I remember the peacefulness of this moment at the farm. It was hot so we retreated to the shade to catch up. Tom and Jared on the picnic table and I found a grassy spot under the big apple tree.
I love this photo of Jared with his dad. I like to give them space to shoot the breeze and catch up on all things cars, work, farm life, and the latest town updates. While they talked, I moved slowly wanting to capture such a beautiful day. I remember the peacefulness of this moment at the farm. It was hot so we retreated to the shade to catch up. Tom and Jared on the picnic table and I found a grassy spot under the big apple tree.
I was enamored, laying under the apple tree watching father and son chatting away. I started taking a few images from where I sat on the grass. Then I crept closer, but not too close. I found a new spot on the grass by a patch of lupines. This image was captured as I shot through the lupin focusing on Jared looking on at Tom for his words of wisdom wrapped up in stories of the "good old days."
The older I get the more I treasure moments like this with my parents. I also find so much joy in being able to capture moments like this for others. It's not posed or perfect. It's a living breathing moment.
We all have moments like this with our family and friends. The beautiful everyday moments with the people we care about in our everyday places. Like our living rooms, backyards, and favorite local spots around town.
I often hear from friends and family that they want to take better photographs. It all comes down to moments that matter and then making images. Try this. Go outside and play! There is no better place than the great outdoors to make photographs. Bring your camera and try making images by being really present in the moment. Where are you, what does it feel like to be there, what are you doing and what are those around you doing? Then let everything unfold.
It sounds simple. It is and it's not. I know that for me I focus on creating images as the moment(s) are unfolding. I watch, feel, and create. Each click of the shutter is a moment standing still within the frame of a photograph.