Tuesday, January 25, 2011

‘Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.’ ~Salvador Dali

You will never come here and see perfect pictures.tina and sophia
No matter if I take one million classes.levi
No matter if I get the best camera known to man.sailor 021
No matter what.
Stop it.
Please stop it.i love you 7
Did you capture a special moment?jimmy and brenda 7
Well then, there you go.
That is treasure enough.   katrina
Love,
Imperfect Becky {who doesn’t give a flying fig about camera stats if I got the moment and the story}

Do you want to learn more about imperfect me? My friend Simone from Chocolate Covered Day Dreams did a little interview about my interracial marriage with none other than the fabulous Gary.
Check it out here.  Just don’t expect too much.

85 comments:

Gigi said...

So true! and very beautiful!

Now if I can just quit cutting off the heads of my subjects - then I'd be happy..... ;-)

Kelly said...

Life can be so very beautiful! Imperfections and all!

really.truly said...

Sing it sister!

Mark said...

If not perfect, you're getting real close.
Your Friend, m.

Skeller said...

preach it, Becky! Real *IS* beautiful ...

Laura said...

Love the message and I just adore your photos because they are real :)

Angela said...

Love this message! I so need to remind myself of this - daily! I love your photos..always :)

Tracy P. said...

You are making me laugh! I totally agree, BUT...I did have to drool just once this week when I took a really beautiful shot of some snowflakes and then imagined what a nice macro lens would have seen. Can we call that a little yearning maybe and get away with it???

Sylvia K said...

I couldn't agree with you more, just can't say it as well! I'm just delighted that I have a camera, that I can take photos -- perfect, imperfect or somewhere in between. It's the joy it brings that matters! Thanks for your wise words!!! Hugs to you and Kaishon!


Sylvia
ABC Team

Jim said...

I am in total agreement with you Becky. Way to much emphasis is spent to getting the most perfect 'technical' photo. Have you even noticed that some of these very 'technical' ones are very cold and sterile. There is certainly a place in knowing how a camera works and how to set up the perfect shot, but they don't necessarily produce the best results.

And you are proof of the perfect combination of both.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

You couldn't be more right Becky! The moment is what counts. Honestly... I haven't even figured out all of that iso stuff. Always said I would... but I haven't. :)

April said...

Hmmm...what in the world is an ISO? Not that I really care...I simply just snap and shoot! You leave me inspired all the time!

shutterflies said...

I so enjoy reading your blog, your words always make me smile.

Leesha said...

So perfectly put.

Love it.

Lauren said...

I don't know anything about ISO or other such photography terms. In a way, I believe that is a very good thing. Obviously, I don't mind being an amateur photographer. I do it for fun. I judge whether or not a picture captures something, and if it captures something in my eyes, in my soul, then that is fine by me. Especially, if I can find someone else who agrees it's captivating. :)

photowannabe said...

Thank you my sweet friend. That's what life's all about...captureing memories. You know it was hard for me to start sharing my pictures. I still don't know an ISO from a hole in the ground. Love your family "heart" shots. They hit something deep down inside of me.
I just read the birthing story on I heart Faces of your latest photography judge. It litterally tore me to pieces. I'm still not recovered. Actually I don't think I ever will be. There is a lot of meat there to chew on.
Love you and hope each day gets better and better.

Busy Bee Suz said...

ISO?
Is that similar to a UFO????
xoxoxoxo

Gail said...

You said it perfectly...who really cares about ISO?! We should be having fun and capturing a moment.

Love your posts Becky!

hugs...

Maddy said...

So, so true!! And you capture a gazillion perfect moments!! Your photos are always complemented by your beautiful words!! It's my chicken soup for the soul :)

Wanda said...

Becky, that's such affirmation to us novice photographers who just love to take pictures and capture the moment.

And I will use your expression "flying fig" Love it, just love it.

You are a darling with so much wisdom...thanks dear~

Roger Owen Green said...

not just in photography. people are so worried about being perfect, when they can never be. it's a disease, i think.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Corine said...

You said it! I do actually want to take a photography class... but all the same, if the moment is captured it is 99 % perfect to me already! ;D

Some people are SO good with their cameras... but still don't capture the moment. The feelings, thoughts, memories, experiences, magic... these have to take presicence to taking an impressive photo for the pictures taken to be of any value.

Karen Deborah said...

I'm in your AMEN corner on that one sistah! For me ignorance is bliss. If I knew all the flaws in my pictures I'd never post any. You DO capture the moment in very real and beautiful ways!!!

gretchen said...

Perfect, friend. I love it! You inspire me to take out my point and click and catch a moment. ;)

gretchen said...

