Things to Do - Take Bad Photos

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Lately, I've had a hard time motivating myself to photograph anything, which is sort of a problem as photography is what i do. There's just so many pretty images out there lately (esp. once your facebook feed becomes inundated with other photographers, some of whom amaze me daily). The thing is - I love great photos, I love taking great photos. There's something miraculous when great light and kids and moments all come together.

But there's the other stuff too - the wonderful minutes/hours/days that just don't photograph well. We've had a cold winter and my children have no desire to go out on 20 degree nights and have their picture taken with the sunset's backlight. In fact, lately the best moments seem to happen around 7 pm with overhead lighting (yes, DREADED overhead lighting, every photographer's nemesis).

I took these pictures a few weeks ago, right before bedtime. Artistically, they're a nightmare - awful lighting and you can even see the grease stains on our kitchen wall. But F (as always) reading a book, while P and T fight/converse/laugh - well, this is our life. And it's a good life. And I need to photograph it.

So here's to bad photographs - which are (almost) always better than no photographs at all (unless I have a double chin - that's a whole different conversation).

Happy Friday everyone!!

1 comment:

  1. well i ADORE these!!!!!!!!!!! oh man, I hear you about the lighting. i am heatily tired of the terrible grey light that has been going on for weeks on end. just awful. and it's such a fine line, isn't it? between being inspired by pix and being intimidated by them! and yet, photos make me happy. so i plug on. you know what you need to see, if you haven't already? Hideaki Himada's work, I've linked to him on my blog. Go search on him and look at his 'Haru and Mina' work. SO lovely. So filed with amazing light. And it will make you feel uplifted and inspired, I'm telling you. XO to you!



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