What Matters in Personal Photography

I went out exploring yesterday at Allatoona Pass Battlefield. It was frosty cold outside and clear. We don’t get snow here hardly ever… So much for that. I did have to cut my excursion short unexpectedly, but I got a few shots in I really like, though.

This got me thinking about what really matters to me when it comes to my photography. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter much if I spend hours or even a whole day shooting or only a few minutes. What mattered yesterday, was that I used my brief time to get a little creative and enjoy the process.

I say this because I quickly realized as soon as I arrived in the parking area, I didn’t have much time. I sort of went into “panic mode” and rushed to get some shots. Some of my shots were more obvious, but as I was walking I took some motion blur shots of myself moving through the wooded path.

It also didn’t take long to find a really obviously interesting subject.

I guess while there is immense value in having patience and taking your time to wait for light and “the decisive moment” is very important and leads to better photos, so is the confinement of limitations. My limited time stretched my creativity very unexpectedly!

Have you noticed something similar in your own photography? Did you have an experience that limited you in a way that stretched your creativity? Please share your story in the comments section. I would love to hear.

Movie Review: The Photograph

I watched a great movie today on Amazon Prime.

It’s about a street photographer in India that convinces a woman he meets to pretend she’s his fiance because he’s under enormous pressure from his family to get married. She agrees and they become friends.

If you don’t mind subtitles, I highly recommend it!

What Is A Still Image?

I love to crochet. I have been crocheting since was about 12 years old, when my grandmother taught me. We didn’t have YouTube back then and honestly don’t remember having cool stores like Hobby Lobby in our area. So everything I knew came from her. I always could crochet since then, but my edges were always a little crooked and I have always struggled with reading patterns and their special jargon. As such, I never quite felt like could really crochet anything I wanted. So a few months ago, I went out and got one of those beginner crochet books. I didn’t feel like needed something so basic, but I knew I had missed a crucial step along the way. Right at the start of the very first beginner project, (a coaster) I realized that I never learned how to create a proper foundation chain! If you don’t crochet, that means I was starting off all my projects wrong. This led to really messed up projects.

My most recent crochet project, a Christmas tree skirt. I loved how this turned out! Triscuit is playing with his toys mouse in the foreground.

One of my Goals this year is to learn those things about photography that I didn’t already know. If I don’t get those basics down, I could be getting off on the wrong foot with my photos.

What am I missing?

I am kicking off my journey to relearn and bolster my photography with something super basic.

What Is A Still Image?

Definitions.net defines a still image as, “A photograph, drawing, painting. A still image is a single, static image, as distinguished from a moving image (i.e. a movie).”

There are several different ways to capture still life in photography.

  • Food Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Architecture Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Sports Photography
  • Wildlife Photography

As I pursue new avenues and building up my photography career, I am considering all of these different types of photography. My greatest experience is in family portraits, but I would probably enjoy any of them.

High Shoals Falls, Dallas, GA

Yesterday, I went out exploring and found this beautiful falls!

Trailhead to High Shoals Falls

What is your photo-niche? What are your thoughts on the above types of photography?

Next Week: Digital Cameras

2020: My New Year’s Photography Goals!

Goals. Better than resolutions because they are specific, time-sensitive, and have an actual plan to achieve them. At least that’s what my hope is, lol.
Studio Team Christmas Portrait. We were so tired but had so much fun!
I fell off the radar for the last month or so. Sorry about that. Photography in the retail industry during November and December is insane. I have been utterly exhausted the past four weeks. After five years of this, I’m feeling too old for this. 
I am dedicated to expanding my photography knowledge. Through some research, I have been digging up all sorts of information that I didn’t know I didn’t know. So I will be going back to basics, relearning some aspects and learning a lot of new things as well. I plan to share this learned information with you and we can learn together!
Rockin’ a fauxhawk! New year, new hair!
What are your New Year’s Goals? Share them in the comments. Also, do you have a plan and what is it? I can’t wait to get started with you and seeing what 2020 holds for us all!
Triscuit & Marley hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

Photo Movie Review and My 1st Giveaway!

I used to think there couldn’t be that many movies that have a solid photography theme, but recently have discovered that is not true at all! Keep reading because I have a giveaway at the end of this post!

One of these movies is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

  • Made in 2013,
  • starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig
  • Rated PG
  • IMDB 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes 51%

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Synopsis: “Ben Stiller directs and stars in this classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a fantasy world filled with heroism, romance and adventure. When his job, along with that of a co-worker (Kristen Wiig), is threatened, Walter takes action in the real world, embarking on a journey more extraordinary than anything he could have imagined.” -excerpt from DVD cover

My thoughts: I loved this film! The ultimate feel-good movie! There’s action, adventure, comedy, and romance. His fantasies when he would drift off were hilarious. As a daydreamer, myself, I loved those “zoning out” moments. Sean Penn is always brilliant, so his role as the eccentric off-the-grid photographer was priceless. My favorite parts felt so engaging that I even felt a little like I was there in the moment with Walter. The cinematography was beautiful and the soundtrack was so good, I downloaded that, too. As a whole, the story was yes, funny and adventurous, but also meaningful and heartwarming. Honestly, this is currently my favorite movie. I loved watching it and just felt great afterwards.

My rating: 5/5 Clicks!

Now for the giveaway! If you would like to win your own DVD of this movie to add to your collection, just follow this blog & comment below your favorite photography movie, documentary, or series. That’s it! Can’t wait to hear from you and keep shooting and sharing!

The Best Joggers for My Photohikes!

If you follow my Instagram, you know I recently did a product photography shoot for my good friend and owner/designer of AIM Co. Apparel and athletic wear. I could not wait to share especially the joggers.

Her designs and patterns are amazingly cute and comfortable! The material is moisture-wicking and breathable, and I am always thrilled with pockets in my workout pants! If you are looking for great quality, super cute, workout/hiking clothes, you really need to give her shop a good once-over!