If you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you know how much I love taking photos. With five kidlets, there’s no shortage of subjects at my house. Last spring, I finally hit the wall. I had a great camera, but was consistently frustrated with the outcome of the photos I was snapping. Somewhere down the interweb rabbit hole, I found a delightful photographer, Kristen Duke. Not only was she cute as a button, but she lives in Austin. Holla! (Isn’t that the best, when someone you admire lives in your area?) And she offers photography workshops. Double holla!! And, she has two fabulous ebooks. Triple holla!!!
I asked (begged) Scott to make the workshop my early Mother’s Day gift and he obliged. A good friend and I carpooled to the class and we never looked back. I can happily say I’ve only used the auto setting on my camera a couple of times since last May. 99% of the time, I am a manual gal and lovin’ every minute. See far right for proof. I think I have four chins in that picture.
Here’s the deal. The moments are tick, tick, ticking away and no amount of wishing makes them come back. I had to figure out my fancy camera and start loving what it could do. This month’s giveaway is for Kristen’s ebook, Say No to Auto. Even if you can’t make one of her workshops in person, the book will most definitely give you real, practical, easy-to-use tools to make you fall in love with your photos again. She threw out the big, fat manual and boiled it down to the basics of taking photos on the “M” dial. Don’t be shy, y’all. Every time I take a photo now, I holler to Scott, “Look how it turned out!” and then flash a big smile. Kristen’s book is just that awesome.
My photos went from this…
I’m no pro, but I am a happy momma who now loves taking photos. I hope it’s not too dramatic to say that I feel like I’ve gotten my kids’ childhoods back, one digital image at a time. If taking better pictures is one of YOUR 2013 goals, I might be able to help with that.
If you live in Austin or Houston, Kristen has workshops ‘a coming your way. This is me at last spring’s Austin workshop, second from left in green. Well, get to it y’all! The giveaway ends next week.