The new photo challenge on The Paper Mama's blog has the theme orange! I absolutely love the color orange and own a few orange shirts myself. For the girls I was quite surprised to realize they don't own all that much orange stuff. Although the more I looked around the more I saw the color. It's beautiful isn't it. Okay, so I know a lot of you don't like orange, but it's always been amongst my favorites.
I came home last night and gave the girls orange popsicles on the patio and started shooting away. At the last minute I picked a flower and put it in Hannah's hair, but she just wanted to dig in the flower pots and play. I bribed Lorelei with a cookie as a reward if she'd let me take a few photos. A cookie is a mom's best tool I believe. It's close with a sucker for sure. Funny to think I just admitted this being that before children I thought it was a horrible idea to "bribe" children, but in the end I really like to call it positive affirmation or being rewarded for good behavior.
Lorelei did beautifully. She sat on her slide and put the flower in her hair and became the perfect model right away. After all she really wanted that chocolate cookie her grandparents sent home with her. She definitely earned it I would say. There were so many fantastic photos to choose from and in the end I chose this photo because it's beautiful and serene at the same time. The colors and crop weren't edited. It's naturally beautiful just as my daughter Lorelei. I love the beauty and calm she is giving off and her wild post play hair.
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