Bar and bat Mitzvah Photography- by Shani Barel – Serving the Great Los Angeles Area » modern photography with a twist of sarcasm

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my mini me(s)

The next generation of ME

A lot has been written about raising children. I have many books about it, and I have read all the titles. Yes, I have great titles at home about what how when and why to do with the kids – and I have read bits and pieces of them which turns out to be even worse than not reading at all….And after almost seven years of this – (motherhood, that is) I can add my own piece and that is…that it really doesn’t matter how many books you don’t read, how many conversations you do have, how many plans you think about, at the end of the day – or years – the kids will turn out just like you. And here’s a thought – like photography – they are looking at you, at ME, and imprinting those images in their minds – and they watch and follow who I am with them, to them, to the people around me. And like photography – they can crop out what they see as a distraction, and enhance what they like and blur what they think is awful – and even with a subjective point of view- how they grow up is still a reflection of reality. So as I sit at my desk (“mommy’s working” ) I plan to make some changes – changes for the New Year. I am terrified to admit there are so many I want to make, and so many times I had tried – and failed – so why should this year be different? It might not- but I won’t stop trying! Because unlike our computers, the ones we use daily to communicate and the one I use to edit my images – in life, there’s no UNDO button….so on this note- Have a colorful, happy, healthy, lovely 2011!

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December 31, 2010 - 11:38 pm

Leonie - Love , love, love, love

January 1, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Emily - Each picture is more perfect than the next… and loved the post.

January 2, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Julie - You r so amazingly talented and your kids so beautiful and lovely. My parents cried when they got their book,

January 2, 2011 - 11:24 pm

shani - Julie – That’s what I like to hear – You know – don’t smile now…CRY !!!!!!

January 9, 2011 - 10:57 pm

amanda doublin - love the orange wall. love your cute kids. love your vintage cams. and love your words. :)

January 11, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Martha Angulo - Your work is fantastic!! Beautiful kids!!

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