I have always taken pictures, snapshots really, of lifetime events that I want to look back on with fond memories. In 1997 I was introduced to Creative Memories, a home-based scrapbooking company, and I instantly accepted its mission statement as my own: preserving the past, enriching the present, and inspiring hope for the future. I learned that the picture only tells a part of the story; there is value in writing down the details – the who, what, where, when and sometimes why – for future generations to enjoy.
I still take snapshots of family milestones and vacations, but recently I have wanted to learn to take photographs. How do I distinguish the two? To me, photographs capture not only the subject but the mood; not only the colors but the emotions. Snapshots utilize the simple point-and-shoot method; Photographs are composed, with attention to lighting, perspective, and creative decisions. Snapshots capture a moment; Photographs tell a story.
I am in no way a professional photographer – nor do I aspire to be one. I am at best a dedicated hobbyist. But in attempting to teach myself photography, I have learned far more about life. The camera has taught me to slow down, pay attention to the small details of the world around me, and find joy in the moment. This blog will serve to share these spiritual insights, as well as to post a few of my photographs and the stories behind them.