It's amazing what a game of chase will do.

The challenge this week is "Home."  Shooting this week was much easier than last week, I didn't have a sick kid to deal with.  I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone in my first attempt to capture the concept of "home."  80% of the pictures I have taken, since taking up this little hobby, are pictures of The Boy.  I thought that I would use my flash again and take some pictures of The Boy.  

Good idea, right?  Continue to learn to use flash and get cute pictures of the boy.  Of course, I ran into some issues.  The first is that I made a basic mistake.  I didn't change the settings for the camera from the last time I used it when I was shooting snow.  Fortunately I fixed that pretty quickly.  The other issue is that The Boy was not interested in sitting for a portrait.  He just wanted to watch one of his annoyingly loud kids educational show (seriously, can Dora get any more annoying?).  He did let me shoot away while he watched TV.  I just didn't get anything that I was happy with.  The issue was with the photographer, not the subject.  Then when I went to process the pictures I realized they were all underexposed.  Using a flash is not easy.  I struggled with setting the flash at a high enough power level to properly light the scene without washing everything out.  The more I learn about photography the more I realize I know very little and the more impressed I am by those that are able to consistently get good pictures.

Why yes Dora, I'll say Swiper no swiping.

Why yes Dora, I'll say Swiper no swiping.

There are three apples, Dora.

There are three apples, Dora.

No more pictures daddy!

No more pictures daddy!

All was not lost.  I had an ace up my sleeve.  We had some good friends of ours coming over on Saturday for dinner.  They have a little girl that's a month older than The Boy.  I grew up with the husband.  We went to elementary school, middle school, and high school together.  We were also in Boy Scouts together.  While we were never really close growing up we got along well.  We reconnected when we were in the same birthing class with our very pregnant wives.  We found out that they have a lot of the same interests (food!) and live in the same neighborhood as we do.

It had been a very long time since we had gotten everyone together so we were all looking forward to getting together.  I had gotten very cute pictures of the kids together in the past so I knew that I would have a good chance of getting some great shots.  As I rolled out the dough,  the adults talked and the kids fought and cried and got along as toddlers prone to do.  Because I was covered in dough and flour I wasn't able to get any pictures until after dinner.

Reliving his childhood with Lincoln logs.

Reliving his childhood with Lincoln logs.

The adults joking around after desert.

The adults joking around after desert.

We were trying to figure out how the kids could get along after their latest tousle over some of The Boy's toys when the idea of "Chase" came up.  The Boy calls it "Run."  As all toddler games go the rules are simple.  One kid runs and the other chases the first kid until the first kid is caught.  Wash, rinse, repeat with sometimes changing up who is doing the chasing.  This was magical.  No more crying or fighting.  They got along fantastically, and I got some REALLY cute pictures.

You can barely see the girl's foot in the frame as the blur of The Boy chases after her.

You can barely see the girl's foot in the frame as the blur of The Boy chases after her.

He caught her!

He caught her!

A perfect moment between the two friends.

A perfect moment between the two friends.

So for this week I submitted the picture above.  You can see my submission here.  It's a picture I really love.  The kids are unaware of, or ignoring, me and sharing a moment while they are framed by the hallway.  Capturing moments like this is why I really love photography.

Of course we had to get a picture of them together.  For reference the first one is when they were 3 months (The boy) and 4 months (the girl) old.

The Boy is on the left and the girl is on the right.  Aw... they look like their holding hands...

The Boy is on the left and the girl is on the right.  Aw... they look like their holding hands...

Here they are today at 3 1/2 years old.

Actually holding hands this time.

Actually holding hands this time.

The night was a lot of fun.  Good friends, food, and a few good photos of the kids.