Perfect, friend. I love it! You inspire me to take out my point and click and catch a moment. ;)

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Oh you are so WRONG Becky... every picture you take is PERFECT!

Sarah Halstead said...

I love these photos. I love this post. It is soooo true!!

myevil3yearold said...

So true and I suck at pictures

M said...

I love photos..they tell a story...they are on all the walls in my house...I love your blog for the way you frame the photos...you have the eye! I once heard someone say they didn't want to be perfect because then there was no room for improvement :) I love your pictures :)

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Love this post! (Even if/Especially since your photos are all drool-worthy!) Came at just a moment when I was feeling blah about my photos. I felt I had a growth spurt last year, but need to step up my game this year somehow. But I totally love (and take to heart) that Dali quote! Awesome.

septembermom said...

You capture countless perfect moments of life :) Always well done and full of love.

Tumblewords: said...

Perfectly perfect! I love these shots. Each and every one.

Ky said...

Awesome quote!
I really needed you to say this to me today! I was feeling all hopeless and useless with my photography skills, but I don't anymore! I take pictures for me, my style. I shall no longer take any notice what anyone writes or says how I should use my camera.

You rock Becky!

Btw, that photo of Kaishon trying to catch snow on his tongue made me giggle. He's the coolest!

Casey Freeland said...

I don't know how you do it, Becky. Its the imperfection, the real life, that makes these so good.

Thanks as always.

Casey

Wanda said...

Right on.....again! And I'm so glad you don't give a flying fig. Your pictures tell such a full and rich story - everyone of them. They make me want to be there and to talk to whomever you've captured. Sit down and have a coffee and laugh and just be. That's a lot to see in a picture.

xoxo

Cheryl said...

I could not agree more. What you capture here is always real. That's my favorite part of photography: lasting memories. When I don't have my camera, I tend to savor the moments; my eyes the lens, my brain the film/disk.

Cheryl
ABC Team

Stephanie said...

Amen. I will try super hard to not feel the need to explain or comment on that stuff anymore, M'am. You have my word.

Stephanie
dirtandlace.com

Emmy said...

Great post! And you are right.. I know espeically since I am a professional photog now, I often second guess what picture I am posting.. but espeically on just my personal blog I try not to worry too much.

By the way your pictures are beautiful

Kayce said...

Fabulous reminder!!!! I've been so stressed out lately about taking the "perfect" picture, that I know I'm missing moments that I really shouldn't. Thank you so very much!

Ocean Girl said...

I love each and every picture on this blog. I am amazed by the colours, the vibrants, the beauty of your models. Where do you find them?;)

My models wouldn't post for me. Last night I bumped on my children singing and playing the guitar. The minute they saw me with the camera, they stopped. It made me regret rushing to grab the camera instead of joining them and enjoying the moment.

R Montalban said...

This was a lovely post, and I think your photographs went so well with the words. Don't stop what you are doing it and keep encouraging it, love it.

Raymonde said...

Hear hear my friend! Well said! Take care. xxx

Vrinda said...

This is the first time I'm visiting your blog...I'm so very much touched by few of your snaps...they are so beautiful and they convey so much.

I can't myself from being your follower.

Vrinda.

Henrietta said...

That was funny and I love it. Sometimes people do forget it is NOT all about technique it is all about how you express yourself. First there is a picture and then there is technique to help you, but if there is no idea you don't need technique:)
Greetings from Finland

Run DMT said...

Those photos looked perfect to me!

This post is so true! It's funny that you post this because this past weekend I went to a parade with my family and afterwards I scanned throw my photos and realized I used the wrong setting for a bright sunny day. Oh well. I have so much to learn with my new SLR camera and I am certainly not perfect.

Erika said...

what a GREAT post!!!! thank you for the comment on my blog- it really lifted me up!

love,
erika

Buckeroomama said...

"Did you capture a special moment? Well then, there you go. That is treasure enough."

SO Becky-ish and SO, SO true. That's what I like about you. You come up with the most "basic" nuggets. :)

Serline said...

Couldn't have put it any better myself ;-P

Colleen said...

Amen to that Sweetheart! :)

Maggie May said...

YOU might not think your pictures are perfect but I would bet my bottom dollar that they are ALMOST perfect. Maybe everyone can do a little better but in your case, I don't know how!
Your photos are stunning!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

It's not about the perfect picture. It's about the memories held within the capture.

P.S. I don't know what ISO is, nor how to change it on my camera. :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Your perfect in my eye....you and your awesome photos!


I need a new word....I'm stuck in the awesome 80's!


You rock Becky!....omg..that;s so 90's

damn!
love ya!

Sharon said...

