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My granddaughter, Gabrielle, turned 16-years-old about 3 weeks ago.  In our world, that means she can now date and drive a car.  Two biggies for the worrying mom.  She doesn’t have a Driver’s License, yet — so no driving.  But within hours she had her first date invitation, to Homecoming.  (I remember my first date was also to Homecoming.  Logan High.  Back in the dark ages.)  But Gabrielle’s date is today!  An all day date! So, for warm-ups, we took pictures last night at Eagle Park and the Saratoga Springs Boat Dock in keeping with this week’s theme:  Away from Home — 10 minutes or so.

There are lots of things wrong with the above photographs.  I’ve mentioned some of them in the comments of the individual pictures.  But consider this, there is no such thing as a perfect picture.  It may look perfect — beauty is in the eye of the beholder — but to achieve one thing, some other thing has to be let go.  Photography is a give and take.  You keep some rules here so you can disregard rules there.  The brilliance is in knowing the right time for each.  That said, there are also many things done right in the above photos.  You can gauge the success of the session  primarily on the subject’s response.  If they had fun during the shoot and like the pictures, it was a roaring success.

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