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I'm finally, finally getting the hang of our DSLR camera or as I call it, the fancy camera. Like "Ryan, where's the fancy camera?". I love using my iPhone but for the shop it just doesn't cut it, so I've been learning my way around manual mode on my Canon.

One of the best parts of learning how to use this feature is the detail shots I can take of our home, Willow Crowns items, and Olivia. As she gets older, I feel less and less like sharing full on photos of her face online. It's a fine line with blogging, isn't it?  I always ask Ryan before I post a photo of him on here, so I feel like maybe I should be extending the same courtesy to Olivia? 

Would she want to see all these photos of herself? I don't know, I feel conflicted, so I've decided that while I'll share photos of her face from time to time in family photos, or special moments, I'm going to try to focus on showing photos that capture her age, her energy, and her spirit in a way that protects her a little better. 

Does that make any sense at all? Are you all thinking "okay, crazy."? If so, it's ok, I tend to be a rambler on the best of days.

The great part about this is that it also gives me a chance to work on capturing little details I want to remember, like how small her hands were (despite their ability to grasp a shocking number of fruit snacks), how much hair we thought she had (when she was practically bald just a few months ago), or how the girl can rock 13 bracelets at one time (go ahead, count 'em) like it ain't no thang.

We did a fun little painting project yesterday and while she was destroying everything in sight, I took literally five minutes to take some detail shots that I want to share.


I'm having the best time playing around with what parts I want focused vs. blurred out, and what angles I take the photos from. It's also making for much better photos overall because I'm not posing her, prodding her, or trying to get her to look a certain way (helloooo, stage mom) and she gets to have fun and I get some great memories out of it. It also takes a fraction of the time and that wins me over right there.



Don't worry, though. I won't be using the fancy camera all the time, so the incredible quality, highly filtered iPhone images you've all come to expect from me will still be the norm around here. 

Phew, right?

25 comments:

  1. i think our girls are close in age. where did you get those paint stampers? always on the look out for new activities to do with my girl!

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    1. They're from Target and a total blast! Hope she loves it!

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  2. Yesssss....I love this so much! I'm starting to learn my way around my Nikon D3200, which by the way, I also refer to as my "fancy camera." Ha. For the longest time I would have an idea in my head of how I wanted a photo to look and every single time it resulted in both Sadie and I being frustrated. I've learned to just embrase the moments as they happen and capture them as they are....not only do the pictures turn out better, but we're both a whole lot happier and the process takes a fraction of the time! Now if I can just master manual mode, I'll be set! I hear ya on what's too much to share as far as blogging, too. It's such a fine line and something that I go back and forth on as well. Great pics and great post...I always read, even if I don't always have the time to leave a comment! xoxo
    www.sadieskyboutique.com

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    1. Same for me, Jess! I wish I commented on more blogs I read...bad blogger over here! I always appreciate you stopping by :)

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  3. Where did you get the stampers and her adorable bracelets from!? And I feel you on the privacy thing. I've had people steal photos from my blog and pretend to be me (I mean, who *pretends* to have quadruplets!?!?) on blogs of their own. Somehow myself or someone else would find them, and we'd get the whole thing shut down. So I started putting a copyright on all my photos in Photoshop, which just takes a second since I resize them in there anywhere. I put the text right across my kids (usually faded, so you can still see the photo clearly) and have had ZERO problems since. So something you might want to consider if you feel the need! Gotta protect our little ones!

    Amber
    bellsandkilts.blogspot.com

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    1. The stampers are from Target and the bracelets are from the party favor section in Target - only $2 for 8 bracelets. We have like 4 sets, because we are accessories hoarders!

      And seriously? That's crazy cakes. That's probably not a bad idea to put some kind of watermark. Good call!

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  4. Awe love that you are mastering the fancy camera! I highly recommend a "nifty fifty" lens if you don't already have one! It's a prime lens and my favorite to use!

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  5. We call our DSLR the "good camera" lol. I always prefer how those pictures come out but often for convenience use the iPhone. I like your idea of taking less full face shots. Capturing the activity is great and I really want to do more of that as well :)

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    1. I'm with you - the DSLR is bulky and I never bring it in public because it makes me feel foolish, but it just takes such better photos!!

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  6. I also call my DSLR the "fancy camera." Good for you keeping little Liv's face out of the photos. I totally support you. My son is 4 and he is more vocal about whether he wants his picture taken. It has given me pause about what I post. Eventually he will inherit the digital history I started.

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    1. Such a great way to put it! I'm just really recognizing that her desires for her digital history may end up being different than mine and how do I want to go about walking that line.

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  7. ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one with the "fancy camera" moniker and the fact that I have barely started to use it in manual mode. I love the control of the shots but taking the time to fix the settings (on the camera) is a bit annoying. Have you learned any good tips? I'd love to hear. --I struggle with the fine line of "what's too much" as far as pictures with my daughter too. I mean I don't even mention my husband's name for privacy, yet I slather her face and name all over the blog. Wow. That was a novel.

    plumtickledpink.blogpsot.com

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    1. haha, we love novels around here! I've just searched Pinterest for some manual photography tips and there are some great cheat sheets out there! It's totally a fine line, and I'm not always sure I'm doing the right thing. It's a brand new territory, having an online presence - not something our parents had to think about when we were kids!

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  8. I just want to say that I'm really enjoying your blog. I love your voice and sense of humor. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I love hearing back from readers and sharing the banalities of my day with you :)

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  9. Oh so fun! I started using my "fancy camera" from the time Scarlett was about a year old and it's where I found a love for photography! In regards to having her face on the blog, I struggle with this also :) I try to always watermark my photo's at the very least but I wonder how she will feel about it when she's older.

    Great photos :) I love capturing the little details, they're my favorite! xo

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    1. I always love your photographs, it's definitely such a fun hobby!!

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  10. 1. what kind of camera? we are looking at a Canon or Nikon..."fancy" camera too!
    2. those paint dobblers are great! where did you find them?

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    1. It's a Canon Rebel T1i

      The paint things are from Target - so easy for little hands to grip!

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    2. So...I've searched HIGH and LOW for those darn paint dabber things.... No Target or Walmart near me has them. I'm pretty close to flying to Texas! :)

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  11. Bravo! I appreciate the stance you're taking with regard to your daughter's privacy. You're setting a good precedent for respecting that she's an individual, and not just a toy. I'm so sick of blogs that try to portray this perfect image of life. It's not realistic, it's too much damn work, and it tries to shame other moms into feeling like they're not doing it right. I'm a new reader to your blog, but I really like your humor, your intelligence and what you choose to share! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you! It's tough, because I obviously love her and think she's just the best and want to share her with everyone, but thinking ahead, I realize that might not be something she would want for herself. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, it means a lot to me!

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  12. I love what and why you're starting to take and share pictures that capture Olivia's age and fun instead of full on pictures of her face. That is something I have been thinking about for a while now -how to share pictures of my little one but not really share his face with the whole world at the same time. I want to share pictures because, like you, he is such a big part of my life. I love your new way of sharing your daughter and the pictures you have shared already capture her so well. I think I might steal this idea of yours if that's okay with you, and start sharing pictures that capture who my little one is without showing all of him off. Have fun with your new fancy camera!! They are fun :)

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  13. I have the same camera and am having the hardest time figuring it out. The sad part is I have had it for years and still can't get the swing of it. You're doing really well though and these pictures look amazing!

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