I have always loved taking pictures. Ever since junior high, I've snapped shots of friends and family. At our senior prom when they had the ever popular slide show of pictures through the years, most of them were provided by me. When I put together the scrapbook for my grandma's 80th Birthday, I had tons of pictures already in my spare bedroom to work with from the past 20 years.
I took a photography class about eight years ago. I didn't learn much by way of aperture and shutter speed. The guy didn't explain it well and frankly I was just confused. I still need to do a lot of learning in that category. He did however give us interesting assignments that helped me learn how to keep an eye out for good TEXTURE in a picture, good LINES, good use of COLOR, etc. I had some pretty good shots from that class.
For now I'm a point-and-shoot kinda girl and then I tweak the picture in my little photo program. I'd like to get a DSLR camera and some lenses, learn how to use them, and get Photoshop Elements (because there's no way I can afford the full photoshop program)!
The reason for this post is that recently I've been itching to start photographing with an end purpose in mind again. I want to go get "That picture" that I've been waiting to snap... a certain shot with just the right color sky, a little photo session with the girls at a great spot that I've scoped out, etc. I decided this year to do the girls' birthday pictures (which I'll post some of below). I uploaded a few to the Walmart 1-hour photo lab today and picked them up when I was grocery shopping. And I was floored and flattered and thrilled when the photo girl said "I need a copyright release from the photographer on these..." and I, slightly shocked, said "I'm the photographer!". I was so excited.
In case you didn't know, I really really like words of affirmation and positive feedback ;) I like to know that people are actually paying attention to me or something I do sometimes, and not just when I trip over the sidewalk or pluck out a grey hair.
So here are some of the pictures I did over the girls the last few weeks. What do you think?
Brooke's 6-year pictures
Hannah's 2-year pics. She's not quite as cooperative as Brooke!
This one I took of our Pastor on Easter morning. I thought it just looked like such a perfect, serene, symbolic picture... it was a great moment and I'm glad it turned out so good!
I'm no professional and don't assume I ever will be, but I do hope to find time to hone my skills some more to continue to get great shots of those I love, and things I think are gorgeous. It makes for good home decor....!