‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Sunday, November 02, 2008

My Daughter the RAD Photographer

It's nice to use RAD in its other context sometimes..lol. 'RAD' meaning cool, awesome, groovy...

So, when I say my daughter is a RAD photographer, I mean that kind of RAD :)

When I first met Anastasia at the orphanage, she would not interact with me at all. No talking. No eye contact. Just a trembling little girl with fearful eyes. That is, until I took out my camera.

" Shto eta?" She asked. (What is it?) She had never seen a digital camera before. I showed her how to use it, and the ice was broken. She interacted with me from behind the lens. Nothing would work to get her to put that camera down.

So, it's no surprise that my daughter has discovered that she likes photography. It gives her a safe way to interact with the world around her. She can be a part of things on her terms. So...
Here are some recent photos she took . She has a great eye, I think. She wants to learn more, too, which is great!

Matilda, her puppy, is her favorite subject, The shoots this poor dog has been subjected to would put Tyra Banks to shame. Here she is posing with glasses.
Here she came in my office at 7am ( hence no make-up & messy hair) and asked me to make "a really funny face."

Here she had walked out of Bertucci's where we had dinner one night. She saw this abandoned doll and HAD to take a photo. She said it made her "feel weird" and she wanted to remember it.

This is her best friend Julia's eye. I think this is the most amazing photo and I wouldn't believe she took it if I hadn't been there to see it myself. I later showed her how to add color to just one spot with picasa. That's her favorite thing to do now with photos...

This is her foot. So artsy. My daughter is artsy!!!

Here is Julia again. I think the angle and blurriness is cool. She's really got an eye for this!

These were random older men outside of Starbucks. They were teasing me about not getting them coffee, so she took their photo. I love the different expressions on their faces (though I want to snatch that cigarette out of his hand and smash it.)

Finally, my favorite. She said " Mom, I want to take a picture of the sun!" I told her, "you can't do that, honey, it won't work." She said, 'Yes it will, mom!"

And she was right.


  1. She does have a great eye! These pictures are amazing!

  2. She is very talented and she has a great eye! And yes...very artsy!
    Love it!

  3. What a great eye and artsy look to her pictures. How great to have a talent in something she can continue to develop.

  4. She's got some talent!!

    You've also been tagged over on my blog. :-)

  5. I love her photos! She did a great job!

  6. You guys are so sweet! I wish I could tell her all these compliments, but she's not good at accepting them yet. I cant wait for the day when I can say "good job!" or "great work!" and not get yelled at or given the evil eye..lol.

  7. Greta photos! How fun. My girls want a camera too!

  8. She is good. I'm so glad you are nurturing her talents. Many parents ignore their children's interest for their own ideals of what is right in what they want for a "career." She has a great eye. I think the NY Post has contests for photography. I'm not in NYC I just remember seeing that many moons ago.


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