Don’t believe me? Ask my husband. There’s a reason I’m the one with the roller and he’s doing all the cutting-in while we paint.
But I do occasionally notice important details, like this morning.
My son’s eyelashes. He has the best lashes in this house.
The freckles. They’re already getting more pronounced, but they’re still sweet and innocent. (and subtle, unlike the ones on MY face!)
The need for a haircut.
The innocence. He’s such a sweet, awesome little guy.
Now it’s your turn! Find something that may be a normal sight, but that you see with “new eyes” this week. It’s a great chance to use your macro lens if you have one (or macro setting on your camera), or your prime lens if you have one (I used my 50mm f/1.8 for this), but even without those, just capture some details before they’re gone!
Date posted: June 20, 2012 | Author: Charla | 1 Comment »
There’s always a lot of movement in summer. This week, why not take some time to photograph it??
Then don’t forget to come back and show us!
My daughters were in a ballet performance last weekend, and this was one of my favorite shots from the rehearsal the day before. I love how high she gets, and she got excited about how pointy her toes are. She’s a fabulous ballerina, already at 5!
June is a time of weddings, of graduations…both are new beginnings, but also the end of something.
For me, this year, June is a time of transition. We’re taking the first steps toward a big move out of state. It’s the end of this chapter of my life: the city where I had all three children, the state where I was born and got married, and the climate I’ve almost always experienced.
The first step of that is getting the house on the market. Taking pictures of the finished rooms is a chance for me to reminisce, on top of actually getting shots for the listing.
I hope you take the time to slow down and look back this week. And if you get a picture of that, please come share it with me! If you post it on your blog (hint, hint, dear cousin-of-mine), come back with a link!!!
But I think photographs would be even more important, if they could somehow bring the past back to life for us.
(I’ll believe that, anyhow, and not that pictures would be unnecessary because they didn’t mean anything to us without the memory there. Go with me, okay?)
So this week’s theme is “memories.”
This year we explained to the kids what Memorial Day is about, and then took them to see a parade. Everyone dressed in red,white and blue, and the kids all stood and saluted the military as they came by. Jasmine (7, not the one pictured here) told me after it, “today was a good day and a sad day, too.” I love that they have the tiniest little inkling how powerful it is, but also how much it can cost, to be an American!
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” (Greg Anderson)
This week’s challenge is to capture the journey. Whatever that means to you.
To me, this is best summed up in a collage of pictures of my husband’s experience on Sunday. My Christmas present to him last year was a 16-lap race car experience, and the date we booked back in January finally came!
As the path is a circle, this experience really is about the journey!!
This first image is of Lyndsi and Antonio at their reception. They were coming into the reception to their “victory” music and everyone is cheering them on, they whipped past me and I grabbed this shot of Antonio looking directly at the camera. It was unexpected and I wasn’t ready, but I grabbed it anyway. There is terrible motion blur, and it’s not even cropped with any type of forethought, but this photo has been Lyndsi’s profile picture on Facebook for a very long time. They love it. I love it. There’s this organic moment that’s real and captured in this photo that the bride and groom don’t ever want to forget. You can see how both of them feel at that very second and it’s perfect in its imperfection.
This second image is completely imperfect to a point where it frustrates me. I’m an underwater photographer as well and this is a photo of two girls, not one. Jessica is dressed as Poison Ivy, a villain in the Batman franchise, so she was playing the part of the bad guy. Joy and her were having a “battle” underwater, when they both floated to the top. I kept this image after much deliberation because I love the perfect expression on Jessica and her “no paparazzi” posture in her hand. It’s been one of my favorite underwater captures for a long time. If you keep pausing on an image that you think is imperfect, but something is there for you, listen to your gut. Or your heart. It’s a keeper if it keeps stopping you enough to wonder about it.
The third image is more personal, this shows that you should also shoot the imperfect moments in your life as well, to remember that not everything was picking strawberries and sunflares. This was taken 4 years ago with my little Canon Rebel on a walk, my two year old was behaving like only a two year old would and had a meltdown when he realized we were going back in from our walk. He threw himself down on the grass and just pitched a fit. And I shot it. Every little minute of that tantrum is documented for me to look back on and remember the trying times as well as the amazing ones. So this is Yorick… unabashedly Yorick.
I’m in the midst of taking pictures of the youngest ballet classes. I’m absolutely loving it. Even though I don’t know the girls, it’s fun to capture their personalities. And nothing is quite as cute as a 5-year-old in a leotard and skirt!
What’s your muse? I can’t wait to see a picture of what makes you happy!