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A Stick, a Pond, and a Boy in Summertime

Carefree summer evenings of play are some the best memories of childhood.   Growing up I always wished I lived out in the country surrounded by fields, ponds, streams, and of course horses.   But mostly living in suburbs all my life, my imagination and the occasional trespassing on private property to see a real pond was all I had to work with.  Fortunately for me I had a first rate imagination. 

Last week I found myself reengaging some of those idyllic memories at the end of a recent father and son portrait session.   I just kept my lens on the son as he was running around a pond with a stick at sunset, with all the enthusiasm, energy and spirit of adventure that only a young boy on a hot day could have.  

Those images turned out to be my favorite of the session.  It was a great moment of discovering a memory of myself in the subject I was photographing. 

I hope that you enjoy these images as much as I do and that they take you back to a beautiful time and place.



  • Diana - July 21, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    Breath taking. Soul touching. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing with us; I feel so privileged. DK

  • Marci McKinnon - July 21, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    Precious! Thank you for posting these, Renata.

  • Renata - July 22, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Thank you ladies!

  • Jen - July 24, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    These are really beautiful. And I agree that candid shots are almost always the most special — but my candids never have this kind of framing or quality!

    (By the way, I share your history of trespassing on private property as a kid for the sake of wandering through woods and finding hidden lakes. Kids need a lot of the outdoors!)

  • Mikaela - July 26, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Renata ~ these are absolutely beautiful!

  • Margaret - July 27, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    Knowing the father and son in question in here, I can say that you captured them both to a T. Nicely done!

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