What is really meaningful to me is not just the kids looking directly at the camera, but the interactions that they have with eachother. It is NOT easy to get all 3 of them doing what I want, and while I have been lucky to get a few of them, my favorites usually show something more. Eli loves that Ari has some of the same clothes as him and will often go change his clothes so he can match Ari. In the picture below, Eli wanted me to get a picture of them together, but Ari had other plans. A favorite of mine though.
The next two pictures tell such a wonderful story. For as much as Eli and Zoe can drive each other crazy, they also have such a strong love for one another. I must have a picture from every family hike, outing, walk, or trip to the beach of the two of them holding hands. It is usually Zoe reaching for Eli’s hand, with the exception of when he is worried that Zoe may get hurt or go too close to the water that he grabs hers. And of course I am always behind them snapping away.
These is something about this picture that looks like it is the daddy rescuing his little girl from some kind of danger. That is not the case though. Todd saw that some baby ducks had taken up residence across the street and brought Zoe over to see them. By the time I got out there with my camera, the ducks were gone but I captured this perfect moment.