I will be the first to admit that I am not an artistic person. When taking a photograph, I constantly have to remind myself to implement the “rules” of art (rule of thirds, leading lines, texture etc.) because I am just not naturally inclined to do so. I want to put my subject smack dab in the middle of my photograph. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I have lots of opportunities to make pictures even when I’m not shooting for a client and it’s during these moments that I try to brush up on my photography skills. I practice nailing my exposure, shooting from different angles and unique perspectives, playing with depth of field, and most of all (and most important of all) seeing my subject.
I’m not always successful. It’s through failure that I learn the most, however. The knowledge and skill that I have has been achieved on something of a journey and I am so far from the end of the path that photography will take me on. This will be a life long course. And that is what I love about my “job.”
The best perk of all is that I get to practice what I have learned and experiment on my family. They probably don’t consider that a perk, but as a mother and wife first and foremost, it is both my job and my pleasure to document every aspect of my family’s life. When other parents have to worry about getting their kids dressed, fed, and happy for a photographer to take their portraits, I get to have those portraits taken on my own time, in the comfort of my own home, and during the most honest moments of our life. It’s definitely not always easy; my family usually runs the opposite direction when they see me coming with a camera. But when I capture pictures that become little glimpses into our reality, that is something that is absolutely priceless. As ratty as my kids may look, these are images that I will treasure for a lifetime.
Here we are: A mother and her two children on a lazy summer afternoon…nothing to do and no one to see. Lounging on the sofas. Sleeping. Playing. Making memories and turning them into art. I think my practice is well worth the reward.