exploring in the big, beautiful world

columbus documentary family photographer When I was this girl’s age, my summer days were spent outside.  I would ride my bike down the driveway until it banged into the garage (despite my dad’s vein popping near out of his head every time he caught me).  I’d head across the street to my friend Anna’s house.  We’d play outside until the neighbor’s mom would come out on her porch and yell “DOMMINIIIIIIQQUUUUUUE!” like she was an opera singer.  That was our signal to go home for dinner.  Possibilities were endless in the summer.  columbus documentary family photographer I recently watched a Nature Valley commercial where three generations of families were asked what they did all summer when they were kids.  The older and middle generations talked about playing outside, gardening, fishing, exploring; and the youngest generation talked about video games.  They brought some of their parents to tears.  One of the moms said, “I actually feel a little sad because I feel like he’s missing out on what’s out there in the beautiful world.”  Of course I know it’s a dramatic sampling they used, but it was fresh in my mind as I put this family’s post together. columbus documentary family photographer They are explorers of the universe.columbus documentary family photographer Their girls know how to play in the creek…columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer Splash in puddles…columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer Dance and sing in the forest…columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer Hang on trees…columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographer And look at the world around them with wonder.  columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographerAnd the best part?  They do it together as a family.  columbus documentary family photographer columbus documentary family photographerThey laugh and they play and they splash and they explore this world with beautiful open eyes.  We spent our time together at Highbanks, playing in the natural play area and jumping in the creek.  It was glorious.  Nature Valley, there’s hope!  This family right here!!!

If you are here in Columbus, and would like to try out one of these natural play areas, head here for more information about where to find them at each park.  If you’d like to head to a natural play area (or anywhere else!) with me along to document your family’s love and fun, tell me all about your ideas here!

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5 Comments

  1. These kids know what real childhood is all about! Beautiful photographs! Your work is amazing!

  2. What great memories! Love these!

  3. Sarah, you have really found your niche with children. What a wonderful ability to see their wiorld and express the emotions on the canvas of photography

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