Last fall, Wyokiddo asked to play soccer. Quite frankly, I was a bit stunned. She isn’t a huge fan of sports and hasn’t really expressed an interest in them before. But we signed her up. She loved it so much, she’s playing again this spring.
I take photos at her games for a few reasons. One, it’s good practice at some action photography shots. And two, it keeps me from getting too intense.
Yes, I’m one of those parents. Or I would be if I didn’t make a conscious effort to keep my nose out of her on-field business. Every once in a while, I’ll slip and try to coach instead of encourage. But if I put a camera in my hands, I’m paying more attention to it than worrying about the performance of my kid. Which for this competitive mama, is a good thing.
Here’s hoping this technique lasts me for quite a while. Lord help me if the kid is ever good enough to play varsity.
These action shots are also a great way to practice some graphic design skills. I’m getting more experienced with Photoshop and the powers of digital design. If only parenting were as easy as turning on or off the layers of ourselves we don’t really want.