Friday, February 06, 2009

Siblings in Stripes

At some point yesterday afternoon, I noticed that both of my children were wearing items of clothing my sister had given them for Christmas. It seemed like a good time to take advantage of the afternoon light and photograph those two. Thanks for the clothes Auntie Shannon!

I'm not sure I'll ever see a series of photos that so accurately demonstrate the divergent personalities of my children. Harper is all drama and cheese and silliness and fire, whereas Michael is Mr. Mellow Man, just hanging out, usually happy, along for the ride.







In all fairness, I should also share the gentle and kind side of Harper's personality with a little story...

This afternoon I was on the phone with a friend who was having a really difficult day (but that's not my story to tell) and I was letting some tears slip. Harper came into the kitchen and saw me crying. I tried shushing her and sending her back to the living room, but she said, "Mommy, if you don't tell me what's wrong I won't know how to help you."

I again motioned for her to leave and she whispered, "Lean down." I complied and she gently reached up and brushed a couple of the tears off my cheeks saying, "I'm wiping your tears away Mom." And then she pranced back to her play dough.

9 comments:

Pam said...

OH, that gave me a huge lump in my throat. What a sweetheart she is.
I was going to say how much I loved the pictures and how much better they were than a professional studio but now I'm in bits ....

bluedaisy said...

Great pictures! Your children are so beautiful- I love all the different expressions from Harper. And Michael- he is such a subtle ham- but an effective one! I love these pictures and that Harper is just so sweet.

MamaK said...

These kids keep getting cuter... and so kind- way to go Harper :)

Erin said...

Oh, they are both so SO SWEET. I think that last picture is my fav, most accurately depicting the personalities you describe.

That Harper story is so sweet, too, it makes me feel like the world is okay afterall :-)

ALSO! This makes me want to come over there with my camera and document your kids together. I'm getting better with aperature, and I think that's the key to capturing the face. NEXT TIME we get together, let's get a Harper/ Michael photo shoot.

samantha jo campen said...

Those pictures crack me up! Love them!

And that story? TOTALLY made me all sniffly.

Also, thinking of you today. (HUGS)

Sara said...

Your kids are so adorable--I love these pics. And Harper's empathy just shows what a good mom you are! What a sweetie!

desperate housewife said...

These are fantastic shots. My daughter climbed on my lap and was admiring them with me! She asked the kids names, and then kept pointing at Harper and saying, "I like Harper's shirt!"

Hillary or Ryan said...

I love these pictures! And Harper is so sweet! :)

Swistle said...

Those are so fun, especially in a group like that! My favorite is the last one.