holly, callie and cory may 2014

How many photos do we all have of faces, group shots, from the waste up…posing, smiling…and saying those infamous words…‘say cheeeeeese!’  Thousands…right?  If you are anything like me, it always seems the last little words leaving my lips are the two dreaded ones above, telling everyone to say cheese.  Oh Susan…snap out of it…think outside the box.

So here’s the scenario.  It’s graduation day and I’m ready to take pics of my daughter, the PhD, in her commencement cap and gown, holding that diploma which took her 11 years (yes…e-l-e-v-e-n years) to acquire.  I was so excited, kept taking pics of her…her and her husband…her, her husband and their adorable daughter (my granddaughter)…and felt good about the shots. When I told her that I was pretty happy with what I had captured… and began wrapping it up…she said…’Wait! Mom! The shoes…the shoes!!! You’ve got to photograph the shoes…our converse chucks…Cory, Callie and I wore matching shoes!’

Sure enough…I looked down…and there they were. Adorable and sweet… a beautiful way for her to be connected to her husband and daughter during this memorable day.  I loved it!  And at the same time…couldn’t believe that I overlooked it…the little things…the little things that make moments like this a memory.

So my friends…the picture at the top of this page became my absolute most favorite picture from Holly’s graduation.  Holly wanted to include her husband and daughter in this special day of hers…in some magical way…and this was their connection to each other.  You see, as Holly made her commencement walk that day, she knew she was not alone.  All she had to do was take a little peak at her feet…see her shoes…and smile.

That was the photograph.

Here’s to opening our eyes…our minds…our hearts…to the little things.  ~ xo’s  susan

* you can also find this post over at my collaborative blog…Focusing On Life: