This has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. I so desperately want to get better at this whole picture taking thing, but it ain't always easy. I've got the whole 'practice, practice, practice' piece down, but even that can become maddening when you are out there behind the camera and wondering why it isn't getting any easier. Remember, that time I worked myself up practicing with my own family... yah, that didn't go so well. I ended up frustrated and the images weren't all that special in the end. Partly because I was too nervous and stressed to really enjoy the experience, despite my semi-willing subjects and the perfect weather and location.
I can't say what was different about the day I took this picture, but sometime before dinner one evening I looked out and saw the fading Fall light and knew I had to get out there. Happily the kids were up for it, and we had the most amazing time chasing the sunlight across the front lawn and coming up will all sorts of silly shots. There was something magical about being outside, laughing and having fun together. I didn't care too much about how the pictures turned out because the experience alone was enough. I still remember coming back into the house on a creative high, smiling for I knew inside that I had made a leap of faith and had let go of a little bit of fear I've been holding for far too long. I'm hyper sensitive to the reality that each day I help craft childhood memories for three beautiful little souls. I hope they carry with them ones of a happy mama, who loved them dearly and had fun taking pictures along the way.
I've come to trust Yan's advice, "...and the thing is you sort of have to embrace the expectation that half the time it won't work. its not about pulling it off successfully. its about constantly being in the habit of thinking outside the box so that your work remains fresh and new."
And just because, sometimes it's fun to see the ones that didn't work out, here are the not so pretty ones:
The point is, we had a great time and that we ended up with a few keepers was a nice bonus. I promise to share the rest soon! And on a side note, this was my first time shooting with Kodak Portra 400 and having the lab push the film a stop, stay tuned for a post all about that...coming at cha tomorrow!
How about you... what makes you laugh out loud?