My husband and I have been married seven years now. <3
Nothing beats a self timer and anniversary selfies!
Speaking of, let’s talk about not caring about getting them PERFECT straight out of the camera. I feel like so much is uncertain when I am not physically behind the camera when the shutter goes off.
I set the timer to 10 seconds, then I program the camera take 5-9 images when we are taking family images. I underexposed the images on purpose most the time; it’s a lot easier to bring up a slight shadow or darkness in a .NEF/ Raw file oppose to living with a highlight that isn’t recoverable!
I NEVER shoot in .jpeg. ever. I also rarely care if I look glamourous.
Here’s Legoland, CA. This is a few years old, maybe 2? This is totally edited; I edited people out of the background and brightened it and got rid of bra straps. Stuff like that. P.s. my kid’s adorable. We found a trash can I could put my camera on, or something and sat on the bench across from it. bingo!
Here’s one in Sedona, AZ shortly after we moved to Arizona. We found a stump we could set the camera on, rotated a bench thats I think chained down, and walla.
This one is from Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park, MI #Puremichigan I saw a porch far enough back that if I shot with my 35 we would have plenty of space. Or was it my 105? doubtful. Probably my 35. All i remember was this was a sprint to get in the frame and thats why my legs are all spread apart, because I was thinking of how to put my face and arms — not my legs!
Here’s another one from Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes area. This one took a lot of brightening in the faces because of the hour we were out at. Camera was on a “DANGER” sign.
This is from easter this year before we went egg hunting at the neighbors. Camera was on a tripod.
This is from Roosevelt Lake this summer. Camera was on a neat toadstool looking thing that was probably put there to place cameras on it for tourists.
here’s the Grand Canyon. This one was rough! High noon, antsy daughter. Lots of foreigners wanting to get where you are! I had my camera on my camera bag but the camera started to slouch into the bag and the frame just kept going up, up up…Whatever see the California Condor?! Exactly. I can totally pretend this was meant to be a negative space image. /not. #youknowthetruth
You see, you don’t have to make a family picture a painful experience. I make it easy, fast. We get 9 out of the way and i pick one after swapping heads and removing things from pockets and such.
Take a challenge and take a picture of your family within the month still. FAST. PAINLESS. you can do it!
but for real, everyone’s a photographer these days — you can totally do this too. ;D
For more information on how to program your cameras self timer, I suggest googling EXACT TERMS: “___camera model___ Self Timer ” I typically find some really awesome youtube.com tutorials. 9/10 chances are the person doing the tut has a brittish accent. #notsurewhy
My family will be able to look back at these one day and actually be IN the picture. Not just pictures of the things we saw on the trip but a picture of them ON it. I can NOT tell you how many of these we DON’T have from when I grew up. I grew up with a disposable camera glued to my hand. stuck. cemented. I forced my mom to fork over $20 so I could get them developed. It’s the only way I remember any of my childhood: photos.
I also lack, horribly, images of my mother and I together. And it’s something that when I’m 84 and maybe even gone that my daughter will look back and think “gosh i’m so lucky to have a crazy photo addicted mom who made a small photo documentary about everything in my life.”
These past events are for remembering in the future. I may live in the now but I want to remember the past.
you stay classy