Capture What Counts Photography

#1/52 Youth

Wow…week 1 of my Photo Challenge 2012 and I am already struggling.  I haven’t ever taken photos based on a theme before, so I am feeling quite restricted.  Hopefully it will get easier as I get back into the swing of posting on a regular basis.

These little cuties are  Natalie and Mallory…aren’t they just precious?

Natalie making “the face”



53 responses

  1. Cute portraits Bonnie.
    Good luck on your new project.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    • Thanks Sasi! I look forward to yours as well. You’ll have to tell us about the new name! 🙂

      January 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

  2. Adorable!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM

  3. They are adorable! And don’t worry, the themes will come easier with time. I found it helped to plan ahead and see if there were some obvious photo ops for themes. And you can always retrofit a theme to a photo, too. 😉

    January 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    • Thank you for visiting and for the words of encouragement. It will teach me discipline if nothing else, right? 🙂

      January 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

  4. Tammy

    These girls are adorable…relations of yours? Love those cute smiles!

    The one thing these themes have taught me is to think out of the box and to really see the world around me. Don’t can stretch a theme a bit (the theme police are not too bad) lol It also really helped me to bounce around the blogs to see how others interpretate the themes…it gets the wheels moving. Also, keep a dictionary close by…there are several meanings for one word. 🙂

    January 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    • Tammy, they are not related to me, but I would take them in a heartbeat! They belong to my friend April, and she just gave birth to baby Owen on Dec. 23rd. He had a pretty rough landing in this big old world so I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and then take some pics of him. I’m going to do family portraits for them too!

      Thanks for the encouragement and ideas on the themes. And for just being you. ❤

      January 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

  5. Thirty years of Sass and confidence , jammed into one so young must be a handfull for Mum and Dad, but Sooooo Cute.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

  6. Adorable faces of youth. All the best to your challenges!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

  7. Chloe

    are they twins? how gorgeous, little treasures

    January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    • No Chloe, not twins, but only a year apart.

      January 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  8. Lovely portraits…I’m with you on the 366 challenge…I can see it getting tough as we go on but that for me is why I got involved; to really challenge my image taking and to look around me for the shots

    January 7, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    • Thanks for visiting Steve. I’ve only committed to a 52-week since I’ve already done a Project365, but you’re right, it will cause us to look outside the box.

      January 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

  9. They are both so adorable, the boys in their future better look out.

    January 7, 2012 at 4:21 AM

  10. Great photos – wonderful portraits – you’ve caught their exuberance and joy as well as their youthful beauty… well done Bonnie – you’re quite the portrait artist.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    • Thank you Barbara! Your words made my day!

      January 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

  11. Beautiful portraits!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    • Thank you! And thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

      January 8, 2012 at 7:17 PM

  12. Awww, what cuties. Hope you settle in and enjoy the challenge.

    January 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    • Thank you, and thanks for visiting my blog!

      January 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

  13. Oh my gosh…love those little tow heads! Gorgeous!!


    January 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

  14. Pretty little girls! You are blessed indeed!
    Just remember on the photo list, you can s t r e t c h each theme as far as you want to, so that helps with the restrictions a bit, I hope. I certainly take a few liberties with the theme list from time to time!
    Good luck. You’re off to a great start!

    January 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    • Thanks for visiting, and for the encouraging words. I just need to get back in the groove.

      January 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

  15. Can’t help but smile looking at them….precious!

    January 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

  16. Sweet images and definitely youth. 🙂

    January 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM

  17. Great portraits….nice little girls….looking forward to the next photos…

    January 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

  18. Thanks Schleefy!

    January 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

  19. Adorable! Good luck with the project, Bonnie. I am terrible at themes–I always find the photo I need after the deadline. 🙂

    January 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

  20. So cute!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    • Thank you Charlotte, and thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

      January 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

  21. These are some real cuties! Great shots.

    Have fun with the themes interpretations don’t always need to be literal. Last year more than half of what I posted was playful match ups 🙂

    January 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    • Thank you for the advice and for stopping by my blog. 🙂

      January 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

  22. Real honeys! (PS Don’t worry about fitting the themes. It’s a creative exercise. In the beginning, I more often fit the theme to the subject than trying to chase down the themes. It’s only after the list is pared down a bit–and I’ve got a feel for it–that I start to look for theme related photos. As for the Theme Police–they’re usually down in Australia dealing with Ron; he takes the heat off the rest of us!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    • Hehe thanks for the head’s up Bobbie! And thanks for visiting 🙂

      January 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

  23. You gotta love “the face”! Very nice photos of two adorable children.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    • Thank you Deena, and thank you for stopping by!

      January 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

  24. Well you may feel like you’re struggling, but I think you’re doing very well! Such a bright cheery face! Great shot!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    • Thank you for your kind words Vicki, and thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

      January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

  25. These are gorgeous shots!!!
    I think you’ll get through it. Don’t make yourself feel pressured

    January 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

  26. great portraits! As for themes I find it hard to find a suitable ones for some of my photos, it’s a challenge within the challenge 🙂 Also tried to pick a theme and do a photo to match it but I find that even harder. looking to other bloggers you will find amazing ways to solve themes.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM

  27. Thank you Christina, and thanks for visiting 🙂

    January 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

  28. She is adorable. Nice capture of her sunny personality. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

  29. Nice portraits!! I love “the face.” My niece bares her teeth when smiling on command; it looks a lot like that! I approach the 365 challenge by not even worrying about it. I go out and take loads of pictures. Sometimes I tuck the theme list in my bag, and sometimes I forget all about it. I don’t treat the themes like assignments and I don’t very often set out specifically to shoot something in particular off the list. When I come back from a day of shooting, I download all the shots and pour over them with the list, seeing what strikes me as fitting; then I edit (or not) and post. I get totally overwhelmed trying to remember the hundreds of themes and frustrated when I look at the list later and realize I passed up a photo op earlier for something I wouldn’t normally (and didn’t) take a photo of that would have fit a theme perfectly. It almost makes me go out of my mind, and if I put pressure on myself, like to go out with my camera in search of themes, I just start avoiding it completely. I like having the 52 to focus on, because that’s a more manageable number to sort of be on the lookout for, and the freedom to take the rest as they come to me (or don’t). I didn’t even come close to finishing last year but I had fun with it, and that’s my goal for this year too. Stick with it & have fun!

    January 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

  30. Mike

    What great portraits Bonnie…kids like this make it real easy right?

    January 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

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