They say the apple never falls far from the tree. So far, through my own life’s experiences, I can tell you that’s pretty accurate. Caedmon will be 5 years old in December. The moment he was born I knew he was going to be a lot like me. Stubborn. Hard headed. Strong willed. Absolutely gorgeous. *wink. In addition to these fine characteristics, he seems to have picked up my love for art and photography. He has been drawing since he was 2 years old. Like really drawing. I never really noticed how advanced his artistic skills were until we enrolled him in preschool when he was 3 years old. That first week of school his teacher asked all of the children to draw a portrait of themselves. The majority of the kids in his class just scribbled random lines and squiggles. But Cade, man that kid has an eye for detail. He drew a perfect representation of himself. Obviously I’m not talking about a Vincent Van Gogh piece of art, but perhaps more of a Picasso. You know, a little crooked and abstract. But all of the details were there. The head, the hair on top of the head, the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the body with arms and legs, and even the feet and shoes. I was so proud when I saw his Picasso self up there on the wall with 30 other scribbles and lines. So, it really should have been no surprise to me when I discovered Cade also has a knack for photography. Recently he has taken a liking to our little point and shoot (gasp! yes, the professional photographer carries a point and shoot … don’t tell anyone) camera and has been taking tons of pictures every day. I love it when he grabs the camera and goes off on his own creative adventure then comes back half an hour later and shows me what he photographed. I have even caught him on occasion staging a mock photoshoot with his prized teddy bear, and following his little brother around saying things like “hmmmmm, I think I like this angle better.” It makes my heart overflow seeing him want to be like his mama, and at the same time developing his own artistic eye and expressions. So without further ado … I present to you … the works of Caedmon. Enjoy!
Cade has mastered the self portrait. This is what I found on my iPhone after a recent trip to Disneyland.
This next photo made me smile when I saw it because it reminded me so much of the one I took myself on my iPhone a couple months ago (the image below this one is the one I took) … great minds think alike.
Here Cade has set up a portrait studio for his teddy bear (Princess Leia). Note the smiley face made out of fruit. Always the comedian.
These next images had me floored. All of these photos are 100% straight out of the camera. The only thing I did was resize and sharpen for the web. The photos below show Cade’s eye for composition and perspective. This is something that can’t be taught. You feel it. I know I’m biased, but this is pretty incredible work for a 4 year old with a point and shoot.
This one made me smile too. He was swinging on our back patio. As a mom, I try not to think about how he managed to take a photo while swinging at the same time. lol. But, I love his toes, and the carefree emotion of this image. Childhood at it’s finest.
A child’s creativity is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. No inhibitions. no fear of what other people will think, no self doubts. I can’t wait to see how Cade’s love for photography and art evolves over the years. It will be nothing short of amazing, I’m sure.