When I am not professionally photographing families and children, I love to photograph my everyday. I love to take photos of the ordinary things that make up my day and my life. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a photo of a Starbucks cup, or a few, in my gallery. And that’s because I just love to photograph my reality. To me, photography is simply a visual journal where I tell my story. I just tell it through pictures instead of writing it down. Today I am sharing what things inspire my photographer eye. I will share what things make me scramble for my camera and think, “I have to photograph that!”
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The use of everyday objects.
First of all, when photographing my everyday, I love to take something that is ordinary and make it extraordinary! Like cooking. Cooking is such an ordinary and everyday task. But through photography, cooking can look so much more fun and very beautiful. I love finding ways to portray things differently.
To make an everyday object artistic.
In the image above, I was telling a story about making chicken noodle soup on a cold day. Instead of waiting until my soup was done and taking a picture of my warm bowl, I took a different spin on the task and photographed the moment before I started cooking, using my Lensbaby.
- No.01The use of color.
Something that always inspires my photography is pops of color. While I was placing an item into my Target cart one day, I noticed just how vibrant those red carts were compared to the white grocery store floor. The color just popped! It’s things like color that have me grabbing for my camera so I can photograph it. Even though I was doing an ordinary task of running an errand to the store, I was able to photograph it in a way that put a more exciting spin on my outing.
Pops of color can be found in everything from fruits to nature to decor and it’s something that definitely inspires me when photographing my everyday.
- No.02The use of texture.
Whether it is a soft new sweater or the sand beneath my toes, texture is another element that also grabs my eye. While I was out on a walk, the texture of the chain link fence in the photo above caught my eye and had me digging through my camera bag for my camera. As I lowered my aperture on my Sigma 50mm f.14 lens, I was able to capture the cold and rough texture of the metal fence as well as the creamy and soft texture of the nature that surrounds it.
I love to challenge myself to create opposing textures all in one photograph.
- No.03The use of you!
That’s right, I said you! Don’t be afraid to hop in the frame! One of my goals this year is to be more intentional about getting in front of the camera, instead of just being behind it! As photographers, we are always looking through the lens instead of being the subject of the lens. In the photo above, I noticed that our bedroom window was getting good light so I took that opportunity to grab the tripod and set the self-timer on my Nikon. I ended up missing the focus, but I fell in love with the photo. And I was actually in the photo, for a change! I am one who would rather be taking the pictures than have their picture taken, so when I do hop in the frame I really like to take a creative spin on a self-portrait.
- No.04The use of light.
Whether it is indoors or outdoors, I am a lover of light and I find myself chasing after it! And when it is just right, you will find me with my camera ready to go. I only use natural light when photographing indoors, so when I see prime window light I take the opportunity to do anything and everything with it. Sometimes it is as simple as setting my morning drink up on the windowsill.
Other times, I love to photograph how light plays on everyday objects. I love how the light creates subtle, yet apparent shadows on my coat. It has a way of bringing a stationary object to life, as the shadows emphasize the wrinkles around the sleeves from being well worn. Keep in mind that light not only beautifully brightens your photographs, but it can also create an emotion.
- No.05The use of repetition and patterns.
Repetition is something that definitely catches my eye. Whether is it the repetitious lines of the parking spaces in a parking lot or the row of lockers in a school hallway, repetition is all around us. Even in our homes there are patterns in the design of our wood floors or on the spindles of our staircase. You can even create them in your photographs and it can be as simple as lining up a row a pumpkins before clicking the shutter button.
These are just a few of the things that inspire me to photograph my everyday and what things I look for before picking up my camera. Sometimes I have a plan of what I would like to photograph, and sometimes I simply stumble upon some inspiration while I am going about my day. And to be honest, it is the unplanned moments that have made the best photographs.
One thing I have definitely learned is to keep my camera handy at all times. This means always having it in my bag when I leave the house, or keeping it on the side table in the living room. You never know when inspiration is going to come to you. And trust me, when your puppy jumps down into a pile of pillows and gives you a cute look, you will be glad your camera was on the table next to the couch instead of buried in your camera bag!
For me, it is all about the challenge of finding beauty in my everyday, no matter what I am doing or where I am. And if you think about it, that’s actually also a pretty great life lesson to live by! Beauty is everywhere, so just look around! To follow along with me as I document my everyday, join me on Instagram!