I’m sharing a few photos today of my home, decorated for Christmas (as if there aren't enough Christmas home tours out there on every blog now...right?).
There are lots. Even more on Instagram and Pinterest. That means one thing. Your blog had better have some sharp, beautiful photos to be able to compete online. I try, but I have a lot of learning to do.
I can’t wait to get my daughter back here for a visit and have some down time. She’s going to reshoot some of these images for me, because her skills and camera are much better than mine.
I’ve got to stop depending on her so much. First of all, she doesn’t live here, secondly, she won’t want to come home if I’m always making her work for me. Okay, I buy her some clothes and such as payment, but I know I’d be a bit weary of mom always having a project for me when I came home for a visit, if I were her.
One thing I’m looking forward to, is getting a camera for Christmas. I still don’t know which one I want and I’m open to suggestions from any of you. It needs to be easy to use, mirrorless (lighter weight and smaller), and wifi enabled. (Okay, I'm hoping that's a thing. I know soooo little about all this.) I want to be able to shoot and publish without doing a lot of transferring of images, etc. Kind of like an iPhone, but with a better, smarter camera.
What I lack in skill I want to make up for in equipment.
Believe it or not, I took photography in college.
It was in the art department, so my classes (and I took several on photography), focused on making a statement with your image or saying something. They focused on the composition, contrast, the thought and expression you were trying to convey and how to use the medium to do that, rather than the technicalities of the production.
Matter of fact, they rather glossed over that, as they assumed we would get into that ourselves if we were choosing photography as our medium for our expression.
Photo shoots of interiors projects are expensive and time consuming. (Time = Money)
It’s expensive and a lot of trouble to get a project photographed. I’ve outlined some of what goes into our photoshoots here in this post. I’d love to get all my work professionally photographed, but it’s just too much to do that.
You know, we’ve gone all DIY these days. Everyone everywhere is googling info and doing everything themselves. So, I decided I need to try. With the amount of images needed in this business to market yourself and your work, especially to maintain a blog, you need lots of good quality images to put out regularly. I’m ready to learn how to do some of this myself so I can continue to grow my site and produce good original content.
Now, I'm learning a lot from my designer/photographer friend, Linda Holt, who often gives tips on how to get best photos with your iPhone. This post she recently put up is full of tips for taking holiday photos.
So, I’m on a mission to get better at the craft of photography, with the help of some new tools. Check back later to this post for some of my daughter’s images or perhaps some that I might take with my new Christmas gift. :-)
This photo above looks so pretty in person, but my photo makes it look rather dull. :-(
I'm doing silver, gold, and white in the dining room this year. We're a smaller group this holiday, so I'm bringing out the finery. :-)
I don't have a "designer" Christmas tree. I have ornaments collected from vacations and other memorable occasions. There are some kids' craft projects there as well as the ornaments the grandmothers of our family gifted my children with each year. One grandmother sent angels for my daughter and Santa ornaments for my son. I also bought them an ornament each year to commemorate some kind of event they perhaps had occur during the year or maybe some sport they might have played.
Wishing you a warm and happy holiday season!