I've taken a lot if pictures lately. I'm wondering if this is healthy! The photos I've done in the past week have been all people, not so much my usual nature shots. I've been wanting to photograph a boy, because all my subjects are girls, and I knew I needed to change that. So i bribed my brother. I told him I'd take him to this great pizza place, if I got an hour of his time. (He's a teenager, give him food and he's putty in your hands). So we left the other morning for a beautiful riverside spot. Between all the shirt and shoe changes, pictures went well and we had a lot of fun doing it. I love making people laugh, and I especially try doing that during a photo shoot. What better picture to have than a natural, being yourself, laughing photo? Well my brother is not so dumb and would not fall for my jokes, but he chuckled to humor me. It was an enjoyable time and we spent the rest of the afternoon together, and having a blast.
My brother and I spend a lot of time together, not always voluntarily. We get along better when the parents aren't around, of course. So when I got to steal him away for the day and just hang out, it was great. Don't get me wrong, he still bugs me, but those moments really make me thankful I chose a brother over getting a dog when I was 4 years old. (Yes, I got the choice and still chose a baby brother...). I thank God for giving me someone who can be my sidekick when I don't want to face issues alone, or my parents alone. We have had our moments, but for the most part, we get along well now.
This post did not really have a deep meaning, or cool spiritual analogy, but I wanted to share the great time I had with my brother. (And document it, so that when he denies this, people will know the truth.)
The next day, I ended up having a mini photo shoot with my entire group of friends. Long story short, it was crazy and awesome. All the girls love being photographed, but the boys are just standing there waiting to go back to a house to get food and get out of their dressy clothing. My one friend and I love photography more than the rest, so we came up with pose ideas and different groupings for photos. We laughed more than anything else-- just having everyone together was a great time. Our pictures turned out great, the boys got some food, and we went back to play board games for the rest of the evening.
I am very blessed with the friends I have been given. Throughout all of high school, they stuck with me and now we are still going strong through college. The pictures we take each summer remind me of our bond between one another. There's 10 of us total, typically, and it can be hard to get everyone together now that we're older and busier. The moments we all get together are usually the ones we photograph the most, because we wanted to capture it all. My friends can always count on me to have some sort of camera on me... "Ashley, take this picture!", and the photo moments cause more laughter and more fun.
I love taking pictures. Each one just seems to tell a story about a memory or a person in it that is significant. God blessed me, beyond measure. I have some crazy people I am surrounded by, but I would not change a thing. Do you realize how blessed you are? Think about the people that mean the most to you, capture the moments with them. Remember it forever.
Look around you.
Here's my blog!
I used to think Blogs were pointless, and nobody read them. That may still be the case! But I found reading people's blogs actually made an impact on me, so I wanted to do the same. I love photography, and a lot runs through my mind when I'm taking pictures, so I decided to share all my thoughts with you guys!