Celebrate the magic of photography by sharing your memories, exploring your creativity, telling a story, or discovering more about life and the world around us.
American photographer, David Alan Harvey once said, “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” And so I did—the freshness of the crisp, beautiful spring morning of our wedding day, the sweet first smile of my newborn baby, and the sense of awe from the first time I stood face to face with the most beautiful and iconic places and scenery I’ve only only visited in my dreams. These are the photos that will live in my heart and mind forever.
I also love capturing photos I feel are simply delightful and brighten my day—a rainbow-colored specialty drink, pink and blue spring floral bouquets on display at the local Farmer’s Market, and multi-color glass bottles on the shelf of a local crafts store.
Don’t worry about the perfect light, angle or mood before taking a photo. Whether you use a smartphone or your trusty DSLR, just snap away memories, moments or things that excite you, move you or bring a smile to your face. One of my favorite photographers, Ansel Adams, once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
How wonderful it is that we have the ability to freeze a special moment in time and capture life as it happens or simple pleasures that bring us joy. Time will fly by and people, places and things may change but through the magic of photography, we are able to remember them as they were and relive the joy, love, triumph, or sense of wonderment for years to come.
French photographer Marc Riboud said, “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” During National Photography Month in May, savor each and every special moment life has to offer with the following ideas:
Discover life and the world through photos
- Visit a photo exhibition – Be informed or enlightened by what you don’t know.
Viewing the compelling collection of photographs at our local art museum highlighting the forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians during World War II and walking through the gallery of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs traveling exhibit on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C., gave me a unique opportunity to learn about lives lived during moments of triumph and defeat, injustice and exclusion, as well as stories of celebration and hope.
- Flip through books, magazines or online photo galleries – Don’t have time to walk around a local photo gallery? Head to your local bookstore or visit NationalGeographic.com’s photography site for breathtaking photos of life, nature, people, places, or world events right at your fingertips.
- Learn about your favorite photographer – Whether you appreciate nature, fashion, architecture, history or famous faces, Webneel.com’s Top 15 Famous Photographers Around the World and their Photos and Famous Photographers.com features background information about the men and women behind the lens of some of the world’s most captivating and iconic photographs.
Tell your story in photos
- Post a photo a day – Challenge yourself to post a photo each day on your blog or favorite social media platform. Hugo Costa’s A Fresh Drawing Everyday posts urban sketches every single day of beautiful architecture, people and places that will make you want to book the next flight to Europe. Need ideas for daily photo posts? Check out Ink361’s list of Instagram Photo-a-Day communities.
- Create a photo book – Shutterfly.com makes it easy to create a photo book of your life’s most memorable moments. Just upload your photos, select a size, theme, page template and embellishments and start creating your very own book to keep or give to family, friends and loved ones.
Show off your photos
- Decorate your walls with a photo collage display – Don’t just keep your photos in an album or storage box. Show them off by arranging a collage of photo frames on your wall like a pro.
- Click and clip – if hanging a photo gallery wall is too much work for you, use photo clip holders to display your photos or check out these Pinterest ideas for a photo clip string set.
- Magnetic board – No special layout or photo arrangement is needed if you use a magnetic photo board. Just like using photo clips, you can easily update your photo display by changing photos when you want, as often as you want.
French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, known as the “father of modern photojournalism” said, “You just have to live life, and life will give you pictures.”
Here’s to living a life that will fill our photo frames, hearts and minds with memorable moments.