Where are the Pictures??? & My Summer Challenge

So I got this new camera. And right now it’s a love/hate relationship. I wanted a new camera for, well, a long time, but instead I got a new lens and that got me through several good years. In fact, up until Luke gifted me this new amazing camera, I really think I was at my prime of photography–I usually was able to capture what I saw and I was pleased. But that was then, and this is now.

Ever since I got my new camera I have been less inspired to shoot things (in a picture taking way, mind you). I think I just get frustrated with the newness of it, the amazing ISO capabilities, the ease, that by the time I’ve got the shutter speed just the way I want it I’ve lost the image I wanted. It’s like I lost my eye for photography or something. And the photos I do take I’m just not pleased with. Including the ones you see today.

he dressed himself so proudly with matchy-matchy orange plaid, and wore it to school! love this guy…

this is how we roll…

So that’s why there’s been a serious lack of photojournalism these days. Maybe I think it needs to be perfect (see this post) and so I don’t try at all, or maybe I’m in a phase of negativity and nothing looks beautiful or photo worthy right now, or maybe I’m just feeling like a beginner all over again and I forgot how that feels–how when you start learning something new you have to practice, make mistakes, delete delete delete, try again, and absolutely stop thinking it needs to be right and perfect the first time you try. I mean, I tell my kids this all the time.

Last year Luke bought me an amazing new sewing machine, since my lovely one handed down from my mom pretty much stopped dead in its tracks, and I remember feeling the same way about it–it looked amazing but it overwhelmed me and I just missed my tried-and-true-oldie-but-a-goodie. It took me until a couple months ago to really get going with it, and now I love it–I’ve tried so many new things on it, so much that Luke is probably wishing I’d put it away and give my kitchen desk area a break.

So I think this summer, I’m going to set the timer for five-ten-or-fifteen minutes and just go take pictures. Every. Single. Day. And maybe I’ll share them with you–the good, the bad, and the ugly. A summer challenge, if you will…Anyone care to join me? If so, let me know so I can see your pics too! 

And one more thing–think about your home and if there are any sections you hardly ever take the camera to, and go there for a change! I realized recently I hardly ever take pictures upstairs in my kids rooms, so that’s something I’m going to add into my routine as well.

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