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Monday, May 5, 2014

What is Your Favorite Photo

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak to a Girl Scouts troop about photography. Now I am a self taught photographer and have only taken one community class to learn about my DSLR, I had no clue what I was going to talk to this group of 10 year olds about. Their troop leader said it was an easy group of girls to talk to and just wanted me to go over some different things my camera could do. 

Want to know what my biggest fear was? That these girls would know more than me. In this day in age when they have grown up with practically every amazing piece of digital technology I was worried they knew more about it than me. 

So I gathered some info on the basics - The Rule of Thirds, Being the Zoom, Changing the Angle, but most of all I told them to Have Fun!

While talking to the girls I realized just how much has changed in the 16 years since I was 10. These kids had NO CLUE what film was, when I said the word they thought I was referring to a movie film. I was telling them that I grew up with a camera that didn't show me the image and I had to wait over a week just to see if the photo had turned out. This. Blew. Their. Mind. Considering everything in their childhood has been instant this shouldn't have surprised me. But it did. I can just see similar questions to these floating in their head: How did you post on Instagram if you didn't get your picture right away? or How did you take 20 self portraits {the word 'selfie' wasn't a thing} to get your smile 'just right'? 

Yep these girls made me feel old but at least they didn't make me feel uneducated like I feared. They were very interested in the photos I brought to share and asked a lot of good questions. One question in particular that stuck with me is What Is My Most Favorite Photo I've Taken - She had stumped me, no one had ever asked me that before. I wanted to keep their attention so I thought of an exciting trip and told them I had a great photo of a whale jumping in Hawaii. It was true I have some great photos from that trip but my most favorite photo ever taken wouldn't be that one. I still don't think I know the answer to that question, but when I do I'll let you know too. 

Do you have a favorite photo you've taken - why is it your most favorite?

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  1. Such a good question! I really don't know what my favorite picture would be. Maybe one that I took of my parents in Hawaii, just because it shows both of their happy spirits and radiates love.

  2. I love old pictures from disposable cameras. Especially the group "selfies" where you're not even sure if everyone's face is in the picture of how many chins you'll have.

  3. haha we got a disposable camera for a friends bachelorette party last August...and it is still sitting in my car undeveloped because I never remember to take it anywhere to have it done! Such a pain.

  4. That blows my mind. Just blows my freaking mind.

  5. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvMay 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time with the girls, and it's so amazing how much has changed and how "old" we sound when we talk about days before the internet and digital cameras. I love how all my photos from high school and college aren't "perfect" and really show the reality of my friends making goofy faces and just being us, instead of posing for the "best image".

  6. I am not sure I could even come up with a favorite. So many are fur different reasons. My nieces, Seamus, my family, the hiking trails. All people or places I love.