Talking Photography

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I want to incorporate more photography talk into my blog. I figured this post would be a good one to introduce my experience (or lack thereof!), favorite subjects to photograph, and what I want to get out of photography in the future.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated pictures. As a child, if a certain picture captured my attention, I would stare at it as long as possible and just take in every detail. I still do the same thing today, but now I ask myself what about the picture appeals to me, and how I can incorporate that knowledge into my practice.

I am definitely someone who believes that you don’t need an expensive camera to take great pictures. I think you just need to have an eye for the world around you and a passion for what you photograph. I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I do know that I love learning about photography and practicing it.

My favorite photo subjects are people. I cherish the moment I know I’ve captured a genuine smile, laughter, or the look of love in someone’s eyes. I also enjoying showing that person a photo that they can look at and remember exactly how they felt in that moment of their life.

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Black and white photography is amazing to me, as I feel that it puts the focus on the subject, instead of the background or all of the colors going on in the picture. With that said, there’s also a lot of pictures that just look wonderful in color, you know?

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on my portrait photography. I’ve used my family and Hannah’s friend as my subjects. I’m so grateful that they give me room to explore, make mistakes, ask them questions, and just have fun. Here are a few of my favorite portrait photographs I’ve taken…

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I also love taking candid-type pictures, where I’ll ask someone to pose or smile, but then take a picture just before they’re ready, or when they relax right after I take a picture. The best is when the subject laughs or has some other genuine expression.

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As an introvert, it kind of bewilders me that I love taking pictures of people. I tend to be fairly shy and quiet, but when I have a camera in my hands, I suddenly start talking a lot, directing people, and generally become extroverted during my little amateur photo shoots. It’s weird, but in the best way possible. It makes me very happy 🙂

I would say 98% of the pictures I take are of people. I want to continue to challenge myself in these types of pictures, as far as lighting, posing, and much more, but I would also like to practice more nature/landscape photography. Along with landscape and nature practice, I want to photograph more of my daily life. Capturing what my life is like from time to time is important to me because I really appreciate being able to look back and literally see what my life was like one, two, or five years ago. I started a 31 day photography challenge about a week ago, so I’ll share more about that soon. It has already got me out of my comfort zone, so I’m loving it!

Do you like photography? What types of pictures interest you, and what do you like to photograph?

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14 comments

    1. Yes, hooray for photography!! I am really happy we share this passion! I’m sure I could learn a thing or two from you (or 1,000 things haha) because I always enjoy your photography!

  1. I am SO EXCITED you’re going to talk more about photography! I have always loved it but am just starting to actually learn more about it and take classes. I’m learning a lot but I’m also pretty confused and feel like there is SO MUCH out there to figure out!

    1. Aw, great!! I was hoping I wouldn’t bore anyone to death with talking about photography, haha. What classes are you taking?! Like in person or online? I am so interested in doing the same! And yes, I feel confused A LOT because like you said, there’s a lot to figure out! That’s the fun in it, though… just playing around and learning as you go 🙂

      I’ll definitely be sure to post more as I continue to learn!

  2. I love the pics you took of your sister and her friend, and all the pictures you took at the beach. They turned out great! You definitely practice and put a lot of heart into the pictures you take and it really shows :).

  3. My younger sister has that eye for photography. Myself not so much. I get a couple good shots every once in a while, but appreciate other people who take the time to make the shot good.
    On a random aside, have you been racing lately?

    1. Isn’t it interesting how skills/passions are dispersed throughout families?! I feel like some siblings I know have the same passions and talents, while others are 100% different, or have just a few of the same passions/talents.

      As for racing, no! I haven’t been on a run in months… I think since April?! #lazy haha.

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