Monday, October 24, 2011

My Blog Gave Me A Gift

When I first started blogging... oh how I wanted people to read it.
And I still do.

I wanted my google friends box to be filled with hundreds and hundreds...
and to be really truthful?...
thousands of faces.

While it's no longer possible, in the beginning,
I tried to visit every person who left me a wonderful comment,
because I was so grateful they took the time to leave it.
And I still am.

After learning the ropes of blogging I realized readers come and readers go.
I needed a better answer to the question Why do I blog?
Was it out of pride to prove to the world that I could do it successfully?
Was it because I wanted to remember?
Was it because I needed a creative outlet?
Yes, and
What I didn't realize though in those early days, was that my blog was giving me a gift.
A gift I was opening daily, without even being aware of it.
You see?  I started taking pictures.
Hundreds and hundreds of pictures.

The gift?


It is something that today, I am so thankful for.
Something I can't wait to learn more about.
I want to be the best I can be,
and honestly, I am in no hurry to get there...
Because the process is so flipping amazing!

I have soooo much to learn.
And I can't wait.
It scares me every time I pull out that lens.
Will it be enough?
Will I capture what I need to?
And I'm learning to trust.
My lens has not failed me yet.

Today because of a wonderful comment left on my last post,
I found a new photography blog that I will undoubtedly learn from.
See how this blogging world works?
It's called hula seventy.

top floor
I want to create these types of photos.

Ok... so she is a polaroid and film expert... but still,
I can taste these pictures.
Does that make sense?

this is
I love her perspective, the graininess.

She recently became a contributer for Shutter Sisters
and has an Etsy store for her prints.
She has been blogging since 2005.

It's given me a peek at what is possible.
I can see that I am only at the beginning of my journey,
and it makes me so darn excited.

Can you believe I haven't even bought photoshop yet?
Can anyone say "learning curve?"
There is a whole world out there I have yet to discover.

I have been known to be someone who is unable to "focus".
Funny, ha, for someone who is now taking pictures!
But this is not one of those times.

I feel as though I've found my creative home.
And I just wanted to say while at the beginning...
I was blogging for many reasons.

Today is simply to share my life with you, raising our girls,
using photography as my canvas.
I am so happy you come and leave me "awesome sauce" comments,
because as much as I wish they didn't,
they really do matter, and validate what I do here.

Thank you for all the kind words for Eldest yesterday.
Please continue to keep the families of the five boys in the terrible accident in your prayer/thoughts.
I hope they all have hundreds and hundreds of pictures to help them remember.

And as a last thought on this rambling post.
Please pick up your camera, and take pictures of your every day.
I promise,  you will never regret it.


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  1. Beautiful post and photos! I've just starting getting more interested in photography these last few months, though I know nothing. Hoping Santa will get me a new camera for Christmas, but I'm not sure I've been good enough. :)

  2. Even though photography is not my medium, I understand your feelings completely.

    And I share them.


  3. I love what you do! It will be fun to watch you grow!

  4. Dana,
    I've read your blog almost from its beginning. I feel like we've "grown up together." Sound weird?
    Just know, yours is one of my favorite FAVORITE places in cyberspace, and one day I hope we can meet as old friends. Thanks for blogging.
    Thanks for being my friend.

  5. I think you're awesome sauce too ;o)

  6. ps....blogging (and blog challenges) gave me the same gift. Who knew what I could create?

  7. I've been reading for a while and have always loved your photography skills. I am trying to get better, but I don't pick up my camera enough for that to happen soon. One day...

    Oh, and I edit using I'm scared of Photoshop. Really I am.

  8. Thanks for helping us to remember to let the ordinary/ everyday things become the 'extraordinary'....
    Your South of Calgary Friend :)

  9. Great post!! I follow you because you are truthful, funny and lovely!! I love seeing another mothers life in a country I used to live in. You have three girls, I have three boys. Sometimes I find it hard to blog, but I will always take photo's and I love seeing your life in your photo's and how you and your family are always growing.


  10. There is no doubt you will be as good and way better. You are amazing and a great photographer too. Thanks for sharing your life.
    Jen :)

  11. Oh Dana, what a beautiful post! I definitely think of my blog as a gift, too! Recording stories of Grands has been one of the biggest gifts I've received.

    Your talents are really a blessing...not only for your family but for us all!

  12. such a great post and such a great perspective!

  13. dana, I want to do this.

    But I don't know how to do this.

    What camera?

    I even tried the Photography for Dummies book, and that was too hard.

    Just do, right, just do.


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