Photos = Happiness.

Working this morning and came across this:


and this:


Both from last summer. Both totally imperfect pictures. Both make me really, really happy.

54 thoughts

  1. alyssa

    2008-02-20 00:58:22 -0500

    Great photos. Perfect precisely because they're imperfect - like the rest of life. Strangely enough, they make me want to camp out on the floor and get summer here right now. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. kellicrowe

    2008-02-20 01:14:05 -0500

    the 2nd one is very timeless.
    it could have been in 1970 or today...
    assuming it were not freezing...:)

  3. Nicky Anderson

    2008-02-20 02:48:30 -0500

    Absolutely love them!! I can't get enough of my kids pictures - they are so precious.
    Simon is such a cutie!!

  4. Susan

    2008-02-20 03:20:07 -0500

    Keep talking Ali! I so need that reminder and what better reminders than the smiles on Simon's face in those pictures---it's so funny-----I was already cropping the second one LOL!!!! I must adopt your philosophy more wholehartedly. I am getting so hung up that I am not a professional when I shoot. Thanks for putting me back in line!

  5. suetreiber

    2008-02-20 03:49:17 -0500

    how could they not?? :)

  6. lisa

    2008-02-20 04:06:41 -0500

    That photo of simon under the table made me laugh out loud. What a great picture! The look on his face is proceless - what a treasure for you. =)

  7. Sarah

    2008-02-20 04:28:46 -0500

    Perfect pics to me are the ones that make me happy or evoke strong emotion, not necessarily the ones that are technically perfect. I love these pics of Simon. He's such a cutie!

  8. Ana

    2008-02-20 04:39:22 -0500

    I think the best pictures are most often the ones that aren't perfect. They are truly the ones that show the "beauty" we want to capture and remember.
    Both gorgeous photos os Simon.

  9. leigh

    2008-02-20 05:17:13 -0500

    these are actually the pics i live for....real life, unglossed over and unexpected.

  10. jen

    2008-02-20 05:28:28 -0500

    ohhh, just had to say...these pictues of Simon...especially the first one...brought a wide smile to my face! thanks for sharing!

  11. Terri

    2008-02-20 06:15:05 -0500

    I agree with the Choir ....IT IS OK! It is a perfect picture if it captures your emotions.
    the second photo is probably my favorite Simon picture. So spontaneous and oh my gosh he looks so grown up here.
    the first is great too. He is always so aware of the camera isn't he. It's a real connection between the 2 of you.

  12. MNScrapbookmom

    2008-02-20 06:56:38 -0500

    Love the second shot... Simon is so full of goodness!!! Thank you Simon for making me smile today, and Thank you Ali for your constant inspiration. ¥

  13. Cococupcake Designs

    2008-02-20 07:03:11 -0500

    I love both pictures. They are super cute and so fun :)

  14. Margie

    2008-02-20 09:21:42 -0500

    Yes, I couldn't agree more. Photos=happiness in my world too. This is why I spend hours with them. I play my iPhoto slideshow any time I am not using my computer so that I can see old & new photos regularly!
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  15. Heidi Sonboul

    2008-02-20 10:52:07 -0500

    okay ALI... I know I'm a big nerd but this made me tear up a little! this is soooo true. I too get so happy to find old pics of my babies. Thank heavens for the camera and the fact that photo will forever save the little things we often forget!

  16. Kris with a K

    2008-02-20 11:08:21 -0500

    I disagree. I think the photos are PERFECT. They totally capture Simon and who he is!
    Personally, I am getting stressed about photo quality: there certainly are wonderful photographers out there (read Tara Whitney, Karen Russell and others), but I am not nor will I ever be a photographer of that quality. I am only going to strive for photos that I believe capture something, not perfectly, but still work.

  17. Jenny

    2008-02-20 12:01:37 -0500

    I love both photos. I like the one of Simon under the desk in particular. It's like he's a Budda or a great wise man and this is his receiving cavern. He holds his audiences with the mere mortals under the desk. He's so beautiful and ethereal to look at at times :) Lucky lady to have such a gorgeous son!

  18. deb

    2008-02-20 14:46:34 -0500

    Love the photos! Thanks for sharing!!

  19. carolbaiocchi

    2008-02-21 00:25:06 -0500

    Great photos. Love the first one, a quiet nice place to stay, actually i´m a little beat jelous of Simon...Life would be that simple for everybody, dont´t you think.

  20. Christina Katz

    2008-02-21 01:33:06 -0500

    How do they get so big so fast?
    That's what I want to know.
    I can barely pick my daughter up. This time next year I probably won't be able to comfortably.
    Not looking forward to that day.

  21. Corinna Lyons-Revello

    2008-02-21 04:28:26 -0500

    They're not imperfect photos at all, Ali! I love the bottom one. That warrants blowing up and hanging it on the wall!

  22. Margaret C

    2008-02-21 05:31:30 -0500

    okay- maybe I'ma total photo ditz but I can't see why these photos are imperfect. They tell the story, you focus immediately on Simon then take in the peripherals ( #1 - everyday life #2 summer ) I love 'em - you're too hard on yourself. And you have a BEAUTIFUL child. xx

  23. Michelle Jacquemet

    2008-02-21 07:24:51 -0500

    Pictures are adorable. Love the lighting on that one of Simon under the table.

  24. Jenn Henry

    2008-02-21 12:08:38 -0500

    He is just precious!

  25. Denise

    2008-02-21 12:14:44 -0500

    Hello Ali...i have a lot of far away photo's from the 80's and early 90's that i will scrapbook because they are good enough to scrapbook in the 21st century

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