Friday, February 4, 2011

Proud As Punch


As a parent, we sometimes watch as our kids make mistakes.  But I feel fortunate to be able to say that I've had the opportunity to watch my kids make more good choices than bad ones.  Time and time again they have shown me how smart, creative, funny, and talented they really are.  And their ability to do whatever they put their minds to amazes me and makes me swell with pride!  I would like to be able to take full credit for creating these successful human beings, but the truth is I married well!




Recently my daughter decided she would try her hand at photography.  She's played around taking pictures for quite awhile now, but it's only been in the last 6 months that she has really decided that she might want to pursue this as more than just a hobby.



When her close friend B got engaged recently to her boyfriend T my daughter asked if she could take a few engagement pictures of the happy couple, just to practice photographing people for a change instead of things.  My daughter is a lot like me in that regard and had never really photographed people, except for the usual college Facebook shots, so she was both excited and nervous at the prospect.



The pressure was actually off a little since she knew that B & T would have other engagement photos done by the same photographer who will be shooting their wedding this summer, but she still wanted to do a good job.



And what a good job she did!!!  I was frankly taken aback when she sent them to me.  And although I know I'm biased, being her mother and all, I think they are really good!  Not just good, but actually pretty darn great!




She shot these on a cold day at midday, which is never ideal for good lighting, but it was the only time B & T were available so she made the best of it and still managed to capture the beauty of a young couple in love.  



I hope she is able to see the gift she has for this sort of thing and that she will follow her passion and find a way to make a career out of it.  Doing something creative is what she was born to do, and I know she will find her way, with Mr. Tide and me behind her cheering every step of the way!  After all, we are proud as punch of both of our children!

And to B & T, I hope you have a lifetime of love and happiness together!

32 comments:

  1. Definitely talented! Hope she continues!
    xo Cathy

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  2. Your daughter has made a wonderful job. I love the photos she's taken - they express the moment beautifully.

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  3. I love the photos she is taken . She has got talent! Like You !!!! The las photo is the best!! Ag

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  4. Great shots! The first one is my favorite, I love the creativity!

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  5. She is good! I particularly like the one with the birds and sky. So crisp and evocative!
    Brenda

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  6. Beautiful pictures! They definitely look professional. It looks like you passed on your talent. I especially like the first one against the bricks and the one at the end of the pier. Thanks for sharing these.

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  7. How pretty!!! Your little Angelfish didn't fall too far from the mama fish, I see. Now that she'd done this, maybe she can tag along for the next set of engagement photos and get a tip or two from the wedding photographer.

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  8. Kat your hubby takes photo's also right? really like the last picture...they are all good.

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  9. These are really wonderful...she has her own sense of style and a good eye! You must have fun together! XO

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  10. Kat she did an amazing job! These shots are so beautiful! I love the 1st and 6th one the best, you can really see the love in his eyes. I am so happy that she is pursuing this more. Have you ever thought of joining forces at this?
    And I do have to say that you did an amazing job molding her into the beautiful young lady that she is today, you should be proud as punch at you and Mr. Tide as well my friend. :)

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  11. OMGosh Kat, as I started reading your post and glanced at the engagement ring my heart skipped a beat thinking that it was your daughter that was engaged. *Okay, now back to normal* Then when I read the real news, I was so thrilled for her (and you!). Her images are so vibrant and creative, especially against the backdrop of the day that they immediately convey the excitement and emotion of this newly engaged couple. She is off to such a wonderful start and such a thrilling career path. I can clearly see why you're so proud and pleased! Hugs, ~Lil

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  12. Lovely photos! I love the variety of settings/backgrounds. I wish we had natural and creative engagement pictures like those.

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  13. Oh she did a fantastic job! Congratulations proud momma! <3

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  14. Beautiful pictures...she's got talent!!!

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  15. Beautiful pics that her friends will treasure for a lifetime! She has the gift!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  16. Kat, your daughter is brilliant. Gorgeous pictures and your blog is a dream...I love it. Here's wishing you a great year ahead. I am hosting a giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by. hugs Anu

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  17. Like mother like daughter! lol! Don't they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? :) She is certainly a talented young lady who has a bright future in front of her! Tell her to keep going....!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  18. I never tire of seeing young love. Your daughter has a natural talent! I really like the first and the last photo. She has a bright future ahead of her :)

    Have a nice weekend! ~Michelle

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  19. Great job Leigh! And congrats to the happy couple!

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  20. These are beautiful! And she got her talent from you! Congrats to her newly engaged friends, too!

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  21. Love the first one as your eye catches the glint of the ring.... darling!

    xx
    z

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  22. Well, I'm not her mother and I think she did an amazing job. Wow! Some of those shots are incredible. Nice work.

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  23. Well now. If this is her first attempt, I say keep at it, girl. I love that 5th one down. Nicely composed and the sky is a cool color. Love the perspective on the first one, where the focus is on the hands. Nicely done!

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  24. How beautiful...and exciting!

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  25. She's her mother's
    girl, that's for sure.
    I love the one where
    they are kissing and
    the sky behind them
    is so pretty. I'd
    say if this is what
    she wants to do, she
    is well on her way!
    xx Suzanne

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  26. Gorgeous photos. Your daughter has a unique gift. I especially love the sponaneity in the last photo - love it.

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  27. Wow she is really really good !
    I think photography is definitely
    something that you have to have
    an eye and talent for ~ It is
    for sure a special gift that she has ~

    xoxo
    Lori

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  28. Lovely work!! Tell her....keep it up:)

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  29. Very well done Leigh. My favorite is the one with the birds flying off the dock.

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  30. Your daughter did a beautiful job! Isn't it a wonderful feeling when we look at our kids and know they turned out well--and, go ahead, take as much credit as you want!! :)

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  31. This is too weird. Reading your post and scrolling slowly down to see the (wonderful and captivating) pictures when I recognized T--he works here at EHS with me!?!? What a strange, small, wonderful little world we inhabit.

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  32. What a very sweet couple! Everything looks and seems wonderful for you both!

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