I am loving our blog circle, A Thousand Words. A picture can tell a story in and of itself. But we use quotes to inspire us. This months quote is beautiful. I hope this blog circle puts a smile on your face!
You are so cute. End of story. I can’t get over how cute you are! I was looking back at your newborn pictures – and I can’t believe I am going to say this – but you have gotten even cuter. No joke. I didn’t think it was possible. But with every month you just get cuter and cuter. I am forever battling myself with wanting you to stay little, to be my baby forever, but at the same time, I want to see you grow and learn. It’s so fun to see you learn! You’ve learned so much this past month, too!
For starters, you’ve learned how to roll from your back to your stomach. You already learned how to roll from stomach to back. Now you are a pro at both. And since you roll so much, you are really good at getting around. I’ll place you in the center of our living room while I edit pictures, and within seconds you are on the other side of the living room. It’s impressive.
Your next favorite thing to do right now is blow raspberries. It’s so cute!! After that, you just sit there and talk to yourself. You also talk to mommy and daddy, too. It’s my favorite! I have way too many videos of you just talking to me. You’re talking right now as I type this letter to you!
Another thing you learned this month is how to put things in your mouth. It’s really quite adorable, I can’t get over it. Last month you had no idea what to do with toys that I’d give you, this month you love to hold them and put them in your mouth. It’s really quite amazing watching you learn like that.
This month we finally got you laughing. And oh. my. goodness. is it the cutest thing ever!! You laugh so much when I pinch you. Smile ear to ear! And you just laugh and laugh. I love trying to find new ways for you to laugh.
Four months has been quite the adventure. I can’t believe it’s been four months since giving birth to you. It seems like I’ve known you a long time. And I can’t imagine my life without you. You are so special. So important. So cute. So loved. I love you more and more each day. You have honestly made me a better person.
I am really excited to announce that I will be a part of a blog circle each month titled ‘A Thousand Words’. Each month we will pick a quote and take an image to go with it. I’m so excited about this project because I’m hoping it will push my inspiration. I am also excited to see what each of the ladies in my group will produce.
This time last year, we found out we were pregnant with you. October will always be one of my favorite months. I cannot believe you are three months already. Time is going by so quickly! But I am so happy I get to spend every day with you. You’ve been here for three months somehow. You are such a blessing in our lives. I don’t know what I’d do without you.
You are so close to finding your toes – it’s so cute. I just wish you’d find them soon so that I can photograph it. You are so patient with mommy and her camera. I hope you’ll thank me for it one day. I love how much you smile. You love people and being around family. You don’t like being alone (like in the car or when you are left in your swing), you would much rather be around people. You are starting to laugh at things. Right now your favorite is fart noises. You are such a boy! You just laugh and laugh at fart noises. It’s the best! I love trying to figure out what makes you laugh. You also laugh at certain faces I make (don’t worry, everyone does!) and when I tickle you.
It’s so amazing to watch you learn and grow. This month you are able to grab on and recognize a toy. Last month you had no clue! It’s amazing and I love watching you learn. You love to shake toys and eat them. It’s too cute! You are so amazing at how much you learn and I am so excited to watch you grow.
Things you love: your mommy + daddy. You love your aunts and uncles and your grandma, too! You love to smile and talk. You talk a lot, and believe me, we all love it. You tell mommy all about your day. You love to take baths. You love to get dressed in the morning. You love having your diaper changed. You love stroller rides. You love to kick and wiggle. You love to stand up and look around. You love to eat (who doesn’t!) and enjoy smiling at mommy. Your life is great!
Things we love about you: how much you smile. I could watch you smile all day (and I do!). We love your little personality that is starting to show. You are so calm and sweet. You are mostly a happy baby. We love the way you look. Your sweet smile fills my heart with joy. I love your hair, too! We can’t get enough of how cute you are. Daddy always comes home from work and giggles and says, “he’s just so cute!”. It’s adorable, really. Life got better once your arrived, little one. It’s sweeter and I have more of a purpose than I did before. I wish I could slow down time and let you stay little forever. But, at the same time, I am so excited to continue to watch you grow and learn and develop. It is so fun to see you learn new things.
Photography is a long journey of trail and error. But one of my favorite things about photography is that there is always something new to learn. There are so many different photography techniques to learn. There are so many ways to develop those techniques. I think some of the best things I did for my photography was learning to learn. What I mean by that is accepting that I have something to learn, and letting go of perfection. Allowing myself to be taught and to learn from it. Photography is a journey. If you’re ready to take the plunge into the journey, you won’t regret it.
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1. switching to manual mode
Take your camera off auto mode. Manual mode allows you as a photographer to capture exactly what you want, how you want it. It allows you to have full control over your photography, instead of letting your camera be the brains. Let’s face it, the camera is pretty smart, but you’re even smarter. Making the switch to manual mode just two years ago has literally changed my photography for the better. Learning manual mode by yourself can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. I recommend taking a class, buying a book (if you’d like more book suggestions, check out my 10 Must Read Photography Books post), or searching on YouTube how to switch. Learning how to use your camera in manual mode is the best thing you can do for your photography. If you take nothing else away from this post, remember that manual mode is the way to go.
2. join a photography community
I joined a community of photographers called ClickinMoms. You don’t have to be a mom to join, you don’t even have to be a woman! It’s a great community of photographers that lift each other up. There are amazing tutorials, classes, and even just the photo shares can help inspire you. Joining ClickinMoms has led me to so many other great opportunities, like Instagram pods, Facebook groups, and making friends with photographers around the world. They’ve got my back, and I have theirs. Making friends in this business is a great way to learn and to also ask for help when you need one. I highly recommend finding a photography community and joining. You won’t regret it.
You might have a certain technique you love to use (for me it’s back lighting) and those images probably look amazing. But you won’t grow unless you try something new. Try incorporating shadows into your shot. Try a different composition technique instead of a center composition. Use leading lines, a different perspective, or the rule of thirds. Try shooting just the hands. Only include the feet. Change it up! Experiment! Have fun! GROW! I experiment all the time and I find new things that I love. It was through experimenting that I grew to love macro photography.
4. learn how to edit
I started out using a editing system that was free on the web. I am never going back to that! I upgraded to Photoshop in 2015. It was definitely hard to learn and I still don’t know all there is to learn from it. Then recently this year, I switched to Lightroom and I have never looked back. Lightroom is so easy and has all that I need to edit my images. If I ever need to clone something out, or anything else that LR can’t handle, I then upload my images into Photoshop and do some magic there. But, LR is all that I need normally and it doesn’t take me long to edit each image. I highly recommend trying Lightroom. If you need a good book, I recommend this one. It’s pretty cheap and teaches you a lot about Lightroom.
5. switch to raw
Switching to RAW was a big step in my photography journey. I had been shooting in JPEG for so long, when I switched to RAW I was literally amazed at the difference in quality. RAW images come out of your camera, well, for lack of a better term, raw. Your camera does slight adjustments to your JPEG images making them appear pretty when you first upload them. RAW gives you free choice as to how you want to edit you image. It captures so much more detail in each image. I NEVER shoot in JPEG, only RAW. I recommend looking into why RAW is better and decide for yourself if you should make the switch or not. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
6. let go of perfection
I’ll be first to admit that my photography is not perfect. It’s not even where I want it to be right now. But, that’s the beauty of photography, there’s always ways to improve. When I learned to let go of perfection, to accept my photography for what it was, my photography improved. I was able to start photographing for me instead of for anyone else. I was able to enjoy my photography and I was able to accept the flaws in it. I have a long ways to go on my photography journey, but honestly, we all do. So, let go of that perfection, and let the learning begin.