I have always loved photos, I love how you can capture a moment and revisit it as often as you like. I love beautifully designed, well captured, interesting photos but I also love ordinary everyday photos. The mess, the emotion, the sometimes fuzzy raw daily life we all live because lets be honest most of our lives are not always photo perfect but they are no less photo worthy.
Throughout my younger years I always had a camera in hand and I became the unofficial photographer of my group of friends. Oh how they moaned when I took out my camera and yet today we all treasure those photos as if they were worth their weight in gold. Well they are, they capture our youth, our innocence, our memories. I had a film camera back then so the image we took was exactly what we got. No filters, no editing apps, just us- imperfectly perfect us.
Becoming a mom developed my love for photography on a different level, I now felt a responsibility to capture and document my children’s lives, their milestones, their days – the good and the bad. I think it makes me a better mom, I look for the good or humorous in otherwise not so fun situations. I see their reactions and facial expressions differently. I try to capture their personalities through images thereby appreciating the little people they are becoming. I live consciously in the moment looking for memories or moments to freeze forever.
I bought myself a DSLR camera in 2013 and set out to figure my way out of auto mode. I am still learning (and mostly still stuck in auto), I plan to share my (limited) knowledge with you as I go along.
My daughter has taken an interest in photography (I can literally hear my heart singing when I say this). I gave her my old camera and she loves it. The camera has since started with technical difficulties – which resulted in emotional difficulties for my daughter!! Hoping to get her snapping away again soon.
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Its mostly pictures of my kids, but honestly they hog most of my day, time and energy anyway! Plus they are absolutely gorgeous (that’s a biased mom opinion right there!)