The further I get into photography,
and the more I really think about the lasting effect of this profession can have on history, I get more and more excited. As I shoot different kinds of people, families, weddings, children, and of course my dogs, I try to keep in mind the kind of shots that I cherish now from my past and my families past. It isn't always the shots that are perfectly planned out with everyone looking at the camera and the kids smiling. Instead, I think it is more important that they tell a story, they give you some kind of context for what reality was in that moment. Here are some examples from my collection that inspire these kind of "moment in time" shots.
I mean, come on, who doesn't want a shot of their grandma having a snowball fight in a fur coat haha???!!!
So this is what I am saying: Don't be afraid of capturing those moments that may seem like they aren't the perfect moments, because life isn't perfect, and, maybe it's just me, but I want to be able to look at my families' albums and know I am getting a little taste of what their life actually was like. This is not to say that those really nice shots aren't important too, just that I think that the imperfect ones have value too! Here are a few that I think might fall into this category that I have done myself...just picture their children looking at these photos years from now..
If this post speaks to you and you're thinking, "Yeah, I want to take those kind of pictures!!!" but you don't know where to start, here are a few ideas:
- Get photos with you and the things you love (or your kids with their things) cars, toys, camera, house, first apartment, your favorite pair of shoes? Get creative
- I know it is usually a big no no in photography to have things in the background that don't aid in your shot, but sometimes, it makes for a great snapshot of that time. For example, pop cans or decorations around the house, that in 30 years will show the era of the time (this one kind of goes hand in hand with the suggestion above.
- Take candids of everyday events, ones that don't usually merit a photo. . the kids bringing mom breakfast in bed, your man cooking in the kitchen, Dad mowing the lawn, walking the dog, working in the office...I mean, the list is endless.
Look through all your old photos and figure out why you love them, I think you will be surprised that it's not usually because they were perfect.
I hope you're inspired and it makes you smile. It's almost Friday!!