(Pictured above: Fresh Apple cider… and obligatory fall leaf picture)
A while back a friend told me “Your pictures always turn out so beautifully! I would take pictures all the time if my pictures turned out so well.” Something about that comment struck a chord with me. My pictures never EVAH “turn out well” at least not on the first shot. Slowly I realized that I hardly ever took ordinary photos of family life anymore and most of my camera time was devoted to making my pictures look the best.
Curious now, I went back in the family picture archives to look at how I’ve taken pictures over the years. I’ve been the main “picture taker” in the family since we got our first digital camera in 2001 so I had a lot to look back on. All of the pictures until roughly 2009 were allllll candid happy family shots. Some were taken on holidays and birthdays but for the most part they were taken on normal days of no particular importance. 2009 was when I started really trying to make photography more professional and with that the normal family pictures slowly disappeared unless it was a major holiday or birthday. I missed all of the ordinary days. Since then, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring my camera out on regular old normal days.
Whether you’re a photographer or not, don’t let “good” or “bad” pictures prevent you from capturing the normal days in your life. You’ll never regret when, years from now, you’ll look back on how young everyone was, all those outdated styles, old friends, and even the decorations that used to be on the walls! You’ll be happy and thankful for everyone of those pictures. 🙂
Whew, OK, with that said here are some of said normal day pictures!
While working on finishing up some photoshoots I’ve done over the past few weeks, I decided to post some farm pictures I’ve taken over the past few months. We’ve been quite busy!
Waking up early to do chores and finding a surprise baby donkey in the field! I took my camera out after that to document the morning chores.
This is Roger the overly friendly cow.
Terisa a few days after she was born.
The first frost.
Teddy Roosevelt the rooster eating out of the bucket of apple peals from making apple cider and Opie the kitten.
The turkeys tanning before winter sets in.
Not farm related but we went to D.C. for a few days this fall.
To sum it all up, I’m leaving yinz with this picture of Bruce the overgrown calf and this hymn which is always my favorite this time of year.
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.