I know how hard it is to purge anything of sentimental value. And with photographs being one of our most treasured possessions, the task can be very intimidating. But just like cleaning out that messy closet, it feels so good when the task is done! It will be fantastic to have a meaningful and carefully curated selection of family photos.
Aside from people trying to decide which camera to buy, the most popular question I hear is, "How do you get kids to sit still and smile?" It's a simple answer really: Make them happy! I love candid smiles. I love the faces of kids playing with bubbles in the summer, throwing leaves in the air in the fall, doing snow angels in the winter, and running among flowers in the spring. Happy kids make the best photographs.
When a friend or client tells me they are interested in learning photography, similar to when they tell me they are having a baby, my first reaction is YAY! Congrats! And then immediately after I feel an urge to help them with their expectations. If you have a child, I'm sure you know what I mean. It's just harder than you might imagine. And also more rewarding than you can fathom. The path to success (in any endeavor) begins with realistic expectations.
Learning photography can be intimidating. There are so many terms that often time tutorials can be confusing because you don't even know exactly what the author is referring to! So, to make things easier, here are my top 10 terms I wish I knew when I was learning photography. Note: These are not the full technical definitions of each, but instead, how *I* define them for my purposes.
Before we dive too far into photography tutorials, I think we should talk about what a good photograph even is. When is it "just an iPhone photo" vs something you'd print and frame? It depends on who you ask probably. But in my opinion, many things can "make" a photograph. Here's my list:
Vision & Intention - A great photograph is usually taken with intention.