Posted on | June 11, 2012 | 24 Comments
Last week we met up with some of our buddies for a day of hangouts. When you get this number of children under 4 together, chaos is bound to ensue. Blood pressures were up, tantrums were thrown – you know, typical. Somehow I was able to capture some really cute moments that look calm and serene but are lies. Someday far in the future I will look back at these photos and think fondly of what a perfect child I had and how all of her friends were also perfect angels. Because I will forget the tantrums and raised blood pressure. Which is totally fine by me.
For a while there, I wasn’t taking any photos with my DSLR. After getting it and jumping right in and loving it, I got to a point where I wasn’t as happy with my results. I have the tendency to want to learn ALL THE THINGS right away and get frustrated easily if I can’t. This is ridiculous when it comes to photography, and I do know that. Instead of getting frustrated with myself, I simply put the camera down for a few weeks. Last weekend I took it with me to Portland and fell in love with it again. I’ve heard from many of my friends that are into photography that is is totally normal and I’ll go through many love/hate phases.
I just wanted to say this for those of you who have recently started shooting on manual or trying to learn more – don’t get discouraged when you are having trouble, just step back. My biggest frustration right now is that I still haven’t fully grasped light (THE most important part of photography) and I’m not completely sure what I want my “style” to be. If you’re in the same boat, it’s ok. If you don’t want to take photographs, don’t take them. That is how I was feeling for a while. When I felt like I wanted to hold my camera again, I picked it up. Like the kitten poster that I had hanging on my wall at the age of 9, hang in there!
(that photo of all the kids? I have about 46 tries, this was the only one where they were all looking, and Fiona was running around behind me barking like a dog.)