Life Stories: The Story of Best Friends | San Francisco East Bay Children Photographer

When I look back on my childhood, besides my family, the people that had the biggest influence on me were my friends.  Friends make you laugh.  Friends understand you.  Friends… they’re always there, through the good and the bad.

My kids have some really awesome friends.  And so this is the story of them.  The story of the kids that make my kids better people.   My daughter’s best friend just happens to be the sister of my son’s best friend.  And guess what?  Their parents are pretty awesome too.  It’s just a huge gigantic friend jackpot!

We had them over for the entire day this week.  They got here right after breakfast and stayed until right before dinner.  What a day!

This pretty much sums up the day:

The kids were pretty excited.  Where to start?  All kid visitors always want to start in the kids’ secret room–a crawl space, converted into a fun area for the kids.  Adults have to crawl in.  I painted some of the walls with chalkboard paint, which makes for fun times.  This particular day the kids were not allowed to look at what was being drawn on the wall behind them until we were done drawing.  Ha!

But no playdate is complete without playing in their rooms.

And no playdate is complete without a fun new art project.  This one was extra fun.  My friend had shared this idea with me and the kids were eager to try it out: handprint snowmen on ornaments.

Step one: paint hand with white acrylic paint.

Step two: hold an ornament and carefully place your fingers along the sides of it:

Step three: let it dry while you play Twister.

Yes.  Really.  If you want your snowman ornament to turn out right, you must go play Twister.  I know it seems weird.  But it’s true.

I can hear their giggles.  I love how well they play together.  I actually get a little emotional looking at all of these.  Friends rock.

We wanted to be sure that the paint was dry.  So they had to play a little more.

All this waiting for paint to dry can make you crosseyed.Is it time???  Yes.  It’s time for Step four: draw the faces on the snowmen.

Aren’t they cute?  I  think we’re going to have to do this again.  I see grandparent gifts here, don’t you?

And now, time to go outside.

I MADE them take a nice picture.  Well, I TRIED to get them to take nice pictures.  :)

I love how much they love each other!

And I have a little something to tell you.  I know some cool kids.

Cool girls….

Cool boys….

Cool kids….

Hope you enjoyed this episode of Life Stories as much as I enjoyed shooting it.

And if you don’t know it, well, you’re in for a surprise.  Click on this link right HERE, to see another amazing photographer, Leah Jent.  She’s participating in this big ol’ circle of Life Stories.  You can see her amazing pictures, and she’ll link you to another amazing photographer.  If you keep on going through the circle, you’ll find your way right back here.  I’m doing this all year.  If you missed my last Life Story, you can see it right here.

Hope to see you back here really soon!

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27 Comments:

  1. amy
    November 25, 2011
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    oh i love these!!! what a fun mom you are! looks like they had a blast!! love the way you captured the day!

  2. Kathleen Weibel
    November 25, 2011
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    So, so, so fun!!! I love what you captured.

  3. Jessica Deane
    November 25, 2011
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    I adore the twister shots!!! so cool man! Great job Lmo!

  4. Jen Snyder
    November 25, 2011
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    You are amazing and inspiring. I love these!

  5. Bree
    November 25, 2011
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    I want to come play with your kids!! What a fun day and I love seeing the different dynamics throughout the day…so….normal. hee hee.

  6. Amber
    November 25, 2011
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    Your stories always leave me smiling!! Your perspective always blows me away! LOVE

  7. Kate Craft
    November 25, 2011
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    I want to come over for a play date …looks like a great time!!

  8. Kristin
    November 25, 2011
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    I love these Laura! The images tell such a great story, and you can see that their friendship is so special! Great job!!

  9. Danielle
    November 25, 2011
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    These are fantastic! I love them and I love your use of angles!

  10. beth
    November 25, 2011
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    Go girl.. just amazing as usual. never disappoint… :)

  11. Barbara Hurst
    November 25, 2011
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    You are just so much fun Laura and your photography really shows that.

  12. Verity
    November 25, 2011
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    I was so looking forward to your Story this month and absolutely loved it! I love how you captured childhood friendships – perfectly!

  13. Amy
    November 25, 2011
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    what a fun day!!!

  14. Nancy W
    November 25, 2011
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    Ummm, when can I come hang out for a day? These are fantastic! So fun!

  15. Claire Hunter
    November 26, 2011
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    I love this Laura!! What a fantastic way to show love. It makes me want to go and call my best friend. By the way, love the snowman ornament idea.

  16. Audrey
    November 26, 2011
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    I love how you captured this day Laura. I can almost hear the laughter from playing twister and all the sillyness that was in this day.

  17. Krissy Allori
    November 26, 2011
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    You blow me away. Your creativity is inspiring. I’m going to fly you up to Portland so you can take photos of my family. We have the standard portraits where we’re all looking at the camera, but I want photos where you can feel what we’re like. You have the amazing ability to make someone feel something with a still photograph. Seriously – your talent blows me away.

  18. Rachel Aberle
    November 27, 2011
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    You are the playdate queen! So much fun!

  19. Kelly Mack
    November 27, 2011
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    What fun memories. Love all of these

  20. Clarice
    November 27, 2011
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    Laura these are so awesome! I really love these so much!! You are so inspiring!! Keep on doing what you are doing girl!!

  21. Taryn Chrapkowski
    November 28, 2011
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    These are so playful and fun, love them all!

  22. Carrie
    November 29, 2011
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    Love love love these! How cool is that chalkboard?? How cool are these photos? The kids will look back on these with such fondness. What a gift!

  23. Leah Jent
    November 29, 2011
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    These are beautiful and I love them. Your kids are going to treasure these when they are older. You show how childhood is magical. Love!

  24. Gail
    December 04, 2011
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    Laura – you are the most incredible storyteller – with both your words and with your camera!!!! Awesome, simply awesome!


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