what matters most

what matters most

 

As I browse through the many many images I’ve shot this week and contemplate what to share for Best Shot Monday, it is this self-timer series of my girls and I that stops me in my tracks. No other photograph could ever mean more to me than something as simple and pure as this.

Our summer has been busy, and crazy. It’s how summer usually goes. I’m just glad that one late afternoon last week after piano practice and ice cream cones I urged my daughters to join me on the back patio for some long-overdue portraits of the three of us. Note to the mothers out there-please take some self-timer shots with your kids! You will never regret it.

This is us. A quintessential summer evening at home, where we spend so much of our time together. Where sacred family time is shared. I am not at home tonight (more on my NYC adventure later)  but it’s images like this one that remind me that there’s no place I’d rather be.

How about you? What shot begged to be shared this week?

BTW, the Shutter Sisters’ One Word Project word for August is home. Be sure to share your pictures of home with us in the OWP Flickr Pool.

38 Comments
  • megan
    Posted at 01:27h, 03 August Reply

    oh tracey…that one just melts me — i, too, am a huge fan of self-timer portraits with the kids. i know that even if they don’t turn out perfect, i will never regret taking them — what a treasure.

    here’s my BSM:
    the swing

  • megan
    Posted at 01:27h, 03 August Reply

    oh tracey…that one just melts me — i, too, am a huge fan of self-timer portraits with the kids. i know that even if they don’t turn out perfect, i will never regret taking them — what a treasure.

    here’s my BSM:
    the swing

  • Lucy
    Posted at 01:43h, 03 August Reply

    Such beautiful girls…all three of you. I am honored you stopped by. Thank you for your comment.

  • Lucy
    Posted at 01:43h, 03 August Reply

    Such beautiful girls…all three of you. I am honored you stopped by. Thank you for your comment.

  • phyllis
    Posted at 02:49h, 03 August Reply

    how gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! we did family portraits this weekend too – went to the mall place and they came out wonderfully. i made a promise to get in the pictures more:-)

    here’s my bsm, my 3 year old is growing up!

    happy monday!

  • phyllis
    Posted at 02:49h, 03 August Reply

    how gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! we did family portraits this weekend too – went to the mall place and they came out wonderfully. i made a promise to get in the pictures more:-)

    here’s my bsm, my 3 year old is growing up!

    happy monday!

  • Melissa G
    Posted at 04:09h, 03 August Reply

    How absolutely beautiful, and what a peaceful moment to capture in the midst of a hectic season.

    Here’s my Best Shot – what happens when I slow down.

  • Irene
    Posted at 10:29h, 03 August Reply

    this is one of the sweetest, most heartbreakingly beautiful shots I’ve seen in a while. xo

  • Irene
    Posted at 10:29h, 03 August Reply

    this is one of the sweetest, most heartbreakingly beautiful shots I’ve seen in a while. xo

  • Amy Jo
    Posted at 12:28h, 03 August Reply

    I love it! The desaturation does a really nice job of emphasizing your faces. I actually tried to do the same thing this past weekend, but since my kids are younger (3.5 and 2) it was a little less successful. A lot less, actually.

    That’s ok, though. I got some great shots of a fun indoor activity this weekend.

  • Amy Jo
    Posted at 12:28h, 03 August Reply

    I love it! The desaturation does a really nice job of emphasizing your faces. I actually tried to do the same thing this past weekend, but since my kids are younger (3.5 and 2) it was a little less successful. A lot less, actually.

    That’s ok, though. I got some great shots of a fun indoor activity this weekend.

  • Puna
    Posted at 12:33h, 03 August Reply

    I know what you mean by home…sweet post.

    Here’s my best shot today,

  • Puna
    Posted at 12:33h, 03 August Reply

    I know what you mean by home…sweet post.

    Here’s my best shot today,

  • Puna
    Posted at 12:34h, 03 August Reply
  • Puna
    Posted at 12:34h, 03 August Reply
  • Puna
    Posted at 12:36h, 03 August Reply

    And here is what I wrote about my best shot today.

    I’m sorry for the coding fuss Tracey.

  • Puna
    Posted at 12:36h, 03 August Reply

    And here is what I wrote about my best shot today.

    I’m sorry for the coding fuss Tracey.

