Ultimately, I want to be a lifestyle photographer. A hobbyist who captures the life of our family and friends. I realized that I’ve been making excuses for not practicing lifestyle photography to the fullest. As much as I want beautiful pictures of my future babies, I can’t wait until they get here (years from now) to pick up a camera and learn proper exposure, composition, use of light, and everything else about photography. So, what subjects do I practice with now? My husband would get seriously annoyed with me if I constantly had a camera in his face. We don’t have a dog. We don’t have a beautifully decorated house with tons of natural light. We don’t live in a big city where there are pops of color everywhere. With this situation, how am I supposed to practice lifestyle photography? (Bear with me here, I know this sounds bad…)
For Christmas, a friend gave me a packet for “The Best of My Days” from Under the Sycamore. This lead me to start a project in gratefulness where I write down a favorite moment of each day. So far, I’ve made it through January. One month down, eleven to go.
Now back to the photography…if I’m focusing on being grateful in 2015, why can’t I practice this through both words and photography? This is where “Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks” from A Beautiful Mess comes in. If I’m ever going to improve my photography, I have to take pictures in my everyday. Not just on the wildlife adventures that Oklahoma holds and not just on the weekends that I dog-sit, but everyday. My everyday, in that apartment with little natural light.
Over the next many months, I’ll work with the Capture Real Life class to capture my everyday, which I now realize I’ve taken for granted. It’s a real life that I’m so incredibly thankful for. My handsome husband and this time we have just the two of us in the years before starting a family. My awesome apartment that comes with a low Oklahoma cost of living, a pool, a gym membership, and golf green fees. My faith and supportive church family who has taught me more in the last year and a half than I had learned about my faith in my 25 years before moving to Oklahoma.
These pictures won’t necessarily match up to the Best of My Days lists, but at the end of 2015, I hope to have a complete set of memories. Two mediums to remind me of Psalm 77:11: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” I am and will be grateful for what the Lord has done.
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