Friday, April 27, 2012

give peace a chance


I love taking pictures.
I can hardly go a day without it.
This week I have heard a lot of photographers talking about picture taking.
I have seen some critiquing.
I have read some articles.
I have agonized over the many, many mistakes that are in every image I produce.
And here is what I learned:
I don't care if I take perfect pictures.
I don't care if a photographer looks at my picture and finds mistakes.
I don't. 
I mean, honestly, if a photographer wants to stare at my pictures,
 I can let them know before they even start that there will be abundant errors 
in each and every image.
What I care about more than anything is providing images that show life.
I am not going to photoshop every picture I have to perfection.
I am going to keep shooting and hopefully capture the beauty of life.
That's all I have to say about that.
Happy Weekend. 
I hope you capture it beautifully. 
Wether you use a camera, or just your mind.

Life is beautiful {and short.}

Love, Becky




41 comments:

May said...

That makes the two of us..:-)
I like my pictures just the way they are. Nobody in this world is perfect and yes, life is too short to ponder over the imperfections.

Scarlett said...

im with you Becky! thats all i see when i look at your photos, the beauty of life you seem to always capture so perfectly!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Very well said, Becky! If there are errors in your photos, I got no chance! :)

Tracy P. said...

That's why I keep coming back here, Becky. I used to be a scrapbooker. Over the years the layouts I was seeing got busier and busier. My mantra was "It's about the pictures!" And by the pictures, I meant the story. You take gorgeous pictures, Becky, and I especially notice how beautifully you've handled the light many times. You always get the light in your subjects' eyes. (Ms. Booshay is proud, I know!) I have come to the same conclusion though--I'm not gonna agonize over perfecting my photoshop technique. I'm gonna keep shooting fast so I don't miss the moment. And I'm gonna be happy with what I get.

Mark said...

I've always been in-love with your photos.
m.

Maggie May said...

How can anyone criticise your photography? I think the photos are always superb.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

April Vernon said...

Well said!! I love the way your photos capture life and happiness.

tiarastantrums said...

brava! I feel the exact same way!

Christine said...

Yes! Besides...I don't wear my photographer hat 24/7. Sometimes I'm just a mom with a camera, taking pictures of life. :)

Team Lando said...

I love your shots... they tell good stories.

(And if you're ever in DC, I maybe, just maybe, could use some updates photos of a certain little princess...)

Gail said...

I feel the same way, Becky. You shoot from the heart...and in my opinion that's the best way!!

hugs,
Gail

Em S said...

I totally agree!

Pittsburgh SupahMommy- The One And Only said...

TOo cute.

Skeller said...

how I adore your title with your peace-candy-close-up with your subject matter :-D !!! here's the important thing: you fill each image with a whole lotta love. AND you love the photography process. if photoshopping the pic to perfection is the thing that leads you down the road to burnout, then all is for nought. and what good does that do anybody? besides, all good photographers are on a learning path - we all have something we can improve upon, stretch ourselves with, and decide whether or not it's a good "fit" for us. negative critique-ing sucks, especially if it's done to tear someone down instead of giving them a leg up.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Weekend Becky! I hope you and your family have a wonderful restful time!

Sharon said...

Becky, your posts are always a breath of fresh air and a reality check in one. I love your way of life : )

Deb Crecelius said...

I took this quote as my mantra years ago (don't remember the author):
"Good enough is good enough".
Your photo philosophy is perfect.
Avoid sites that criticize. No exceptions.
Go where the love is.

Adrienne said...

:) That just might be the key to recapturing the joy of photography, Becky.

Lisa Advent said...

I for one LOVE looking at your photos! I see love. . .nothing but love in all of them.

xoxo, Lisa

Jenny said...

Love this post...and I love your pictures. Your pictures (and cute stories) are why I follow your blog. :)
Have a great weekend.

April said...

For whatever it's worth, I happen to enjoy viewing life through the lens of your camera. To me, taking pictures is all about what YOU perceive to be beautiful.

Ruth said...

Yes, you're right! Enjoying it is the important thing, and I can see you enjoy taking these lovely pictures :)

Cheryl said...

Thank you for this post! I have always loved to take pictures. As of late I've been trying to 'perfect' how I shoot. I've been reading, I've been viewing and I've been testing. The more I try to meet the standards that I read about the less I like the photos I take. When I'm out there having fun with it and getting to know my subject I like the pictures and my subjects seem to like the pictures.
As for editing... Photoshop is my nemesis.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Deb said...

I'm the same way...I like real photos..not doctored...for perfection...life isn't perfect...why should our photos be?? don't get me wrong it is fun sometimes to change to black and white or with a new gadget...but straight out of the camera photos are my favorite..

photowannabe said...

You are beautiful and life is beautiful.
I agree with you 1000%.
It took me a long time to share my photos with the general public since I use a point and shoot and am not "professional"
It was scary to feel like I was exposed but you know, I decided that this is the way I see the world...warts and all...so others can like it or just not look.
I'm not perfect and make tons of mistakes but I learn best from helpful suggestions and not from critics.
Thanks for letting me vent a bit too.
Love your blog and how you see life.

Beth Ross | Tyler TX Photographer said...

I love this shot. The little tongue sticking out is so cute. I love your words, too. What a great reminder that pictures don't always have to be perfect.

MG Atwood said...

Amen! Too much photoshop etc. let's just tell a story. Love your shot.

Lei said...

Very well said! Thank you for that! I always thought about being criticized the way my photos turned out blah, overexposed,underexposed and all those imperfections! It's true, it's all about what the story the picture depicts!

Christina said...

Your pictures are some of my favorites, because they are so genuine...on both ends. You love capturing life and beauty, and those who are being photographed are just being. That is so good!! I thought just the other day that I need to start toting my camera around again and just take pictures of all kinds of everything (I used to take it all over the place). :)

Debby said...

I love your photos. They are so clear and colorful. I know that you are a photographer bt it makes me feel better that you don't edit them all. I have a point and shoot camera and really have no desire for a nicer camera. I'd love to have better pictures but don't want to have to work at taking them. I don't edit and feel guilty that I don't....so thanks for making me feel better.

Deanna said...

Hurrah for you...love it!!

Buckeroomama said...

This is why I love you! :)

homeschoolceo said...

Amen to that! Shoot from the heart, and do what makes you happy. Life IS beautiful...and far to short waste time and energy on negativity.

Your shots always drawn me in. They are real and beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing!

Roger Owen Green said...

gee, I think digital pictures can be such a cheat. delete that "not perfect" shot, when that not perfect shot offers so much

Caseybumpinalong said...

Love this, Becky!! I think your pictures are perfect, just the way they are. You are my mentor!

Farmgirl Paints said...

My pics are flawed too. To be honest I kind of miss my point and shoot. Having to try and get the settings right before I start can squash the spontaneity of the moment.

Mrs4444 said...

My sentiments, exactly!

However, I must confess to Photoshopping one photo that I took today; I made my friend's neck-fat wrinkle disappear. That's allowed, right?haha

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Yes, yes, yes. The beauty of life is all that matters! :)

...melody... said...

I am with you Becky! I take photos to remember the moment so that as the years go by, I can look back and be drawn back into a different time. I don't photoshop anything (which maybe I should start sometime), but I'm happy! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your photos always speak to me...for I am not into perfection either...I'm into life. :O
xoxo

Teachinfourth said...

I love how you realize that your images don't have to be perfect to be good. Like you, I see all of the flaws of each photo I take while others rarely do (or at least admit that they don't).

Photography is all about capturing small moments. You do that so well.