.. some days I wish I could unlearn all that I have learned about photography in the last few years.
Some days, I wish I had a point and shoot camera and could just take snaps of my kids, not caring about the light, the composition, the pop-up flash.. none of it.
So, as much as I would love everyone to learn how to use their SLR cameras, I caution you that there are downsides. First there is the obsession. You will spend hours pouring over books and blogs, hours practicing with your children and your friend’s children. And some of you, like me, will start up a business (having run out of friend’s children to practice on) to pursue this passion. Which is all well and good…except when you want to take a snap of your child, you whip out a cell phone camera. Not a point and shoot, but a slow slow cell phone camera. And you miss moments. Lots of them.
Like this one, from February 2006, where both my girls cuddled up for the first time and took a nap. I am so glad that I did not care about the flash, the sheets, the outfits, the anything. I just took the photo. And I love it.
I see so many classes and workshops for moms with cameras (they didn’t have those workshops when i was starting out). Remember, it is like riding a bike, once you learn it, you cannot unlearn it. You see flaws in a photo before you see the beauty in a photo. You see the light before you see the moment. You see the tree sticking out from a person’s head and move to get a better composition rather than just TAKING THE PICTURE. You cannot unlearn these things. At least I cannot. I have tried.
So for now, I stick to taking videos of the kids. I know nothing about videography. And refuse to learn.