Monday, October 3, 2011

Down the Lane {photos}

Sometimes my girls will fall asleep on a short car side, say in the 7 minutes it takes to get from the grocery store to home.  I feel like they deserve at least a 20 minute nap, and so I drive through the country side, aimlessly.  I take roads that I've never taken before.   
That's how I happened upon this canopy covered lane, the trees arched over the street, moss dripping from the branches, and holes of sunlight peeking through like a moth eaten bed sheet.
On Sunday, I asked my oldest girl to come with me to the lane.  "It'll only take a minute and you can wear that pretty new dress that is hanging in your closet."
To my surprise, she agreed, and willingly came with me. 

Together we went Down the Lane.

She hopped out of my truck and asked me where she should stand.  She followed all of my directions.  This isn't the first time she's been in front of my lens, but really it was. 

This is the first time that she played to the camera.

"Momma do we need to worry about cars since we are standing in the street?"
"No, love.  This is a dead end street, there shouldn't be many cars coming our way."
"What if I pick up this pine cone and hold it?  Remember that?  Remember at the park?"  I do remember I let her call the shot.

And then I called this one.

And in less than 15 minutes, we were back in the kitchen.  I didn't need to take photos for an hour...just for a spell.  Just long enough to get a shot, and to test out that vision that was rolling around in my head.

I found inspiration.  I found motivation.  I found that creative "thing" that was missing.  And the best part is...that my little girl helped me find it.

We found it Down the Lane.


Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Oh Carol. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! You have such a wonderful talent my friend. Your really do.

Nessa said...

These are stunning - I love how so much spunk shows through! That is one lovely spot and even better is your beautiful photos.

Liz said...

Wow! You were right - these photos are AMAZING!! I think I just found our family photographer for Christmas pictures! Hallelujah! Well, I suppose that is if you agree to it, LOL.....

Cam looks like a little model here, she did GREAT.. and totally inspired me to break out my camera. I haven't used my DSLR in a month.

Ashley Sisk said...

Somewhere along the way, you stopped taking snapshots and you started creating! I'm in love with this set...that last one has star quality!

gma marge said...

Carol, I love these photos--not only of the setting but the lovely little girl who is reminiscent of a time gone by....

Casey Martinez said...

Carol these are absolutely darling! The dress, the boots, the vintage case, and that precious little girl working the camera! That last shot is AWESOME!!! Love love love these!

Cole said...

What a pretty place - and what attitude in that last shot!

Sassy said...

Love it! I agree with Ashley...this is art and creativity at it's finest! Where did you get that old case?!

Kate said...

First, LOVE LOVE this set. These are simply gorgeous and totally timeless. You will love these photos forever.

Second, so cool that Cam was so into the photoshoot -- and even more cool that you let her direct as well as follow. (Must remember that.)

Third, am bookmarking this post for motivation/inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

LeeAnn said...

I love this post, my friend! I can't show Rylie, though, unless you have another one of those dresses in a 3 and another pair of those boots. ;-)

4 more days!

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

I wish I had even just a little bit of your skill. Love your photos and so cool that she played along. Great job!

Jennifer said...

It is so great to see you out there and really doing something that you love. Sadly, many of us get so caught up in life that we really do not take the time to enjoy what we should. And this shows that you only need 15 minutes to do it. Cam is a true model....I think she will be following you on this journey for sure :) Oh, and is that your Home Goods purchase?? LOL!

Caterina said...

Wow. WOW.



TV's Take said...

Love Love Love the photos! How great that she was a willing participant. Great job!

Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! said...

Those pictures are beautiful!

Mama Hen said...

I could swear that I commented here a few days ago. Hmmmmm! These pictures are wonderful! So cute! You always have such lovely posts my friend! Your girls will really love looking at your blog when they get older. I had looked at th Rocking Horse Ranch a while back. I was looking at a bunch of places where my daughter could ride horses. We would love to go there! It is not far from us eaither. Maybe a couple of hours. Would love to meet you there if you ever go. The kids would really love hanging out together and talking about horses. Have a great week!

Mama Hen