I can still vividly remember the very first photograph I ever took. I was about 5 years old. My dad handed me his little 110 film camera lens pointing down, and explained all I had to do was press the button. I eagerly grabbed it, and snap… caught the perfect image of my dad’s boots. Yea, not exactly what I imagined. The image is still tucked away with family pictures somewhere at my parents’ house.
Since then I have taken several hundred images of feet… all on purpose! Whether covered in cake crumbs, skipping off to the park with a favorite dinosaur following behind, securely hanging on around daddy’s hips, tucked up over a book or sporting mommy’s shoes, feet tell stories.
They offer little details of adventures that broad smiling faces don’t always provide. They fill in the gaps and complete the story.
I actually keep a folder on my computer featuring my favorite images of my boys’ feet… some are bare, some in socks, some in favorite shoes. I have a photo book planned for these images… as soon as their little boy feet turn from sweet to stinky, I’ll start working on it.
Next time you are out and about with your favorite little ones and your camera, pay attention to little feet and grab an image or two to complete your story.
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