WHO YOU SHOOT FOR
Don’t worry about the not so perfect photo you just took. Don’t stress that it is not perfect enough to share on Pinterest. In fact why are you even on Pinterest? Or Facebook for that matter. Nobody wants to see your kids and family plastered on their screen. Nobody except Family that is. Does Grandma concern herself with your photo composition or the fact that you used a combination of filters, manual focus lenses and a library of Lightroom presets? No Grandma says she likes it because the background is blurry and she is looking at her grandkids. In fact she suggests that you do a black and white and selectively add the colour red back in to hi-light a ball, or some flowers… ahhh like little daggers to my eyes.
You still worried that your photos don't look good? Just wait 10 years… or 20. When you are looking back at your family’s life and you are flipping through a book (yes, a book! because you had foresight to print your photos!) the memories will flood back and fill your eyes with tears, choke your throat and move your soul.
WHAT YOU SHOOT
Here is my family skating, notice the lack of me in the photos… this is a current hole in my entire family photo plan. One day my kids will grow up and wonder if their Dad was ever with them on all their family events! I was, trust me. My seven year old says I need a selfie stick. I just pat him on the head and say funny little boy.
Here is a tip- don’t take photos of your kids looking at the camera. Are you taking a photo of their clothes? Instead take the shot when there is action going on. I act like this is all special advice, but really nobody pays me any attention . I get no respect. I cant get anyone to pose for me anymore.
Take some shots of the things around you. Everybody loves animals, snowy mountain roads and fireplaces. Plus when you are old and senile you will look at them and ask if this is something you should be remembering? Did I have a pet dog? Where is this road? In a way you are trolling your future self.
I really debated including these few colour photos, I think it messes up the entire aesthetic of this post. Maybe I will leave them in as an example on what not to do.
HOW YOU SHOOT
These photos are all on film and taken with tiny little point and shoot cameras. A monkey can take these photos. Lets just let that hang there a second…
All I do is put film in the camera and click on the button. I send the film in to a pro lab, in this case Richard Photo Lab in California. ( I add the ‘in California’ part to make it look fancy). The people at Richard will take my film, develop it with magic, scan the negatives and print proof photos for me. I now have every photo on three different mediums. Digital, archival negative and print. How is that for backing up your photos!
How are you backing up your photos? In 30 years will you say “I wish I did this….” or “I am glad I did this…” ? Come on we all know the answer. Shoot film! Or pick up the camera next to you and use that. I have thousands or family photos like these, simply because I shoot. If I was worried about making them all perfect I would probably have… hmmm, maybe a bakers dozen per year.
Thanks for reading and for having a sense of humor.
NOTE: All photos taken on Contax T3 and T2 cameras on Ilford HP5 and Fuji 400H film. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.