Celebrating the Art of Photography on World Photography Day. Photography is a way to preserve and record our experiences so we can look back at them time and time again.
I literally grew up around cameras and photographs; my father is an avid landscape photographer and has some amazing pictures under his belt. As a result of always having a camera on hand we have so many family portraits that, some that a cringe to look at (pre-teen years), but it’s really great to thumb through pictures and literally go back in time.
As I grew older I became interested in the craft so my parents bought me my very first 35mm, it was a Minolta and I was ecstatic. I loved the idea of being able to create my own amazing pictures, and would often get frustrated they didn’t come out as amazing as his. But loved having a camera, and I loved spending time and having that one thing in common – photography.
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey
When it was time to go to college I explored the idea of attending a photography school to improve my craft I still loved it and even at that age I was fascinated with food photography and still photography. Landscape wasn’t my thing and still isn’t but I’m in awe at the beauty my father can find even in my own backyard. I would look through the Brooks Institute of Photography catalog every day really wanting to apply, but I just couldn’t convince my family or myself that it was the BEST option for my future, I can’t even remember if I even expressed my interest to my parents. Probably not.
Fast forward to my transition into motherhood and my exploding interested in photography. I purchased my first DLSR camera in 2007 via a loan from my parents to capture the special moments of the kids that I kept missing with the slow point and shoot. But I didn’t only capture my children; I sought after flowers and other small objects. I gravitated towards old doors and textures, I love textures. As my craft improved I ventured into capturing portraits of other kids and families and I found myself following in love with recording relationships and interactions. You know the gentle kiss mom gives when you are sad, or the laugh that comes only from your husband’s jokes.
I also love head shots – I know as strange as it sounds because sometimes they are so basic. But my favorite part about them is the one on one relationship you have with your client. The way you can connect with them and get them to relax after each click of the shutter. And grabbing that one shot that leaves them in awe of their own beauty.
I love photography.
And today is World Photography Day and even though there is only a few hours left of August 19th I encourage you to upload and celebrate World Photography Day with me. I chose the picture above because it is by far my favorite pictures of Miss M, and even though it might not be technically correct it showcases her in a way that makes me smile even though she is not.
I love photography. I thank my father for introducing me into a world that allows me to express myself in a way that words can’t.