Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Granddaughter's First Photo Album

This is a follow-up post to share some of the pictures my granddaughter Avery Grace took while she was on "Spring Break" from kindergarten. Avery will be six years old in May, and I recently introduced her to the world of photography.

A couple of weeks ago, Avery and I visited the Vicksburg National Military Park here in Vicksburg, and she had a good time exploring the park and capturing pictures with my Canon Power Shot camera. I think she did an excellent job, but, of course, that's strictly her grandmother's unbiased opinion.

If you will kindly indulge me, I would like to share some of Avery's pictures from our photo shoot (I did not enhance the pictures at all, except for resizing them).

I have also included some pictures I took of Avery while she was taking her pictures. She was concentrating so hard, and turning the camera this way and that ... and I was so proud and pleased to see that she was having fun, but was also taking her photography very seriously.

One of our first stops was to capture these pretty yellow wildflowers beside the road.

Avery took the next two pictures ...

She needs to practice her closeup shots ...

She did better on these closeups of some dandelions ...

She also got a closeup of her knee in this shot, but I think that just adds character, don't you?

We climbed up to a gazebo on top of a hill to capture the next two pictures ...

This is the picture Avery was taking as I was taking her picture (that reminds me of that old song, "I was lookin' back to see, if you were lookin' back at me, to see if I was lookin' back at you") ...

Next we visited one of my favorite spots in the Vicksburg National Cemetery — this old Gingko tree.

This is my favorite of the pictures Avery took of the tree ...

Avery called these white Irises "spring flowers" ...

I love these pictures I captured of Avery as she photographed the seal on the floor of the Illinois State Monument in the Military Park.

She was so cute turning the camera every which way, trying to get just the right angle ...

I think her picture was worth all her hard work, don't you?

I especially like the next three pictures, which she took of the river, the Naval Monument, and the eagle on top of the Illinois Monument:

Not bad for a five-year-old, are they!

I wouldn't take anything for that afternoon in the park with my little budding photographer. But the best part of the whole experience was when we were talking about the dandelions, and Avery said she "liked the kind you could blow on and make a wish." I asked her what she would wish, and she said, very solemnly, "I would wish that this day would never end."

Your grandmother's sentiments exactly, Sweetie.

8 comments:

Deb said...

what a fun day....two photographers on the loose...she did a great job...and is lucky to have you there to encourage her...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a sweetie pie! Loved this so much, Janie. Avery is adorable, and she is a very talented budding photographer. I think my favorite shot is the one of the river, followed by the one of the memorial. She did a super job, and I think she has an excellent teacher and role model to follow!

XO,

Sheila :-)

littlethingsoflife said...

Janie, it was fun seeing these pictures and reading about your adventure. Brings back memories of taking pictures in the park with our children! :)

Tell Avery I'm looking forward to more from her portfolio!!!

Jenni said...

What a beautiful afternoon y'all got to spend together....

I actually like the Blue Jean/dandelion picture the best....it is totally from her perspective, with a little of Avery Grace thrown in for good measure.

Thanks for sharing y'all's Sunny day of making memories with us!

Jenni

Pat said...

Absolutely wonderful Janie! An amazingly cute photographer. Sounds like a beautiful day.

Picket said...

Oh my word what a precious post!!!! She took gorgeous pics and just the memories of that day will stay with her forever...beautiful post sweetie...you can just feel the love and pride you have for that precious child...have a great weekend girl...Picket

Marlene said...

Avery is an amazing five year old.. she already shows so much talent and poise. These are such special years for each of you...enjoy and savor every moment with this precious child. Thanks for sharing Avery's lovely photo shoot with us.

Tonja said...

How wonderful! As you know, when you start looking at things through the camera lens, you see more than you thought you would. What a wonderful thing you are doing for sweet girl teaching her this so early. Also, pictures are such a wonderful way to keep memories and 'special days' close at hand. I would encourage her to learn to journal a little about the pics she makes. You can find photo albums, as I'm sure you know, that have a spot for journalling next to the pic. It would be a good habit to start as she is starting the photography. She did a fantastic job. And, she is just precious!