medium. My medium? Words. Without the talent to capture photographs or to paint or to draw, etc. etc., I fall back on the art that I think I have discovered that I’m somewhat good at. And that is creating an image in people’s minds using the written word.
This weekend, however? This weekend was a different story.
This weekend I have discovered a new appreciation for Iman’s work. Because sometimes, it’s the picture that tells the story all by itself…and no words are able to do it justice. Sometimes you just have to show people what your words cannot seem to adequately express.
A few of you regular readers may remember a blog I posted a while back about my premature twin nieces entitled Week-Old Miracles. Well, this weekend, I got to spend a few days with those now six-month-old miracles. And while I’m no photographer by any means, please take a look with me at the mixture of humorous and touching moments that have touched my heart over the past few days with these little angels. And check out some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way as well.
Photo Lesson #1:
…turn to this:
is a very beautiful thing. Wow.
Photo Lesson #2
Not many things in this ol’ world will fill your heart with as much love as filling your arms with twin babies.
Photo Lesson #3
Watching a teenager bond with a baby makes your heart smile.
Photo Lesson #4
Photo Lesson #5
Sleeping with a baby in your arms is a very peaceful feeling. (And having your teenage daughter think to take a picture of it is a pretty sweet deal in and of itself.)
Photo Lesson #6
Not many things in this world are as sweet or as enduring as a mommy’s love.
Six months ago:
Photo Lesson #7
Watching grandma dress a baby after a bath is so darn cute.
Photo Lesson #8
Babies haven’t quite yet learned to mask their facial expressions. When it’s the first time they’ve ever met someone, you’re gonna know it.
Photo Lesson #9
It sure doesn’t take a baby long to decide you’re pretty cool…
(And p.s.: Hearing your boyfriend refer to himself as “Uncle Richard” to your niece, gives you a feeling of “rightness” that words can’t begin to express.)
Photo Lesson #10
Duck face pictures are stupid. Unless they’re done with a 6-month-old. Then, they rock.
Photo Lesson #11
If you’re an adult, you should live your life in such a way that you’re caught in the background of a picture playing at a playground all by yourself.
(*giggle* That’s Richard back there. Bless him.)
Photo Lesson #12
It’s impossible to look at this and not smile.
See? Smiled, didn’t ya?
Photo Lesson #13
The smile on your face while holding a baby can’t possibly be faked.
Photo Lesson #14
Witnessing your Alzheimer’s-ridden grandmother meeting her twin great-granddaughters for the first time is a moment that makes your heart climb into your throat.
Photo Lesson #15
Seeing that grandmother with a smile on her face again, after what seems like forever since you’ve seen it, is a moment that makes you know that some things never change. My grandmother is beautiful.
My aunt Joyce commented on one of my photos on Facebook with, “Thanks for letting us live your day in pictures!” I hope this blog allowed you to do that – and hopefully helped you to see what I saw. To feel what I felt. Maybe it might even make you turn around and look at your own family, your own little miraculous works of art in your life. And maybe it will make you get down on your knees and thank your lucky stars that you’re alive. You’re alive. You know? Get out there and capture these moments. before they slip by.
After all, you only get one shot.
““The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
– Yann Arthus-Bertrand