Last week we had a great summer downpour. It was one of those hot, humid summer days when in the late afternoon the sky just opened up and dropped large, glorious rain for about 45 minutes. Not only did our lawns and plants need the water, but so did my girls. At the beginning of the storm they were on the front porch, protected from the rain, but still able to enjoy it. Over at our house were their two best buddies for the summer Jaeda and Britt. Sitting on the porch I saw Mia looking cute and I thought the light might be nice, so I went in and grabbed the camera.
I have taken enough photos of my girls that they don't really flinch when the camera comes out, but when I focused on Britt, she gave me a typical here-is-my-camera-smile pose. Cute enough, but definitely not natural.
I then made Olivia sit on the wall of the porch and tried to make a photo of her in front of the downpour. The rain was coming down so hard and our gutters are old enough and probably clogged with leaves that the rain was pouring over the sides and made it appear that it was raining even harder than it actually was.
Some how, one of the girls got the idea to go out in the rain and wave to Jaeda & Britt's mom who was looking out the door just two houses over. From there it was all over. The girls were out in the rain, laughing, squealing, running and having a great time.
The best shot of the day is the one of Britt where I was on our front porch and she was playing in the spillover from our gutters and loving life. If I have ever made a photograph that captures the pure personality of someone, this one of Britt is it. If you know Britt, you know this photo is her wonderfully vibrant personality. If you have never met her, well now you know.
I still had my camera in hand so I was playing around with trying to capture the rain, but none of them really did much for me. Although, I do find the birdbath photo somewhat interesting. As I was manually dialing in the correct settings to take some photos of the sky, when out of his house comes Jaeda and Britt's dad, Jon. Now Jon is a former NFL running back, so not someone who would typically walk around with a lacy parasol. But out he came with Britt's parasol, trying to protect himself from what, I could not tell. I swung around and clicked off a few photos, but forgot to change the exposure settings from the sky. The result, pure black. Oh well. Fortunately through the magic of Lightroom I was able to at least lighten it up enough to make it possible to keep the memory.