Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Everybody has one. How do YOU see photography?
Do you strive for that "picture perfect" shot and get upset at the smudge of peanut butter on his face? Are you always trying new and unique styles and spending hours in post-production? Artsy? Happy? Picture perfect? Do you just wish people would "smile and say cheese" already? Have you thought of permanently attaching your camera strap to your shoulder or is it only pulled out for birthdays and Christmas?
Since I am one of those mommies who can't seem to keep up with a baby book (the littles don't even have them, poor things) or scrapbook (too much of a mess to get out during nap times), my camera is what I have to make sure I remember all of those moments: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the just plain boring.
However, photolosophies have their ramifications. Those who don't take many pictures may look back with regret. Those who like their kids looking at them may end up with kids who either "cheese out" when they see a camera or run away screaming. People like me loath the idea of buying yet another storage device for their thousands of photos, and yet can't seem to get rid of any more of them.
My photos? I want them to tell the story of our lives. The ins and outs of our days complete with nose picking, fighting, tree climbing, as well as the softer side of life with five boys in the house. Adopting this photolosophy, however, can be tricky. It means not worrying about what food is on their face or in what manner they are dressed. The "perfect" shot or pose is sacrificed for what comes from being free from constant posing. It also means you may have a hard time when searching for those post-placement adoption report photos to find a nice picture that says "yes, I do keep my kids clean and happy."
I want to shoot the truth of our lives. I want to shoot to tell a story. I want to shoot to remember. I want to shoot for the beauty that is and not the beauty that "should" be.
There are some tricks I have learned in this photolosophy. Things I try to abide by.
1. Strictly limit the amount of time you talk to your kids about taking their photos.
2. Restrain yourself from "fixing" something in the photo before you take it.
3. Know how to love a photo (like the one above) even when it is aesthetically unpleasing and poor composition.
4. Carry on normal conversation (including mild discipline) in the middle of taking pictures.
5. Take your camera EVERYwhere.
6. As you are taking pictures, enjoy that which you are taking a picture of.