Tuesday, September 29, 2009

my inspiration

Taken 2 weeks ago these 2 images are my current favorites of Grace and William. If our eyes are the window to our souls, these images show them to me.



I believe that Photography is an art and like any art what fuels it is inspiration. That source is really what tells you what to photograph and what choices you make as far as the settings you choose on your camera, the perspective and composition you choose and even what you want to portray or show as far as evoking a feeling or mood with an image. What inspires me may be completely different than what inspires you or another person. I thought I'd share some of mine. You'll have to share with me what inspires you too...

Nature~ whether it's a stunning landscape or pastoral scene, a sunset, vibrant leaves in Autumn or the beauty of a flower or garden, I love them all.

Locations~water of any kind whether it's a lake or the sea, a beach, a large city, small town, buildings, businesses, architectural features of any kind, bridges(I'm a nut about them), and urban life and all that goes on in a city.

People~ the relationships or bonds between them... friends, families of any kind, children and their parents, siblings, couples, husbands and wives, grandparents and their grandchildren. To see the connection they all have to me is inspiring and heart warming.

Other photographers~ inspire me to try something different and step out of my comfort zone. They help me learn new techniques, try photographing different subjects, and teach me to 'see' through the lens differently and help me grow as a photographer.

My mood~ depending on how I feel that day or perhaps I'm in a joyful or a down time in my life at the time. Personally I find I do the best work when I'm a little bit depressed or sad about something.

And finally what inspires me the most are my children. They are the reason I got my first DSLR camera just 10 months ago. I originally wanted to take better pictures of my children and what I found was that I could capture their 'true' personalities and who they are as people. I can capture an expression, an emotion whether it is sad, angry, pensive, joyful or silly. My most favorite images are when they aren't paying attention to where the camera is and doing what they do best...being a child. They will have memories of their lives that they can pass on to their own children and grandchildren someday. A gift from me to them.

9 kind words:

Colleen said...

Gail this post is beautiful!!!! Inspiration is the key to photography...no doubt about it. I find that I view everything in life through the lens. I find that what may of been nothing more then an old building a year ago is now a perfect back drop for a picture. : )
The pictures are gorgeous!!!!
You my friend inspire me!!!
And you look hot in your new leopard boots : P

Jboo said...

Such a beautiful post and images! You have an amazing eye and you're so right -- the kids will treasure these photos!

Have a great day!

Janet

The Morris Family said...

We are all inspired by your gift!
Thanks for sharing Gail!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

BEAUTIFUL photos..
you are AMAZING..
have a great week..

The Things We Carried said...

Your inspiration is breathtaking! Lovely post and full of good things for me to take in. I love photography and really enjoy seeing the work of other bloggers. I visit many blogs that just take picts!

Dita said...

You know Gail, you are so right...the gift you are giving these precious children of your by photographing them is one that will last a lifetime.

It is no wonder they inspire you. They are just so amazing.

I swear, though, if you don't take Grace to a modeling agency soon I'm going to SCREAM....she has this look of royalty about her that grabs me every single time!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

And what a gift it will be for them some day:)

I have loved watching where your inspiration takes you each week. It is always something new and exciting......part of what makes looking at life through your lens so special:)

The pictures you chose are beautiful as always......your children are so full of emotion that you always capture perfectly.

Jewels of My Heart said...

How could one not be inspired... they are so precious and take your breath away.

Steffie B. said...

Bravo my sweet friend....I feel the same way....life is full of so many different possibilities thru your lens! ;)

Muah...
Steffie

 
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