Those of you who stay in touch with my blog once in a while know that I’ll occasionally post some pictures from our family’s Project 365. A picture a day. Sometimes it’s a picture of the highlight of the day or a funny happening of the day. Sometimes it’s something not so funny at all. And sometimes, it’s really little. But I like to mix in the little stuff with the big stuff. For me, it’s about trying the capture the whole essence of our family’s existence. I try to get a variety of shots like that.
So here are a couple of the “little things” from just this week: Like the tomatoes we pulled from our own little garden. I journaled about how delicious they taste and how I’ve been eating a tomato sandwich every single day this week for lunch. A childhood favorite. Mmm. I think I need to photograph a tomato sandwich next time.
And I just hit the big semi-annual sale at Bath & Body, which is when I stock up on our favorite hand soaps. Just snapped the picture after I loaded them all in a bathroom closet for storage.
Soap. Little stuff. And it’s a part of our life.
I try to get a variety of angles with my pictures. Like standing above the tomato bowl. Or getting down on the floor when I photograph the kids. (Crew is totally Mr. Army-crawl Baby now!)
I also aim for a balance of both close-up shots (such as the first 2 photos above) as well as shots that I don’t zoom in at all. Like this. Because I had my point & shoot really accessible in my bag, I was able to easily grab it to take this wide-angle shot at the airport last week:
I love that I can see Porter being a trooper and taking a piece of luggage under his wing … and how David (a.k.a. the best dad ever) was kind enough to put a very tired little 3-year-old on his shoulders while hauling some luggage.
And don’t forget to make the effort to get out from behind the camera once in a while! Let someone else take the picture …
Or give your arm a good stretch and take a good-ol’-fashioned self portrait. I did this one day while snuggling in the grass with Claire (we were waiting for Porter to finish a lesson).
I’m telling you … it pays to have a little point & shoot handy at all times.
Anyway, hope this gets you thinking a little more about the pictures you’re taking (whether or not you’re doing Project 365).
PS – A few of you wanted to get in touch with my parents. If you are in Finland, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll put you in touch with them.