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    Kids - nobody told me it would be this hard...on me or my photography trips!

    I feel wounded.

    I'm blessed to have my two young kids - at one point we thought we wouldn't be able to have any. But my god, they're sapping the life out of me. Pre-kids, I used to go to work all week and then get up early at the weekends with my cameras and try and capture some early morning shots out in the great outdoors. I loved it - the morning air, the peace, the sounds of nature and of course the light. But these days (one 4 year old, one 1.5 yrs old), I'm that exhausted at the end of a day that the prospect of ruining my sleep-in the next day (and by sleep-in, I mean 07:00...no later than that unfortunately, no matter what the day of the week is) to get out and capture some photos just doesn't do it anymore. I can't fatham the strength.

    I feel that with the exception of holiday periods, my days of adventure are behind me...at least until they are old enough to come with me and trek 15 miles. So about another 9 years then!

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    Welcome to parenthood!

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    p.s. There are so many great things about kids. The secret is re-establishing the priorities! Welcome to parenthood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ted_smith View Post
    I feel wounded.

    I'm blessed to have my two young kids - at one point we thought we wouldn't be able to have any. But my god, they're sapping the life out of me. Pre-kids, I used to go to work all week and then get up early at the weekends with my cameras and try and capture some early morning shots out in the great outdoors. I loved it - the morning air, the peace, the sounds of nature and of course the light. But these days (one 4 year old, one 1.5 yrs old), I'm that exhausted at the end of a day that the prospect of ruining my sleep-in the next day (and by sleep-in, I mean 07:00...no later than that unfortunately, no matter what the day of the week is) to get out and capture some photos just doesn't do it anymore. I can't fatham the strength.

    I feel that with the exception of holiday periods, my days of adventure are behind me...at least until they are old enough to come with me and trek 15 miles. So about another 9 years then!

    I doesn't get any easier Ted when they get older, and when they become teenagers they'll tell you brought them up all wrong, but you never stop being a parent and worrying about them no matter how old they get, our sons are middle aged and we still worry.
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    RE: Kids - nobody told me it would be this hard...on me or my photography trips!

    Sleep is overrated. There will plenty of time to sleep when you are dead. Until then, it sounds like you have the opportunity to work on your candid shots and decisive moment photography. Take as many as you can, because they are like sunsets. Those fun years will be gone before you know it. Enjoy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ted_smith View Post
    I feel wounded.

    I'm blessed to have my two young kids - at one point we thought we wouldn't be able to have any. But my god, they're sapping the life out of me. Pre-kids, I used to go to work all week and then get up early at the weekends with my cameras and try and capture some early morning shots out in the great outdoors. I loved it - the morning air, the peace, the sounds of nature and of course the light. But these days (one 4 year old, one 1.5 yrs old), I'm that exhausted at the end of a day that the prospect of ruining my sleep-in the next day (and by sleep-in, I mean 07:00...no later than that unfortunately, no matter what the day of the week is) to get out and capture some photos just doesn't do it anymore. I can't fatham the strength.

    I feel that with the exception of holiday periods, my days of adventure are behind me...at least until they are old enough to come with me and trek 15 miles. So about another 9 years then!

    I've got a beautiful daughter, born 6 weeks ago. Since then, she's been with me on a couple of short photography outings. Instead of my usual remote country landscape shots we went to places nearer the car. Beaches are good too - I'm planning a small series on a beach in the northwest highlands over the coming year, to be printed platinum if all goes according to plan. Easy walk in, and my wee beauty will be with me...

    I've already got her infant carrier rucsac adapted to carry a tripod. From about 6 months time, it'll be longer walks - me, Ishbel, my trusty Mamiya 7. And a ready supply of nappies etc too...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ted_smith View Post
    ... I used to go to work all week and then get up early at the weekends with my cameras and try and capture some early morning shots out in the great outdoors. I loved it - the morning air, the peace, the sounds of nature and of course the light...
    Get a big dog. Grind your coffee the night before, lay out your pack and clothes. Then go out Saturday at 5:30 AM on tip-toes.

    You've easily got till 11 AM before anybody really misses you...

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    My youngest is a junior in college. My middle child is married and lives 6 hours away. My oldest lives in New Zealand. If we didn't have skype, my wife and I would only get to see her once every other year. I really miss those days when all three children were underfoot, interrupting my sleep, demanding my time, keeping me from going out to photograph. Oh, well, hopefully it won't be too long until I have grandchildren to spoil. I understand grandchildren make great subjects to photograph.

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    Ha, yep, my portrait shots have increased exponentially since having kids. It's generally easier (and often better!) to photograph their faces than it is a landscape.

    I love having them...don't get me wrong. When I posted earlier, I'd had an entire day of constant whines, cries and whinges and I reminiced for a moment of when I shot landscapes often in the peace. But I wouldn't change it for the world.

    As for a dog - I used to have three! I took them out with me on my adventures. Unfortunately, they have all since died. The attached was the last to go - my 16 year old cross-lab\setter. Died in the summer :-(

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    A good quote I heard is that with kids you are always living in the present.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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