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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.


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.


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?

Hannah’s Dance & Phipps

Hannah had her very first school dance on Friday night! It was so much fun to help her get ready for the dance and take her pictures. She got her hair curled, I painted her nails and toenails, and she did her makeup. Hannah and her date looked lovely and she told me they had a great time. HanshairSnowball

On Saturday, Jimmy and I went to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in downtown Pittsburgh. We had a blast walking around all of the colorful flowers. I loved taking pictures of everything there. Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

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What have you been up to this weekend?!

Bible verse of the day: “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12