  • carrie
    Posted at 13:41h, 03 August Reply

    Oh…I’m so going to set up my timer this week! Thanks for the beautiful reminder. I found my little girl again this weekend and made it my BSM.

  • carrie
    Posted at 13:41h, 03 August Reply

    Oh…I’m so going to set up my timer this week! Thanks for the beautiful reminder. I found my little girl again this weekend and made it my BSM.

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:29h, 03 August Reply

    You have inspired me. I have to do this. I have no photos of me and the kids. You guys are gorgeous!!!
    Here’s mine
    Perfect End

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:34h, 03 August Reply

    Gorgeous! We’ve been enjoying family reunion this weekend, and this is a great reminder to be purposeful about getting into more than every few hundred pictures! Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots with us, and encouraging us to come out from behind the camera sometimes!

    Here’s mine for this week!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:34h, 03 August Reply

    Gorgeous! We’ve been enjoying family reunion this weekend, and this is a great reminder to be purposeful about getting into more than every few hundred pictures! Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots with us, and encouraging us to come out from behind the camera sometimes!

    Here’s mine for this week!

  • Mandy
    Posted at 15:09h, 03 August Reply

    What a wonderful portrati! I really should do this as well. My BSM was from about a week ago at a Beatles tribute concert at the park

    summer silhouettes

  • Mandy
    Posted at 15:09h, 03 August Reply

    What a wonderful portrati! I really should do this as well. My BSM was from about a week ago at a Beatles tribute concert at the park

    summer silhouettes

  • Wanda
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 August Reply

    Wow. Beautiful portrait of three beautiful women.

  • Wanda
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 August Reply

    Wow. Beautiful portrait of three beautiful women.

  • Cara
    Posted at 16:45h, 03 August Reply

    I know what you mean. It seem like I am never in any of the pictures with my kids. I will have to get out the remote.
    Here is my Best Shot from the weekend at the park.

  • Cara
    Posted at 16:45h, 03 August Reply

    I know what you mean. It seem like I am never in any of the pictures with my kids. I will have to get out the remote.
    Here is my Best Shot from the weekend at the park.

  • Leslie
    Posted at 19:04h, 03 August Reply

    Beautiful! We spent a whole day at home yesterday, for maybe the first time this summer, and it was nice to have a long, slow day. I found a long, slow caterpillar to match (and marvel at).

  • Leslie
    Posted at 19:04h, 03 August Reply

    Beautiful! We spent a whole day at home yesterday, for maybe the first time this summer, and it was nice to have a long, slow day. I found a long, slow caterpillar to match (and marvel at).

  • Mariah
    Posted at 20:46h, 03 August Reply

    Love it! Thanks for the great advice… It is important for mamas to get in front of the camera too 🙂

  • Mariah
    Posted at 20:46h, 03 August Reply

    Love it! Thanks for the great advice… It is important for mamas to get in front of the camera too 🙂

  • Jena
    Posted at 20:52h, 03 August Reply

    My camera died – right after we met, in fact. Then my dad gave me his ancient little happy-snap powershot, and this past weekend I left it behind in a friend’s sailboat in the Adirondacks, where we retrieved it from the bilch. Seeing this gorgeous shot will help when I’m shelling out money-we-don’t-really-have for a new camera!

  • Jena
    Posted at 20:52h, 03 August Reply

    My camera died – right after we met, in fact. Then my dad gave me his ancient little happy-snap powershot, and this past weekend I left it behind in a friend’s sailboat in the Adirondacks, where we retrieved it from the bilch. Seeing this gorgeous shot will help when I’m shelling out money-we-don’t-really-have for a new camera!

  • IE Mommy
    Posted at 23:04h, 03 August Reply

    That’s a great shot. C’mon by and see mine for today. It’s entitled "WINGS"

  • IE Mommy
    Posted at 23:04h, 03 August Reply

    That’s a great shot. C’mon by and see mine for today. It’s entitled "WINGS"

  • tenthings.
    Posted at 17:11h, 16 August Reply

    what a beautiful portrait. stunning. agreed, we should all take time to take such sweet shots on a regular basis.

  • tenthings.
    Posted at 17:11h, 16 August Reply

    what a beautiful portrait. stunning. agreed, we should all take time to take such sweet shots on a regular basis.

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