Apple Picking & Pursuing a Passion

Mid-November already. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but here we are. Fall is already winding down and winter is fast approaching. The fall has always represented new beginnings in my mind – even more so than the new year. I guess it stems back to September marking the beginning of a new school year, and the feeling of a fresh start it always brings.

This fall, I decided to pursue one of my interests that’s been developing over the past couple of years. I love taking photos of our children, and I’ve been working on improving my photography skills for awhile – watching online tutorials and taking workshops here and there in an attempt to further my skills. I got to the point where I had a pretty firm grasp of the basics (hello aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), but I felt like I was at a standstill. I wanted to keep learning and advancing my skills, but I didn’t know how. I finally took a leap and reached out to a local photographer whose work I’ve been admiring, and asked her if she’d be open to giving me some mentoring support. To my excitement, she agreed. She’s been encouraging me to learn the ins and outs of shooting “manual” and holding me accountable to practice my skills daily.

When it comes to photography, I don’t have a real purpose or end-goal in mind, but that’s kind of the nice thing about it. I do know that I want to be able to give my children some beautiful memories of their childhood to look back on someday. I hope that when they see these photos, they’ll think of me behind the lens, capturing them in that moment. Above all, though, photography is something that I want to do for myself.  I love learning new things (I’ve often commented to my husband that I miss university and wish I could be a full-time student for a living), and I also have an artistic side that I haven’t really indulged in recent years.

I’ve been using some of our family outings lately to practice my skills. An apple orchard was a relatively safe space to let the kids run free while I fumbled with the dials. When I look at these photos now, I see a lot of beginners’ mistakes, but hopefully I’ll be able to look back on these someday and see how far I’ve come. Now, if anyone has any tips on how to have their children stay still for more than two seconds at a time, please share.

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