Tuesday, April 27, 2010


an attempt at a self portrait.
(also...changes coming to 2010--including name change [no url change though] stay tuned...)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A choice

I've come to realize that while photography itself is not self-limiting, your mind-set, as well as your equipment, can prove to be so.

While you don't necessarily need a $700 (or $7000) camera, it's something you should have. Not because without it you can't take good pictures, but because with it you can take better ones. The tools you use will often define your images--not because you couldn't see, but because it didn't get through to your camera.

That being said, while waiting and saving for a camera, you can't limit yourself to nothing. Yes, the image will probably be somewhat grainy, a lot noisy and maybe a little blurry, and not at all clear and crisp and smooth, but that doesn't give you an excuse for stopping. Let your images be that way...you'll still have the memories, the moments, and the beauty. Just accept that and keep clicking. Someday, you'll probably get better equipment. And think how rewarding it will be then.

So let your inspiration abound and your camera going. There is beauty even in the most ordinary of images, and even some in the noisy, grainy, blurry ones.

An example of what I'm talking about. A grainy, noisy image, but I think it's beautiful...I love seeing what is now mine to keep. What I have stopped time for...even for just a moment. 

So here's my dilemma...

...do I keep this blog or start a new one? I was originally gonna keep it, but then I got to thinking about the URL.

Your input?

(leaving you with this)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


You make me laugh, my silly baby. I love you, cutie-patootie-sweetie-sister-o-mine.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I've had a realization...

I haven't been taking pictures lately. I've pushed away my camera and thought, "Later. There are things to do." Mainly, because I realize that I'm so behind in my count--I'm behind in the amount of pictures that need to be completed.

In beginning 2010, at first I thought, "this will make me take more pictures--this will improve my skills." But I'm beginning to realize that that was wrong. Putting a time frame and a number count just takes away the magic. It takes away the beauty.

Photography is not about the amount of pictures you take, nor the camera you have, nor the editing you do, the posing, anything. Photography is about seeing beauty, and moments, in the ordinary and day-to-day life and celebrating it by capturing it and saving it forever. Photography is looking beyond what our eyes can see and looking instead at what is really there--what is real and beautiful.

Moments like this are why I continue on with photography. Because I want others to be able to see the beauty that I see. I want others to look at the ordinary and instead of seeing the everyday commonplace, they'll see the beauty and life that is everywhere.

That's why I'm a photographer. That's why I'm an artist.

I'm still going to keep this...I just won't continue with this journey. Perhaps I'll create a new blog for my photography. Perhaps I'll stay here. I don't know right now. I just know that, in my book, 2010 is done. I don't regret attempting it--it made me realize the reason why I take pictures. Not just to add more to my count, but to find and save beauty.

Perhaps 2010 is for someone, but not me. This journey has ended, but a new one has begun. I have found me in pictures--even if it wasn't the way I initially thought it would be. I've found the reason for photography.

And to me, that's worth more than taking 2010 pictures.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Peanut Butter. Part One.