As I was dusting this morning, I realized that our photographs are really getting old. We need some new ones! Even the frames are getting old and outdated. It is really bad because none of us look like this anymore. How many times have I picked up these frames to dust or looked at the pictures on the wall and just didn’t see this? It was one of those wow moments for me.
This is kind of like a call to action for myself. I need to take more pictures! I mean pictures with my camera and not my phone. Somewhere along the way I got lazy. Maybe I got tired of lugging my big camera around. Maybe I found the ease of grabbing my phone and taking pictures with it was quicker than using my big camera. Probably, for me, it was more of a “life just got in the way and I just went along with it” kind of thing. I’m not sure of why or even when I got into this habit of not using my “real” camera for my photos. But, I am going to hold myself accountable (and please, you hold me accountable also!) to using my camera instead of my phone camera at least 75% of the time!
I have a Nikon D3100 camera and I have the latest addition of Lightroom editing software (I am sure professional photographers would roll their eyes, but for a general person just shooting photos, I don’t think it is too shabby!). Now, why don’t I use these? When I do shoot with this camera and use the editing software I get amazing pictures! They are beautiful!
Sydney uses her camera (she has a Canon Rebel T6i) way more often than I use mine. But, today that ends!
Another thing I have gotten out of the habit of is printing out pictures. I don’t mean all of them, but I could at least print out some of them! I can’t even remember the last time I printed out any pictures. This is so sad! They are either out in the “cloud” somewhere or on my external hard drive. And seriously, there is no way I would ever go back and print even a portion of these out! It would take too much money and too much time to start doing this. I should have been doing this along the way.
Another reminder of my lack of “real” photography and printing of pictures is that I have been to a few funerals/viewings in the recent past and the family has had tons of pictures that they have displayed. It has depicted the life of the deceased. These photos tell their story and show how much they were loved by family and friends. It has been like a wake up call to me! My sister and I and definitely Jim (my husband) and his sister do not take near enough pictures to tell our families stories! During the holiday dinners, the athletic events, the birthday parties, the vacations, and especially the quiet moments of just being together doing nothing, we need to take more pictures and print them out.
Since starting our blog, Sydney and I have definitely been taking a lot more pictures with our cameras (now, to just get in the habit of printing them!). I had forgotten how much fun it was to capture these really neat moments or things in our life and then tweak them with the editing software. There is such a sense of accomplishment when you capture a really neat moment and it looks perfect! The goal now is to carry the camera with me all the time not just when I need photography for blogging. My family may get sick and tired of me having a camera in their face. 🙂
Do you ever go into other people’s homes and they have these very large, beautifully edited family photos on the wall? Or the extra large one above the fireplace or above the stairway? I want to get back to where I have family pictures on our walls, not just decorations. I spend plenty of time and energy doing crafts, cooking, and other things. I now am going to use some of that energy to put into photography for our home.
How many of you out there already do these things? Take “real” pictures? Print them out? Display them in your home or office? My hat is off to those of you that do! When I grow up I want to be just like you! 😉
Since our whole goal with this blog is to slow down and enjoy life and family more, I should have more time for the photography I used to love so much. So here is to slowing down and making time for the things that are truly important to us!