I've always enjoyed sneaking a peek into your lives through your photos and words....ISO and all ; ) I enjoyed your interview on the other blog too!

Love Letters To China said...

Always love your photos Becky. They do lead us into your life perfectly. Loved reading your interview!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Colleen said...

Amen to that!! So true and I hope I always remember that.

Ginny said...

I love your thoughts. I will remind myself of them the next time I am spending 20 minutes in photoshop to correct my errors. :) Maybe I will just smile and leave it the way it was shot.

Glad I found your blog

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I always think your pictures are perfect, Becky because you perfectly capture the emotion. I think I enjoy your photos more than any other blog I visit, truth be told.

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

flying fig....i love it! that may be my new favorite saying.
Anyway...your photos capture the moments of life beautifully. I think part of being able to do that is because you are a lovely person inside & out, and that translates into your photos and how you see the world :)

Jane and Chris said...

FABULOUS!
I'm not a writer,or photographer (my camera is very old,very basic and held together with sticky tape). My blog is just about everyday stuff, everyday life that some people may relate to; that's it.
Jane x
PS I wouldn't know what an ISO was if it smacked me in the face!

Pix-Ology said...

Well, I think your pictures are perfect! Love the expressions and the feeling behind them!

TechnoBabe said...

Good for you. Expecting perfection is such a waste and puts pressure on when there doesn't need to be any.

Alicia said...

I love this post so much! I don't understand any of that technical jargon, I just like to take pictures!

Jill - FNA Photography said...

Another awesome post Becky!

Love you!
xoxo
Jill

Vicki said...

Great post Becky! I am a photographer and I agree with you. It's not about the perfect picture, it's about capturing the moment, just enjoying life and the beauty.

Erika B said...

So true! It's all about the great capture! You can have all the right stuff and know everything about your camera but if you don't see "the shot" and have the right feeling you'll never take the perfect picture.

Erika B

the complex blog said...

I love it....tru emotion

Kimmy said...

Well put! I sometimes critique my photos but at the same time, I also like them in their natural state. Not edited. I pretty much refuse to edit.

Love this post!

Lisa said...

Thank you for such a great reminder today! I needed that...

Lisa said...

Imperfect Becky...I love you!!! I don't even know what ISO means but I tell you this...I see lots of love in your imperfect pictures.

Love, lisa

Angie said...

I love this post! You are very inspiring :) The pictures you post are always beautiful

Susan said...

Thanks for keeping it real. Gosh...you won't find any perfection in my world.


Love coming here♥

Leslie: said...

You have definitely captured some incredible BEAUTY of everyday life here! My fave today is the lemon! Have a great week,

Leslie
ABCW Team

Rebecca said...

Oh yay I so agree. Capturing the moment is KEY and half the time my settings are set from the previous photo anyway. HA! Then I feel so stupid and hope nobody notices. :) And I dislike camera snobs immensely. We are all at some point on the learning curve and if you are not willing to help those behind you, than poo. If you are critical cause they know less than you than double poo. There, I feel so much better - that has been building up inside for a while!

Eboix said...

love the Dali quote, and this post, fantastic!

AJ said...

This is so true! Great post and beautiful photos....

justine said...

absolutely fantastic shots you have here, love your black and whites.

Grace and Bradley said...

They are all just perfect pictures!!

Sheri said...

Yay for imperfect Becky!! Okay, I admit, I want my shots to be incredible, but they rarely and I really don't have the time to try to learn it all...although I'm trying.

Ya know, life is incredible enough..right!

zippitypow said...

Wow well said!

Ellie said...

YAY!!!! just what i needed to hear :)

Debra said...

I'm so glad to have re-found you Becky. I'd had you on my fav's bar of my laptop before it's untimely demise last year!

I enjoy your posts, quotes & your photos so much;this particular post is my new fav of yours.

Thx for your sweet words for cute Ruby Tuesday. :)

Christine said...

Can i be honest... i am tearing up a bit, because it's so true! i was just saying on my blog about how i was unsure/unsatisfied with an edit... but in reality i should be thankful to have just captured the precious moment! Thank you so much for the reminder & for your really sweet comments on my blog, there is love all throughout your imagery too! i don't know how i wasn't following you before but i am now!!!! Blessings & Happy Thursday!

Kim said...

True beauty lies in our imperfections. But for some reason, your photography is always perfect for me.

The GUILTY HYENA said...

Hit's the mark, nicely put!

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man and woman. :)

Liz said...

You always take beautiful pictures!

I don't care about all of that photo jargon either. I just take pictures whether it's my DSLR, my point & shoot, or my iPhone. AND other than what came with my Mac (iPhoto) I don't do any editing. I think all of that takes the fun out of things if you get too serious.