Earlier this year, I fell down a flight of stairs which majorly sucked. To everyone’s surprise, including me, I didn’t break anything or injure myself too bad apart from a nasty laceration on my right shin. I’d never been immobile in my life. It was hard to just sit at home and rest and not be able to walk very far except around my apartment to go to the bathroom, kitchen or to bed. I couldn’t be on my feet for very long due to needing to elevate my leg all the time.
Needless to say, staying inside was giving me serious cabin fever. It reminded me of how much I take being able to walk for granted. I really wanted to go outside and take pictures and just walk, but I couldn’t. I wanted to take photos but I couldn’t just get up and go outside.
So what did I do? I realized I didn’t need to leave my apartment to take photos.
It made me think about how easily we can forget about photographing our everyday surroundings. Maybe it’s because we’re immersed in it all the time. Maybe it’s because why would I want to take a picture of my kitchen? How boring, right? Wrong!
The cool thing about photographing your home is how can you make the everyday look interesting. What if you put your camera (or phone) on auto and took pictures of everyday things in your home?
Here are some ideas if you’re stuck at home and want to take some pictures.
There are endless things you can photograph in your own home. Experiment too with the time of day as how something looks can change during the day.
In short, there’s no excuse of why you can’t take photos even if you’re stuck at home. This time of year is perfect since the weather can make us feel more like retreating inside. And if you need a chance of scenery, go to someone else’s house and photograph their space! You never know what you’ll find.
I finally was able to meet up with Kim this past weekend for one of our well overdue photo shoots. The last time we did a photo shoot was back in winter of 2017. When we usually meet up, he'll bring a few outfits and we'll pick an area to explore in SF (usually) and have fun taking photos. I used to joke all the time that I didn't know what I was doing and in some ways, I still feel that way. I'm certainly no expert when it comes to photographing people as it's not my usual thing, but I go out with the intention to have fun and know I'll likely get a few photos I like. Thankfully, the SFMOMA where we went had amazing lighting so it played in my favor for most photos. Below are a few of my favorite photos.
One of my big takeaways after our afternoon on Sunday was that while I took plenty of not so great photos that turned out blurry, too dark, too light, etc., was that we had a lot of fun. To me, even if I didn't get any photos I liked, I had a lot of fun exploring, trying out new angles, looking for what I think might be a good shot, etc. In the end, it's all an experiment. Sometimes things workout well and other times, meh, not so great. If I go in with the idea that it'll be fun, most of the time it will be.
Next time you go out and shoot, experiment and have a fun. Don't think so much about the end product but enjoy the process of exploring the world with your camera, even if it's with your phone.
Big thanks to Kim for always being up for fashion photo shoot adventures and being my model! You're awesome!
Whether you're a beginner or advanced photographer, sometimes we all need a challenge to get us out of our comfort zone and see the world a little different.
We have just a few weeks left in 2018 and what better way than to do a mini photography challenge! Sometimes photography challenges can be overwhelming, like the 365 photo challenge where you take a photo everyday for a year. I did it once and it was a lot of work, I won't lie! But taking a photo based on a theme each week is a little more manageable. I will say I tried to do a 52-week photo challenge and I probably fell off the wagon in month 3. Boo.
But, I think I can manage a 5-week challenge and I think you can too!
If you're new to photo challenges, the idea is to take a photo based the theme posted. There's no wrong or right way to do this other than to take a photo based on how you interpret each week's theme. Photo challenges will help you look at the world a little differently, get creative and get you to take photos which will help you practice. You can post your photos on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #5weekshutterbugchallenge on your posts!
I'll be starting the challenge on Sunday, December 2nd and it will run through the week of the 30th of December. I'll be posting my results on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter if you want to tag me. I'll recap the challenge in early January 2019 and possibly share participant photos! I'd loooooove to see your photos for this challenge.
I'll be sending out a weekly reminder if you get my newsletter with each week's theme so you stay on top of what you should be on the look out for throughout the month.
Get your cameras ready and have fun photographing!!