Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I have always loved photography. I've always wanted to learn more about it and get some actual skills. But I've also been really intimidated by this because:

1. my brother-in-law, Seth, is an honest-to-goodness photographer (makes his living by taking pictures).
2. My father-in-law should make his living by taking pictures.
3. My husband--I think his pictures are brilliant and amazing.
4. Almost all of my husband's best friends are photographers, and their wives have got skills too.

So how is someone like me, with no real talent and absolutely bare bare knowledge supposed to break into this? I resisted it for a long time. I figured it was pointless. Just let Jayson take the pictures, right?

Wrong. Jayson's not always around. And I need a hobby (besides blogging). So, we did something extra special while we were in NYC. We made our way to B&H and I picked up my first digital SLR (interchangeable lenses). That's a fancy way for saying I have a sweet camera. I own a Nikon D80, and I have the benefits of being able to borrow almost all of Jayson's equipment.

The problem is I still don't really understand what I'm doing. Jayson gave me an amazing book, but I still haven't had the chance to read it all. I need LOTS of practice. Maybe lots of classes? And, as adorable as Mae is, I need another subject.

Anyway, here is what I have so far.


buttercup said...

Why do you need another subject? Your photos are looking great! And as you learn more you will come out with amazing artistic photos of your most precious daughter!

SharTrevHarp said...

I LOVE your photos! YOU HAVE SKILLZ! :) You're doing so great & I'm soooo jealous of your fancy schmancy camera!!

I have the same dream you do---I want to get into photography...Trevor took photography in college so he knows *STUFF*, I let him take most of our pics...we are dying to get a super cool digital like will be a pro in no time & then I'll come to you for advice! :)

Mark said...

Mad props. Super cute pics.

austinamasandra said...

I disagree, you have GREAT talent. You did a GREAT job with our Wedding invitation ('member,you even fix my teeth). Thank you for doing that for us! You are AMAZING!!!

Frankman's said...

You are totally an amazing photographer! Mae is gorgeous!!

janae said...

I love, love, love the lighting in your pictures. Either your house has amazing lighting from every angle, or you are GOOD. I only wish I had your 'lack of talent'!! :)

shareka anaiese said...

I just love the pictures she is so cute.. you did an awesome job!!!

Elisa said...

Those are seriously cute. You have a gift. I think you should do what you love, even if you don't think you're the greatest - somebody else might. I think they are great pics. Keep it up.

Mike and Jen said...

What a cute girl!!! Oh, and next time you are in Portland and have an extra hour we should meet up! Love the pics!

Heather Walker said...

I love your pictures. The lighting
is just so beautiful in every one.