We absolutely loved this week’s theme of “Innocent Wonder”…it was beautiful to see it interpreted in so many amazing ways. We knew this was going to be a really broad theme that would allow for a lot of creativity and you all rocked it!
1st Place: cartwheel soup
This week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Kelle Hampton, said of this week’s Winner, cartwheel soup, I kept coming back to this photo for a number of reasons. I love the juxtapostion of two different emotions–the love and pride of the father against the innocent wonder of these wide, glassy newborn eyes. And I love that I get the feeling that neither one of these souls recognized their picture was being taken. It truly embodies the “Innocent Wonder” theme and made me really stop and stare. Whether it was purposeful or not, I love how most of the light in this photo is spilling right onto the face of this baby–where it belongs–with a little leftover that falls onto the daddy. Together, the elements and feeling in this photo work to make this image evoke raw emotion which is truly an accomplishment. Congratulations Cartwheel Soup!
2nd Place-skye snyder
I like the angle and perspective of this photo. I love the details from the chipped polish on the little girl’s fingernails to the suggestion of her mama’s presence crouched behind her in the background. It’s relatable in that most of us have seen this very look–this childlike curiosity and wonder for something new in nature–and the photo captures it well.
3rd Place-April belle
I love the soft light, the colors, the exuberence and energy that comes from this little girl’s face and stance. It represents the theme well. And I’ve think we’ve all been in this state of wonder before…where we honestly feel like throwing our hands up and yelling “I love my world!” If only we could look this cute doing it.
This is another one of those photos that just kept me staring for a minute at the screen. The light is beautiful, and I love that it captures that state of entrancement we get when we allow a child to pull us out of the unimportant to a gripping moment of “this here matters.” The theme of innocent wonder is represented not only by the baby but by privileged one holding that baby.
If these were my children, I’d have this blown up and hanging in their room. The focus is brilliant, and you totally get the feeling that the photographer “snuck up” on these beauties in a moment where they were lost in imagination. It embodies everything wonderful about childhood and wonder and reminds us all to have these kind of moments more often.
6th Place-montana megs
I smiled when I first saw this and couldn’t help but think that the moment it was snapped, the photographer had to look down at the screen and have a moment of victory…one of those “Holy Crap, I nailed it” moments. If only every parent could have this moment captured when a sibling first sees their new baby. The light is beautiful, the diagonal lines of the glass window add interest, the smile on the father and the way he’s holding the baby’s hand just melted me. It’s classic and beautiful.
7th Place-m and sj
You can’t even put words to the soulful look on this baby’s face. I love that the focus is purely the baby in this photo but there’s just enough elements of the father from his faint profile to the the new I.D. bracelet he’s wearing on that hand cradling the baby’s head to feel the connection and love between these two.
8th Place-follow my camera
This photo made me wish I could see what the other scene looked like–what she was looking at–and yet I can imagine exactly what it looked like. These eyes represent so purely “Innocent Wonder” and yet there’s a tiny bit of trepidation there as well which is often a part of wonder. I love the light, the reflection, the yellows, the fact that you can’t see her entire face, and I love the small glimpse of black eyed susans in the other window.
9th Place-capturing fireflies
This image brilliantly captures the innocent wonder theme. It’s effortless and reminds us all to never lose that sense of wonder. I love the way her hair is flying, the way it’s perfectly overexposed a bit on her hair to truly get the sense of sun and summer and warmth, and the way her eyes are closed in that moment of wonder. Gorgeous.
10th Place-jenny rain
I couldn’t put my finger on why I love this photo, but it makes me want to know more, and taking a photo that peaks your curiosity and makes you want to know more is an accomplishment. The perspective is beautiful, and the innocent wonder captured in this particular image is a little bit different–more calm, sober and mysterious than some of the others. I want to know who this child is, where it was taken, and what this child was seeing. It’s really beautiful.
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