After Christmas, came the Yuletide Ball. I was one of the prominent photographers to record the event (you saw the pictures I took here), and I wanted to do something a bit different, more special than turning up my ISO and getting a bunch of grainy so-so photographs. So I toyed a little bit with the idea of borrowing a 50mm lens from my photographer friend Jo. I was pretty darn thrilled when she complied with my little dream. We picked up the lens the next morning, and I play with it all day. Oh my. You should have seen me! I was prancing and squealing around the house like a little 5 year old with a new toy, clicking the shutter like crazy! Up until then, my passion for photography had mellowed quite a bit, and photographing an outfit or everyday event became a bit mundane and uninspiring… Borrowing this lens gave me a gallon of fuel to start my engine again and once more click the shutter!
Aside from borrowing Jo’s lens (thanks, girl!!), I have been experimenting with my new VSCO presets which are just dreamy… Dad and Mom spoiled me with those this Christmas, and I have been swimming through the world of vintage film presets and filters ever since. Oh me, oh my! Sorry, but the photography on BFS is going to look a little different from now on… 😉
Something that Dad was talking to me about today in regards to photography, was how a good photographer’s drive should not be the shmansy editing software and equipment (though those are such fun!), but the excitement of relating a story through the pictures they take. Needless to say, that is something I struggle with! So then, my personal resolution for this year, 2014, is to take pictures for the joy of telling a story, and to develop that talent. Not playing with the software or coveting backdrops and lenses; rather using those things to help me tell the story, not make me tell it, or not tell it at all. My drive should be communicating a tale through the photos I take. Yes, yes, that is what I resolve to do, by God’s grace.