Nathan plays softball on Thursdays, providing a wonderful night each week for Marianna and her friends to get together at the fields and run off any ounce of extra energy that they might have been storing up. Usually we pack plenty of food and drinks, and the kids are good to go indefinitely.
This week was a double header, so I brought my camera hoping to catch some good shots of the kiddos playing together. But instead of doing the photo shooting myself, I took a little holiday and handed the camera over to Marianna and her best friend, Maggie, to take turns capturing some priceless moments. A photo contest ensued, and I'll let you be the judge of who walked away with the grand prize.
I'll start with the best and work my way down. First, we'll take a looksie at Marianna's work behind the lens.
This was the first picture on the camera, and what a keeper it is! She set the bar high with this one...and as we'll see later on, maybe a little too high.
It didn't take long for things to take a turn for the worse with this picture that captures Adrienne looking a little, shall we say, frazzled?
Okay, time to switch operators. Maggie is now in firm control of the camera, and again, the first shot is a keeper.
She tried again, and she's two for two, success!
But then Marianna was ready for her solo shot. I actually heard her requesting this picture and turned around in my chair to see her posing on the grassy knoll. She's at that age where posing for a self portrait is nothing but pure joy.
Or not. Let's take a look at that one a little closer, if you can handle it.
OH MY. When I saw this, I almost choked on my dinner. I laughed until I had to wipe away the tears, and even when I put the camera away, this image kept popping in my head, causing me to burst into laughter all over again.
Whoa. Never have I seen such a terrible picture in my life. It's hard to say who walked away from the contest a winner, but I'm leaning toward Maggie for capturing life at it's most unglamorous. It takes work to take a picture that bad. Or maybe the credit goes to Marianna for being able to produce a facial expression like that. A toss up I suppose!