Capture the Everyday Moments

CaptureTheEverydayMoments

 

I’m sure I’m not the only memory-keeper out there that loves to scrap the ‘big’ stuff in life. You know what I mean…  the vacations, the birthdays, the celebrations, the weddings, and the holidays. There are obviously many reasons to document those “big” moments, and they definitely have an important place in our scrapbooks.  In fact, going through photos of those “big” events at a later date conjures so many memories and wonderful feelings. Anyone else feel the same?

But… what about the “small” things?

So much of our lives are made up of the little everyday moments. Someday, we’ll love remembering those moments, too.

I’m talking about the moments, activities, and feelings that happen during the course of a “normal” day. I’ve really been contemplating this idea lately — the question of “who on earth would want to know what happens during my typical day?” But then I think to the future… I think of my kids growing up to become adults, and looking through the scrapbooks that I put my heart and soul into creating. I think of them reminiscing about vacations we enjoyed, celebrations we happily celebrated, and proms that they attended. I also think of them looking through these scrapbooks and thinking about our everyday life. I want them to see and remember all the facets of our lives… from the “boring” to the exciting. I want them to know ME. I want them to see how I spent my Saturdays (because, let’s face it, they are a little clueless when it comes to what goes into running a household!). Scrapbooking is about documenting our lives, and what a great way to share those memories, even the little things.

Here’s a layout I recently created that shows what a “normal” Saturday in our life looks like through my eyes (created with Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Design and Daily | Scrapbook Kit by Little Lamm & Co.)…

 

If you need some ideas on the “little” things that you may want to document… just think about what makes up your life each day. You may be so annoyed about the toys on the floor… but, before you know it, there won’t be toys on the floor. Capture them while they’re a part of your story! How about that pile of dirty laundry? Think of how blessed you are that you are and your family are clothed and warm. Think of sharing a meal with your family… the smiles, the food, the conversation. Don’t you always want to remember how it feels right now? What about that wonderful glass of wine that is so deserved after a very long day… take a photo of it and document why it is so deserved! There are so many little moments during the course of our day that all add up to create our lives… and we don’t want to forget these “little” things, because they’re really not that little. We want to capture them, so they can live on and reflect our real lives…. that’s the legacy we want to leave. Our REAL lives.

Here’s another great example of capturing the “little” things… this lovely pocket-style page was created by the very talented Farrah of TDP’s creative team (using Daily | Photoshop Templates, Daily | Scrapbook Kit, and Daily | Pocket Cards and Printables by Little Lamm & Co.)…

 

I have one more fantastic “everyday life” layout to share with you… this one, created by Amie, another one of the wonderfully-inspiring TDP creative team members (she created this with the Project Twenty Sixteen | March Kit by Wishing Well Creations and Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Design)…

 

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas about ways to use the “everyday moments” in life to help you capture your real life when you scrapbook. It is such an important part of leaving our legacy!

And now… are you ready to capture your own everyday moments? Head over to The Digital Press’s challenge forum, because I have a related challenge waiting for you!

 


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies. She’s a radiation therapist by day, and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape). She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, Friends reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling. Oh, and wine… she really likes wine. She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in photography

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

In many cases, blurry photos are a bad thing: photos are supposed to be in focus and sharp to be considered good. I usually follow this “rule” but I’ve been trying to be more creative recently and I’ve decided to create intentional blur in my photos. And I found out that the result could be awesome, fun, and creative (as is often the case when you break an artistic “rule” on purpose!).

Let’s discover the 3 types of blur you can have in photography (all images are retouched with Dunia Designs‘s The Basics Lightroom Presets):

Camera shake: when your shutter speed is too slow to handheld your camera, you get camera shake. It can be “bad” when it’s distracting from the subject of your picture, but it can also be a fun technique when done on purpose. I took this very abstract image, for example, with a 3 seconds exposure and while spinning my camera in front of Christmas lights.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

Cynthia Haynes is a photographer I discovered recently who is known for her long exposure / intentionally blurry pictures, and she has some pretty inspiring shots!

Bokeh: this type of blur is created by using a very big aperture (very small f/number, like f/1.8 for example) and it’s usually in the backgound of something sharp, but you can also create bokeh “by itself”, on purpose. Last week we had some spectacular sunsets, and I obviously had to snap some pix after work. I started with the classic, in focus, shot.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

Not bad, but not very original either, right? Then I decided to manually un-focus and create bokeh with the sun reflection on the river. You can’t see the landscape any more, but you get an abstract picture where light and colors are the most important things.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

Here’s a more classic example of bokeh, that I created by focusing on the puddle right in front of me with a very big aperture, so that the background (and a bit of the foreground too, since the depth of field is very small) is out of focus.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

Movement blur: this happens when your camera is steady (because your shutter speed is fast enough for you to handheld it or because it’s on a strong support like a tripod, a table, etc.) but that your subject moves faster than your shutter speed. This is the technique you use to photograph fireworks, for example, that’s how you create those gorgeous “flowers”.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

You can also use this technique to show movement and gives a sense of speed. That’s what I did (without even knowing, I was just starting to take pictures and had absolutely no idea what I was doing! LOL) while photographing the Tour de France in our little town in 2005. I got on the first floor of a building, right above the road, and since the day was cloudy and dark, my camera (in auto mode) selected a shutter speed too slow for those speedy athletes.

Tutorial Tuesday | Intentional Blur in Photography

If I had do take that picture again, knowing what I know now, I’d definitely try to use a technique called panning where you follow your moving subject with the camera. That way, your subject will look sharp and the environment around it will become blurry, kinda the opposite of the image above.  It’s a perfect technique for races of all sorts because of how much it materializes speed.

I hope you’ll enjoy playing with intentional blur and find these tips helpful! Don’t hesitate to comment with your questions or post in the forums!


Chloé

About the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown