Thursday, August 13, 2009

Photostory Friday: Passing the Torch

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Once upon a time, I was the only photographer in the family. I was never in any family pictures, because I was always on the other side of the camera (well, that was one of the reasons...) But, this is no longer the case.

This week is the county fair. I love August, and I've always loved the fair. The fair means that the summer is not over, but it's certainly winding down. The days will get shorter, and cooler. The light in the sky is different in August -- it is a subtly lighter shade of blue. I never think of August without wild anticipation. And the only "obligation" I have in August is the county fair.

(Oh, and college football starts in three weeks -- but that's a different blog...)

Actually, the fair is not an obligation, but I've been submitting pictures for about eight years now, and I don't always (or usually) win big, but I do usually bring home some kind of little ribbon. I have to admit, I get a bigger kick out of eavesdropping on people who are admiring the entries.

Last year, I convinced my daughter Jordan to enter a couple of pictures, and she ended up placing higher than I did (I came in third place, she came in second -- yes we compete in different divisions).

And I've been hearing about it for a year.

This year not only did Jordan enter again, but my sister-in-law Pam entered a picture as well. We're taking over! And now, I'm sure you're dying to know the results:

Pam's entry:

3rd place!!!!

My entry #1:

3rd place!!!

My entry #2:

3rd place!

My entry #3:

3rd place.

(I seem to have plateaued)

Jordan's entry #1:

3rd place!! (are you sensing a pattern?)

Jordan's entry #2:


Yes, she smoked me again. And she's pulling away. She actually had the graciousness (or guts, or nerve, or chutzpah) to say to me: "Better luck next year Dad."

I can't decide whether to be impressed or insulted. Especially when her picture bears a STRIKING resemblance to my big winner from two years ago:

You be the judge.


Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

OOO, I am so happy for all of you! All of the entries were fabulous! Jordan really took the sun coming through the rocks one? (I know there's a name for that place, you've talked about it before.)

Congrats to you all!! That's awesome!

Anonymous said...

How awesome! I love the humility shown by her! ha ha!

Congrats to you all for such great shots!

Kat said...

Such a talented family!!! That is awesome. All the pictures are gorgeous! You should be so proud. Clearly you are quite the inspiration. :)

Cecily R said...

Be impressed. Mighty impressed. Chip off the old block.

Every one of those shots are amazing.

tiarastantrums said...

Fantastic! I used to enter my "stuff" in fairs when I was a child/teenager (I was a 4-Her). Love all your family's photos and many congrats!

ps - thanks for the open armed return too a break over the summer

Maggie May said...

You are really going to have to watch Jordon! She has great talent! I wonder who she takes after!
I love that photo of the three walking over the bridge. Should have got a first!

david mcmahon said...

Fantastic result for the clan!

tammi said...

Haha, that's awesome!!! Too funny that your winning pictures are so similar! You must be so proud, though! She's clearly inherited your artist's eye. Great pictures ~ ALL of you!!

Steph said...

Awww, that is just too cute! I love the family of photographers and you are all EXCELLENT! I can't believe you only got 3rd place on those... seriously.
Good job all!

We entered our goat in the fair this year, and he came away with Best in Show! Wow!

Emily said...

Like father, like daughter for sure! You should quit your job and you and Jordan should go into the photography business together!

The start of college football is the only reason I ever want summer to end!

kayerj said...

I think you must be an inspiration to Jordan. Oh and the pictures are nice too.

Robyn said...

Hey, she learned everything she knows from you:) Great Photos all round.

Wayne said...

I really love that last picture , great photo friday

Sandi McBride said...

Every one of them are quite wonderful but the 1st one with the babies on the bridge? 1st place in my opinion!
congrats on Post of the Day mention!!!

Brian Miller said...

ha. that was awesome. first place in heart. beautiful pics.

{krista} said...

Ah, she totally deserved it! Our county fair was last week, I didn't have time to enter anything, but I wish I would have taken the time to do it anyway.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

She is following in your footsteps! Best form of flattery is imitation! :)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I sense jealousy.....

Susan said...

Wow! Congratulations to all of you but especially Jordan. How exciting for her to do so well two years in a row. But even more wonderful is that she obviously looks up to you and your abilities.