Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How Did This All Happen?

I ordered some business cards for my little photography obsession a while back and they came yesterday.  I thought I should have something on-hand with my phone number and the address of my blog just in case someone asked, you know?  I sat there staring at them and then I got to thinking...

What makes me special?  How am I different from all the other Moms out there with cameras shooting quick photos of their kids?  What sets me apart from the average, everyday snapshot-taker?  Why would anyone want me to photograph them?

It's pretty eye-opening to sit and think about those things and find out just how "normal" you are.  Under regular circumstances, "normal" is fine.  For photography, though, you want to be eccentric enough to be different, but still centered enough not to scare anyone.  It's a weird place for me, really.

I've been thinking a lot about what makes my photography special and it brought me to the question "Why did I start taking photos in the first place?"

That's an easy enough place to start, so here's my story.

I got my DSLR for as a gift from my husband for our 5th wedding anniversary.  I've owned a point and shoot camera for the last decade or so, but I became increasingly frustrated with motion blur. Trust me, once those little bundles of joy can move, they immediately become as fast as a rubber band ball flying down a flight of stairs.  My regular camera was just not capable of freezing his motion, so DSLR here I come!


I started photographing my son when we would go new places and try new things.  I feel that photographs act like bookmarks for our memories.  It's not that we ever really forget our children growing up, but without photos, we wouldn't necessarily have a reason to recall those memories and share them with others.  They are the common thread that allows us to preserve this exact moment for our future.  In sharing our photos later in life, we can go back in time to that specific minute.  We have just linked past, present and future in one piece of Kodak paper.  Whoa - trippy!


Taking photos of my son soon morphed into taking photos of everything.  I mean everything. The dog, my feet swishing in the pool, my sister making a funny face at me, and whatever else was around.  I started taking photo walks on my own, going down to the local marina at sunset by myself (a glorious treat) to photograph the boats docked there.  I joined a local photographer meet-up group and went on some photo walks with them, soon thereafter I was promoted to an Assistant Organizer.  Cool!

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I have built a little escape for myself out of the shelter my camera has provided.  I've become more independent and I am so liberated by the idea that photography is subjective.  As long as I like it, no one else's opinion matters. I get to photograph what I want, when I want and how I want and no one has any say in it. How amazing is that?

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Recently, I've started branching out and doing mini portrait sessions. I spent two hours with my mother-in-law's horse, a little while with my friend at the horse races, and I'm starting to get some positive feedback on the final product.

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Where it will take me is anyone's guess.  All I know is when I had to fill out the "job title" on my cards, I knew it had to be different.  It couldn't just say "photographer" or "owner" or any of those other generic descriptions.  I settled on calling myself a Moment Preservationist.  It makes me happy and isn't that what it's all about?

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Lovely Girl and a Derby Hat

Recently our company closed the office and took us out for a day at the horse races at Golden Gate Fields.  There are some other photos related to Golden Gate Fields that can be found HERE, but that's a separate post altogether.

This post is about a lovely girl and the stunning hat she was wearing.  My dear friend looked absolutely stunning.  She had on a brown dress and really lit up the event like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman - you know, that scene where they're at the Polo game?  Anyway, she really did take first place, in my opinion, for best dressed.

I do appreciate my friend for being such a good sport and really being herself when I pointed the camera in her direction.  She really is as fun and classy of a gal as she looks!

While some of these may not be *technically* the most perfect shots, I really like this set and I hope my lovely friend will be a model for me again in the future!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tractors + Pumpkins + Children = FALL!

It starts to feel like fall when the pumpkins are on the ground at Smith Family Farm. We took our annual trip over the weekend and we had so much fun! Our boy is growing like a weed and is finally able to really run around the farm and enjoy his surroundings. He was picking up some pretty heavy pumpkins all by himself.

There were so many cool sights to see.  There were old tractors on display that, much to my surprise, were actually fully-functional and used on the farm. How cool is that?

The produce stand was overflowing with the late bounty of this Indian Summer, and this basket of gourds was lit in an extraordinary fashion by the light coming in from the window.

When Bobby came across the group of giant pumpkins, he instantly fell in love.  And that, my friends, was a perfect ending to a perfect day at the pumpkin patch.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fadalah & The Littlest Cowboy

We are so fortunate that our son has a Grandma who loves horses enough to have one of her own. She took us out to meet Fadalah on Sunday afternoon, and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the evening. Fadalah was such a gentleman.

He was absolutely lovely to be around and was so gentle. He didn't get even the slightest bit spooked by my boy, who was definitely hesitant at first.

Fadalah was a great model - he stood still and just let the evening sunlight reflect off of him and it was a perfect afternoon.

The littlest cowboy was definitely adorable in his miniature Wrangler jeans. I couldn't have been more pleased with the way our first encounter went. I'm sure it will lead to many, many more.
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What better way could you think of to spend a fall afternoon?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Portrait of a Toddler

Where better to capture the fun of being a toddler than at your local community park?  I had so much fun shooting my son last week.  It was really a blast and I'm sure you will all be sick of seeing my little boy sooner rather than later.

I don't know what it is about him, but he draws people in.  People gravitate to his presence - even strangers in public places can't resist him.  I don't know if it's like that for every small child, but it certainly is for mine.  What a fortunate little boy.

At any rate, here is what is likely to be the first of the series: Portrait of  a Toddler. Happy Thursday!


Our Sweet Boy

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