December 26, 2012

why do i bother?

snow. snow. snow. snow. snow. snow. snow.
These pictures are of our second snow.
I've been in kind of a photography rut.
I didn't feel like taking pictures of our first snow.
I didn't feel like taking pictures of our somewhat dreary Christmas yesterday.
I didn't feel like taking pictures at our monthly kids' event at church.
I didn't feel like taking pictures for the past week and a half.
This happens to the best of us.
I want to get out of this rut, but I don't know how.
I feel like everyone else is so much better than I am, and that why should I try? No one reads this blog anyway.
Then I realize that the reason I take pictures isn't because I have to post them on this blog.
I don't take pictures to please you.
I don't take pictures because I bought an expensive camera.
I don't take pictures so that my mom and dad will think I wasted my money if I didn't take them.
I don't take pictures so that I can be labeled a photographer.
I don't take pictures because I feel as if I have no hobby.
I take pictures because I love doing it.

This is what you need to understand.
You shouldn't take pictures because of any of the reasons above. What pleasure would that give you anyway?
Take pictures because you love to.
Not because you feel you should.
And I guarantee you;
Not all those pictures are going to turn out great.
Not all of them are going to look like what you want them to.
Why?
Because it doesn't matter.
Those memories that are made when you're doing what you love, even though they might be slightly blurry, are going to keep you going.
You're doing this because you love it.
You're learning how to take pictures the best you can.
You'll never know everything.
But you can always be learning more.
This is why I do what I do.
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December 21, 2012

Lately, I've...

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Lately, I've...
...been experimenting photography with white and black backgrounds...
...feeling crafty...
...making Christmas gift tags with my sister...
...making lists. of every kind...
...setting up Christmas decorations...
...listening to Christmas music...
...finishing up my school before break...
...eating much fruit...
...entering many contests, and taking pictures for them...
...taking pictures of my dolls. they're so photogenic, and you don't have to beg them...
...drinking hot chocolate and coffee...
...finding manger pieces before Christmas (tradition)...
...sewing for my Etsy shop. I'm starting it up again soon!...
What have you been up to lately?
Which picture is your favorite?
Do you like these lately posts?
Which of my posts are your favorite?
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December 10, 2012

You Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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The tree, decorations and lights are up.
The hot cocoa is warming our cold little selves.
The sweaters are doing their full-time job.
Christmas music is playing all day long.
School lessons are diligently getting scribbled down.
Snow is starting to fall to the ground.
The waiting has started.
Christmas is coming.
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