The photo above was taken back in June 2006. This was right around the time I finally decided to take my camera off of “Auto” mode and begin to explore what it could really do. This particular image marked a monumental moment for me. . . I realized that I was able to stop time and capture true joy. That may sound silly, but it was at this moment I discovered the true magic of photography. If I wasn’t addicted already (which I probably was) this image sealed the deal. I want to document and remember as many of these moments as I possibly could. My mom took THOUSANDS of pictures of us as kids. I have very rich vivid memories of my childhood and I attribute much of that to those images. I want my kids to have those same rich and vivid memories, but above all I want them to know how much fun we had together and how much we love them.
My challenge to you this week is to capture trueemotion. I posted a few of my favorite emotional photos below. I included an image of Elle at 39 days old where she is obviously not very happy. After Elle was born I took a photo of her everyday until I went back to work. The truth was that she cried . . . a lot. I think it’s important to capture all emotions. Life is full of ups and downs. I remember taking photos after Truitt’s first big bicycle crash. His face was a mess and his eyes were all puffy from crying. I posted that photo along with one of him at St. John’s festival later that night. He clearly bounced back pretty well.
You know your kids best- what makes them squeal with delight? Little ones are always a little easier when it comes to bringing out that raw emotion. At our house a good game of “monster chase” will do it everytime. I may try to challenge myself and try to capture my big boys for this challenge. Find an activity that will give you opportunities to capture some true joy (at the playground, during a baseball game, at the pool, playing with friends). Think about compositional elements as you shoot- what is in the background, what is the lighting like, what angle am I shooting at, etc. This could be a good time to try out your burst or continuous mode so that you don’t miss that perfect facial expression. Above all, just go have some with your kids!
I’ve been a slacker on the extra credit so I left it out this week. If you are an overachiever give the burst mode another try with this challenge as I mentioned above. The burst mode would be great for any kind of activity with a lot of motion (bounce house, festival rides, skateboarding etc.). Check out this animated gif I made of my friend Julie’s family having a race . . . HERE. I simply kneeled on the ground and had them race right past me. This could be a great way to get your kids best “competitive” face. You can keep the photos together or just pull the best one out for this challenge.