It’s Not The Camera: Time With My Children

Chicago Child Photographer Marianne Drenthe“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”  ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

The day was warm, thick with humidity.  The frogs were making noise in the canal we rode alongside.  The path was open, free from any fellow bikers or runners or humans taking their canine companions for a walk.  The sun hung low in the sky, the small gnats made their best attempt at halting our passage further down the canal towpath (time & time again).  My daughter, outfitted in her best hot pink helmet pedaled her pink bike faster than the wind – trying to prevent my passage to get in front of her.  Giving up I took my iPhone out of my pocket and shot several frames (nearly falling as I precariously balanced myself on my bike, my balance better than it has been but not nearly as good as in my days of riding my bike hands free).  I received this image as a gift in return for my efforts.  Thank you iPhone, the simple tool that keeps on giving.

(no manipulation contributed to this effect – simply movement and focus)

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  • Corey Sewell - April 18, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Love it, Mare – and your post! It’s so important to capture those everyday moments with our families and I am so thankful for my iphone to help me do that on a whim.

  • Nichol Krupp - May 2, 2011 - 8:21 am


    LOVE THIS IMAGE. I have to agree with how many times and captures my iphone has contributed to with the spontaneous documentation of my children and life in general. Beautiful. I love the words that you put with the post as well. Made me smile over coffee. That is the good stuff.

  • Marianne - May 2, 2011 - 8:27 am

    awww, thanks Niki(& Corey). I love that the camera is with me, it’s taken my photo taking to a more spontaneous & fun level. Now to just print some of these gems!! 😀

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