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It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an I Heart Faces contest.  But I’m back in the saddle again!  This week’s contest is dramatic black and     white.  This photo was taken at a recent downtown photo shoot.  Enjoy.

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This week’s challenge is for “completely candid” shots.  I don’t know about other moms but having three boys and a very animated daughter, well, the hard part is NOT getting a candid sometimes. 

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This picture is one of my all-time favorites.  The boys were just hanging out, munching on their morning apple snack.  I love Monkey’s laughing face and Tiger’s somewhat melancholy look, the dirty bottoms of feet, the animal cups and the skinned up knees.  Just seems to ooze boyhood and brothers to me.  I realize the bottoms of feet are usually a no-no in photography but I think this picture proves it’s not a hard and fast rule… sometimes the bottoms of feet can reveal the charm of the moment.

In this case that’s dirt.  

Go over to I ♥ Faces for more great candid photos.  Enjoy!

Have I mentioned I love I ♥  Faces?  In case you missed it last week, I DO!  We’re talking head over heels folks. 

This week’s challenge is Sharing Our Summer Stories Through Photos.  The one I’m sharing is of the kids playing with the hose in the backyard… go figure.  It’s cheap, it’s cool, it’s exercise and it keeps the mess outdoors.  Needless to say, we do it a lot.   Plus, there’s an extra level of fun because Lucy, our 8 month old Boxer, just LOVES water.  As we discovered on this particular day, she loves stealing sunbathing spots too.

The younger boys were the hardest hit.  She just couldn’t leave their laid-out towels alone.  She’d soak in the water and then dart over to claim a sun-warmed towel.  The boys tried their best to move her.  When that didn’t work, they tried to move the towel out from under her…

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They quickly gave up that idea.  They tried sharing the towel next….

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When the smell of wet puppy got to overwhelming, they abandoned the fight altogether and opted for other, non-towel activities.  Lucy grandstanded the victory just a tad

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The non-towel activities included:  Mom’s sunglasses and, what we fondly refer to as, The Circus Bike…

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Photographing Lucy’s tongue… (some of the shots were group efforts)

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Looking glamorous and very NOT wet…

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And rubbing the Towel Stealer’s wet belly…

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