I don’t always have enough time to grab that perfect shot when it comes to family photographs. I really don’t know why. When I got married photographs were mostly taken when we went places, or during noted events. When I started my family I remember getting a simple Kodak camera. We took one roll of film, and returned the camera because I didn’t like the results. My next camera was a point and shoot Fuji and I was satisfied with the pictures. I paid attention to the limitations of the camera and usually shot in natural light. I kept the subject simple and focused on my family. With my family I am part of the interaction, and I take mostly snapshots. But I try to keep my wits about me and focus on keeping the photo sessions short and fun for all.
Smiling, happy baby
Getting ready to throw his ball
Happy four month old
Not another photograph. Ema put away the camera.
Two happy brothers
Needs of the baby changes so quickly.
Eli doesn’t quite know why the sad face. Probably ready to eat!
And a few more weeks and Lucas is flipping over, and holding himself up for a 5 month pose.
Lucas can flip himself over!
5 month old and holding steady
Eli tries to fit into Papa’s hat
Alyssa taking care of Lucas
Looking at all these photos I am reminded that my pets are needing some camera time. Got to get to it.
The move to my Nikon N80 film camera, and then to digital DSLR has taken my focus away from documenting family exclusively. When I pick up my camera I use it to explore my surroundings. I use it to help me relax. I use it to connect with other photographers. I use it to share my thoughts. My perspective is one of observer. I try to create artistic renditions of the world around me.
So what do I do with all the images that I take? My Facebook friends, my Flickr site, and emails replace the family album. There is still something special about looking through albums, but some of my albums are falling apart. Never got into the family photos on the walls. Now I scrapbook with a focus on both family, and documenting my photo journey. A Photo’s Worth is another outlet for me. What do you do with your photographs?
The following still life, landscapes, and animal images are a sample of what now hangs in my room. I am collecting more photos every week. Feels great!
Wash Day Company
Sea Gull Stands Guard
Mono Lake at Sunset
With my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group and growing grandchildren I will soon have another group of photographs to share on my wall, with my friends, and with fellow enjoyers of all things photographic.