Special Dinner Night – Telling the Story

At our house we have family dinner.  It’s a big deal around here, especially for Lucy.  It’s her favorite.  (I think it might be mine too.)

Usually family dinner is reserved for those nights when all 4 of us are home but the other night I had some produce that was going to turn so I decided that even though Chris was working late, we would have family dinner (minus daddy).  

Lucy thought this was a fine idea…it inspired her in a great way!

Check out her handiwork:  (All of the things you see here were arranged and gathered by Lucy, all by herself!  Watch out Martha Stewart!)














This was night that brought out the best in our Lucy girl.  She shined!  She brought a whole new element to family dinner…the next night she added menus to our place settings and insisted on making sure we used the flowers for the center piece again.  It was fun to watch her thrive in this very significant task.  

I know you have those moments all the time!  So I wanted to share with you how I go about thinking through these kinds of pictures.  Here we go!

1.  First, I try to recognize when something is happening that I want to remember.  I force myself to really articulate why I am drawn to in that moment and what I want to remember.  On this night, I wanted to remember Lucy’s creative thinking, her independance, and her flair for the dramatic.  

2.  I am never afraid to tell just part of the story.  I included no pictures of “dinner” because it wasn’t important.  Lucy setting the table, well, that’s the story I wanted to tell!

3.  I try to tell the story by using my 5 senses…what did it look like, smell like, feel like, sound like, taste like…Then, snap away and try to get images that record those things.  What were the important textures?  What were the sounds?  For me, it was the metal napkin rings and the leafy flowers.  It was hearing the kids pray (they pray at the same time, super cute!!) I wanted to capture images that took me right back to the experience so that I wouldn’t ever loose that moment.

4.  Finally, I select images to save/showcase that tell the story so that you don’t need any text.  Anybody ever read Good Night Gorilla?  It’s a wordless board book for children…it doesn’t have any words but tells a complete story.  It’s a wonderful example of how to tell a story just through pictures.  

I’d love to see the images you captured of your favorite family event.  E-mail them to me at sara@saragoetzphotography.com  




February 21, 2009 - 8:10 pm

Rebecca - I’ve been waiting for these – and they were worth it. Enjoyed seeing the photos of your special moment.

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