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Thursday, April 17, 2008

I spy something expensive

This week's challenge for we spy: you spy was to find something expensive. Now, I suppose I have a few expensive things around the house but mostly I don't. So what I thought of was Bria's violin.

And when I say that her violin is expensive, I don't mean just the instrument itself. I include the instrument purchases (we've bought her two violins so far) and rentals (we rented for a year or two before we bought the first one), the music books and CD's, 4 1/2 years of private lessons, the group lessons, and all the other little things like rosin and cleaning cloths and festival entry fees and lots of performance bribes. All said, I would estimate we've spent upwards of 6,000 dollars on Bria's violin. And she's only 7! Imagine what the tally will be when she's 18, because we're not letting her quit until then. All the moolah is definitely worth it though.

So, instead of playing the piano for her this morning, I documented her practice session with my camera. And I was very glad, because it's been a long time since I photographed her playing. (Don't you love how her shirt says "It's all about me!" I think it's pretty apropo given how much money I just figured I've spent on her music.)

This first one is my favorite. I love how her bow hand is blurry with her fiddling (she was practicing a fiddle song here called Devil's Dream).

Going for a shallow depth of field here:
And deep in concentration, working on Handel's Bouree:

17 comments :

  1. You know I feel your pain when it comes to this topic. Ryanna's lessons are over $100 a month and that doesn't include her or my rental which adds another $40 and like you said, there's the group lessons which are not included in that fee and driving her there, getting a sitter for Owen, etc. etc. I too agree it's worth the cost to see what the gain from the talent. It's wonderful for them to have this opportunity. I only wish I knew how to play myself, so I could teach her. Oh yeah, I need to have the patience of a saint as well I'm learning.

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  2. great shots!!!
    such a great gift you are giving her...would like to do this for my kids too!
    (great take on the expensive spy too :)

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  3. That is awesome!! I love the pictures, and do not how you do it all!!! I am impressed with your dedication to Bria taking the violin!

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  4. She will thank you for it someday, right??? Great pictures, btw!

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  5. I'm glad you didn't play this morning so you could get those shots. Not only are they great shots, it's fun to have this stuff documented. :)

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  6. How very awesome! Our Kody is playing the alto sax ... and he is most handsome playing it as it just seems to 'fit' ... your daughter is just lovely!
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  7. when she goes to julliard will you credit me as her very first teacher and the reason for her success??

    she looks great. and i wouldn't worry...by the time she's 18 she won't want to quit.

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  8. I can't get past the pictures..amazing Lara! I wish my pictures were as good as yours! In 20 years she will be so grateful you took the time to take these pictures of her! AMAZING work!

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  9. I agree with everyone! Gorgeous pictures and what a neat thing to look back on as she keeps progressing.

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  10. That first one is my favorite also! She looks great!

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  11. I am so proud of you Lara, for sticking with Bria and her violin and for developing your own talents to document her! I am so proud of Bria for practicing every day, even when it is hard. She will grow into a very disciplined girl with a great talent for playing an piece of wood and strings and making beautiful music! I hope all of my grandchildren continue the legacy of good music in their lives and developing their God-given talents! But it always takes their mothers!

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  12. http://photoshoptutorials.ws/
    a great site with great tutorials! maybe you know about it, but just in case... maybe it helps :).

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  13. Love the photos! Love them!! I love her expression (and whatever Photoshop-stuff you did to it) in the third one, and I love the depth of field in the second one, and love the angle in the first one. :)

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  14. I love the pictures! And you're right -- that is definitely expensive, but so worth it!

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  15. Those are great photos, Lara. And it's a great gift you're giving Bria; I can attest to that fact as the recipient of such a gift.

    When I was around 12, my dad commissioned an artist he knew to paint me playing the violin for a gift to my mom. Luckily I didn't have to sit for it; he based it on a photograph. I have no idea how my dad paid for that -- probably lots of bartering involved -- but the beautiful painting still hangs in my parents' living room, even 20 years later.

    Tell Bria that Book 2 is the BEST! And then when she gets to Book 3, tell her it's the BEST! Every book is the best when you're in the middle of it!

    Sorry for the novel!

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  16. Gorgeous pictures!!!! Until she's 18, huh?

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  17. what a great spy and what a great gift you have afforded her. LOVE those pictures :)

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