So we’re a couple weeks into this new year and so far things are going good with my new Challenge. I don’t think I’ve taken anything prize-wining (lol) but the point is I have been taking them. Each and every day and intentionally. Looking for the little moments that are meaningful and and special to capture. That is one definite upside to this challenge, that once I actually get off my lazy backside and pick up my camera, I am pushed to look through the lens and seek out something to photograph.
When I said in my last post that I intend to be more intentional behind the shutter, I meant doing more than just clicking a snapshot to get the challenge done. It means taking a few moments to a few minutes to focus my mind and take in the scene around me and find the photo instead of just making it. It’s in doing this that I’ve been able to capture some special moments with my littles that may have passed me by had I not been so mindful of them in our surroundings. For example, this shot below of my son Ben. We were just getting ready to head to daycare so things were (as usual) rushed, except for Ben who was his silly playful self. In stopping to take a deep breath before I lost my top at his dawdling, I saw how perfectly the room was lighted and how happy he looked.
Then, after taking the photo and sitting back later on to review it, it caught me how much he’s grown these last two and half months since his sister was born and how hes looking more and more like a boy and less like a baby. (Cue tears). And this is exactly what drew me to photography in the first place. Being able to capture these mini moments in between the big ones that too often pass us by or are forgotten in the chaos of our lives.
Right now especially, even though our baby girl is already two months old, I still feel like I’m in a bit of a ‘new baby fog’ and haven’t quite found my sea legs as a SAHM of two (two under two for that matter!). So this challenge has a secondary perk in that it helps me to not just stop and focus for a minute on the life in front of me, but also in that it captures our daily life which I may not be able to remember a year or ten from now. Mindfulness and gratitude take practice and so far this challenge is helping me keep them both in focus.
Ok folks, another year is already soon upon us, though I’m finding it hard to believe! This past one has been a bit of a crazy year for me, book-ended by a new job and a new baby but has given me new motivation to get behind the shutter more intentionally.
So, to that end, I am going to start again and focus 2018 on a 365 challenge (which is a photo a day for the next year), as well as building on my family photography portfolio. Some set shoots and some lifestyle shoots.
While it didn’t work out for me in 2017 to complete this challenge, I have high hopes for 2018 which I think are a little more realistic given my available time and energy lol. Not to mention the sweetest new subject in my ‘zoo’!
So cheers to you, to this last year of wonderful new beginnings, and to everything this next one has to offer us all!
This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and my sister asked me to do a family session to help mark my niece Marci’s first holiday with us! And the Taylors’ first family photo session :). Of course I was happy to oblige! During a holiday that is all about being thankful for the blessings in your life, a family photo shoot seemed appropriate.
It was a relatively short session as we did it before Thanksgiving dinner so the sun was a little higher than is optimal and the weather unseasonably warm for fall clothing lol. But all in all I think it went pretty well and we came out with some nice shots.
I was a little disappointed with the amount of grain in some of the shots (most of them to be honest). Because of where the sun was we did most of our posing in the shade to reduce the glare and squinting, but this led to a higher ISO than my camera can handle crisply. Still, despite that, I think with a little Lightroom assistance they were for the most part well finished.
Here are the finished album pieces for you to peruse and critique :). Enjoy!
A little more than a month ago, we welcomed a new wee one to the family, my niece Marci Marie. A week or so after her birth I traveled to her home about an hour away with the goal of doing some posed newborn shots.
I recently purchased a couple of specialty posers and this would be my first real chance to try them out and practice using them. We didn’t have a lot of time at this ‘shoot’ as she had a check up planned for that same afternoon but working shift work and having a little one at home myself meant we had to make it work!
While I didn’t get quite the variety of shots I was hoping for (and the posers proved to be a little more challenging than I had hoped they’d be!), I think I did get a few winners in the bunch. Marci is a tall girl at 23″ and wasn’t much of a fan of laying on those long knees, pushing herself off the posers and actually flipping herself onto her back more than once lol. So in the end I was only able to use them properly for a handful of shots and then moved on to my more comfortable style of lifestyle photography instead. Always a winner or two there.
Check them out for yourself below and let me know in the comments what you think. Suggestions and constructive critiques are, as always, welcome!
Well…. 5 months between posts; I think it’s safe to say that my 2017 ‘365’ challenge has already failed. Spectacularly in fact. For those of you who have forgotten, the challenge was a photo a day for the entire year.
Although, I’m gonna cut myself some slack here since around the time of my last post (where for those of you following along I was already struggling!), we had a rash of illness in our household that lasted for weeks, I went back to work, and found out I was pregnant again! Cue morning sickness, Diclectin dependency, and exhaustion mixed with a healthy dose of toddler. It was a rough few months to say the least. By the time the first trimester fog cleared I had already moved on from this challenge and decided this was probably not the best year for it lol! Realistically there was no catching up. But maybe 2018 will be better for it. Ill be home with two under two trying to keep myself from going mad. It might be a saving grace!
Here’s a little glimpse into our spring and summer 2017:
But, even though I’ve not been working on any particular ‘goals’ per say – like a challenge, I’ve still been doing a little bit of shutter-bugging here and there as my energy and time have allowed. While most have been mostly just personal family snapshots (like the ones above), I did have a couple opportunities to try something new. In June there was a jazz and blues fest here locally that teamed up with a classic car show for some downtown fun which we took in as a family. It gave me a good chance to dust off my lenses and try out some new angles and explore colour in a fun way. Here are some samples from that work.
So while my portfolio hasn’t grown a whole lot in the last 6 months, there’s always a few good shots buried in the files somewhere! And probably a few more still hanging out on my memory card waiting for some attention!
So sickness continues to plague our household- this is just not our winter! But we had a very welcome day of respite earlier this week when a warm front came through and the furbaby and I were able to get into the woods together for a little quality hike! And, to catch up on almost a week’s worth of pictures!
I’ve improved a little bit this past week with trying to prioritize my 365 day photo challenge as my shutter saw a little more action, but then of course the second (or was it third?) round of annual winter plague hit our house – this time taking down all three of us. So I’ve plateaued a little again. But, official springtime is only 24 days away so a few more deep breaths ought to do it.
With my little one starting day care a couple weeks ago (hence the newest plague), and me now back to work but doing shift work instead of my old 9-5, I find myself at home with some free time during the best parts of the day for photography – the ‘golden hour’. While typically when people say the ‘golden hour’ they’re referring to that gorgeously lit time just prior to sunset, I think it can also be used to describe the opposite side of the scale just after a bright sunrise. Dropping the wee one off very early has given me the chance this past week to follow the light around my house, and (as you’ll see next week), around the village a little too.
February 26 is Day 57 of 2017 so despite our bumps so far, we’re not too bad off. Here are my ‘submissions’ for days 45-51.