Sunday, September 19, 2010

Adventures in Babysitting, part ?!

I really enjoy babysitting. It's (usually) fun, passes the time quickly...all around positive. I got to spend the weekend nannying for one of my favorite families. There is a lake near their house so the first evening we went for a walk (with me armed with my camera and on snake look-out) to it. The little girl LOVES to have her photo taken, so I got some cute shots for her parents. But those won't be on here. These will though...
The top right picture were the "treasures" she found. She had a lot of fun setting up the pictures. The bottom right picture was from my commitment to get a awesome water splash shot. She was happy to oblidge by throwing many rocks into the lake. The whole thing would have worked better with a different lens, but you gotta work with what you got. I have like 20 of those pictures now, and I can't make myself get rid of them (yet. I'm sure I'll get the urge to purge pictures soon). I really like the lighting in the top left shot, even if I'm not in love with its framing.
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Guilty evidence. She came across some berries and I told her, "hey, you shouldn't pick those up, they'll stain your hands." Repeat a couple times. I turn my back to take a picture and I hear a small "uh-oh." I just have her promise to not lick her fingers before we get home.

She was eager to want to play with my camera. I was not so eager about that idea. I compromised by putting everything on automatic, putting the neck strap around her neck and having her lean against a fence. She took my picture, and loved it (I think she likes the click sound). She then told me she had a tough decision to make. What, I asked. "I need to decide if I'm going to be a teacher or a photographer. Or a lifeguard."

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Following a 6 a.m. wake-up we went to one of my favorite parks. Why my favorite? It has these swing-y seats that you spin around in really fast. They're incredible. I decided it would be fun to try to get one of those soft-blurry pictures while I was spinning around really fast (and I did have a plan in mind in how to save the camera if I spun off the chair).
As you can see, that idea failed. Because the lighting was so harsh (noon) I had to set the shutter speed really high, so I couldn't get it low enough to get blurry. All that really happened from this is that I (not the 6-year old I was sitting) got sick from getting to dizzy from spinning. A win of the situation is that she (finally) decided to get on them (and decided she liked them).

Following our afternoon I decided to make dinner (to her chagrin; she was holding out for pizza). I wanted to make it fun for her, so I taught her how to make garlic bread, and let her make it.
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It was more like oregeno bread. But she was proud of herself. And had fun.

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