A Kodak Moment Isn't Staged

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A Kodak Moment Isn't Staged

Those of us who have children know that most of the time, they will ham it up for the camera.  If you whip it out, they will whip out a crazy look, a kooky smile, or do something off-the-wall.  But a true Kodak Moment cannot be staged.  A true Kodak Moment happens naturally.  It catches you when you least expect to see it.  And it rips your heart away if you don't forever catch that moment on film.

As many of my blog readers know, we have six children - 5 boys and a girl.  Our 6 year old daughter is stuck right in the middle - 2 boys older than her, 3 boys younger.  As the only girl in a house full of boys, she does quite a bit of juggling to get her quiet time. Usually, her quiet time is spent in her bedroom with books or paper dolls (she's definitely a girlie-girl). But sometimes, just sometimes, she catches a moment when all time seems to stand still.

I was visiting a client's house on this particular day and decided to take Sarai with me.  It was just at the end of this past summer (2010) and had just gotten so that we needed jackets going outside.  She is always excited to go with me without any of the other children and chattered away all the way to my client's house.  When we arrived, the first thing she saw was this baby Weeping Willow tree.

She spent the entire time outside playing under the willow.  When it was time to leave, she asked if she could take the tree with her because it made her feel comfortable.  Since that wasn't going to happen, she told the tree goodbye and that she would see it later.

The entire time she spent walking under that tree, talking to it, and just sitting quietly. It was so precious I had to get it on film.  And every time I look at this picture, I think of how peaceful she was for just those few moments.

This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain 'Kodak Moments' contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK EASYSHARE M580 Digital Camera

To participate in the ActiveRain contest, visit the blog post announcing the contest from Kodak and ActiveRain. 



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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Renae, excellent photos, thanks for sharing your input.

Dec 17, 2010 07:25 PM #1
nobody - Alamance, NT

she is so cute, thanks for sharing your precious photo.

Dec 17, 2010 07:55 PM #2
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Photos when the kid does not know there is one are the best. Not cheesy grins, but capturing them doing kid things, mannerisms to capture the moment..because time goes by. Single dad with four kids and during the years raising them made sure to keep the camera rolling and none of them will ever say some day "dad...why didn't you take more pictures of us when we were young, all the way up through?" Did, videos too!

maine boy sleeping on boat

Dec 17, 2010 09:16 PM #3
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Nice pic Ranae. Sarai looks like she is really enjoying the willow. I had a huge willow my kids loved. Happy Holidays.

Dec 17, 2010 09:39 PM #4
Retired from ActiveRain
Baker, OR

Ah, to be young again and free of adult worries and responsibilities.  You captured her special moments well.  Hope that she can return again to that willow, even if she has to conjure it in her mind.  Five brothers is a lot to put up with!

Dec 18, 2010 12:52 AM #5
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

If only children didn’t grow up and become so adult. J

Dec 18, 2010 05:40 AM #6
Kaera Mims
Liz Moore & Associates - Fort Monroe, VA
Associate Broker, e-PRO, REALTOR; Hampton, Newport News, York Co.

Awww, what a cute story. Children have a way of putting things into perspective and making life grand, don't they? Great post; thanks for sharing! 

Dec 23, 2010 08:50 AM #7
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I just stopped by to say that I hope you had a Merry Christmas today with lots of fun and food with family and friends.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2010 02:12 PM #8
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

So cute, Renae. Kudos to you for juggling six kids, real estate and blogging.  Hope to see you back at ActiveRain in 2011.

Jan 20, 2011 01:54 AM #9
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