Remember yesterday how I told you all about WHY I wanted to learn photography? Capturing my kids personalities and all of that? Well...I think I was a little hypocritical. You see...when I envisioned my soon to be eleven year old's birthday pictures...I saw these amazing pictures of him dressed in classy, perfect, teenage clothing. I wanted the perfect urban setting. I even shopped for 2 solid weeks to find that perfect outfit. I found a jacket that I almost forked over eighty bucks for....BUT FOR WHAT? To take images that represented a stranger? I quickly realized that I was envisioning other photographer's work of really, really rich pre-teen children. You know the ones....where their outfits seriously cost a normal person's monthly house mortgage! I came out of that stupid way of thinking really quick when I realized that my soon to be eleven year old son REFUSED to wear anything but jeans and a t-shirt. Why would I spend eighty bucks on a jacket that he would NEVER wear again?!?!?!?
This picture makes me realize that no matter HOW old boys get, throwing the biggest rock in the lake is still their favorite past time. In this case...he was trying to break the ice.
He kept trying...without success.
I will admit I am kind of in denial that my kid is eleven.
So...let's talk about this shirt. I always buy my kids a new shirt to wear on their birthday. He told me a few weeks ago that he wanted me to make him a shirt that said "I make eleven look good!" So...I obliged. Hilarious kid.
This is about the extent he will "dress up"
I have really lucked out with the Utah weather this week. It was a little cold...but the sun even managed to peek out for a few of these shots.
Over-all, I am glad I stayed with my own advice. I captured my kid's very unique personality and still managed to get pictures that I love. 20 years from now I want to look back and know who I am looking at. Not some rich, pre-teen stranger. Dirty, eleven year old fingernails and all.