You know you want to sing along right? My husband turned 40 on Monday so of course that called for a 3 day celebration. The celebration culminated with a family birthday party this evening at my parents' house. Thanks to my addiction to Pinterest, I knew exactly what I was going to do for decorations. I bought a helium tank, blew up 40 balloons and attached a photo to each balloon. I know! cute, right? Go ahead....steal the idea like I did!
As I began to go through photo albums in search of the best 40 photos I could find, I couldn't help but critique my photography skills (or lack thereof). I began to put photos aside because they weren't good enough to make the cut and then it dawned on me...these snapshots are what document our lives. These are the photos that we will come across in an album and they will conjure up stories that cause a family to erupt in laughter. Is the focus spot on? no! is the composition interesting? usually not. Is the exposure perfect? no way! Do I love the photos? YOU BET!
Sometimes we have to put aside our photographer mentality and just snap some shots.
My kids were so excited when they saw me flipping through albums and they each wanted to take their albums to their rooms so they could look through the photos. That is what photography is all about. It's about capturing moments that we can reminisce about with our children and grandchildren. Of course I will still continue to search out that perfect shot, but I am also alright with the inbetween snapshots of our life because those are what tell our stories.
Of course I couldn't resist a few artistic shots to capture the occasion.
And I leave you with a few quotes and encourage you to embrace the snapshots in your life.
"Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life."Brian Andreas
“A photograph taken today is a lifetime of yesterdays preserved for all the tomorrows.”
“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
Don't forget about Linda's linky party happening tomorrow! Do you have a story for us?
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