Do you often feel like you see what other people don't? Finding the quiet, simple moments can come naturally but it's also a skill that can be honed and practiced. Looking for beauty in the "mundane" can help you become more intentional as a photographer, whether you're a hobbyist, a mom, a professional, or a combination of the three.
Today I'm going to share some ways I've learned to be more observant, in hopes that you will learn to recognize these moments, delight in and capture them as well.
Taking a documentary approach to capturing those magical in-between moments often works very well. At a birthday party for example, you'll of course want to capture the key moments like a child blowing out their birthday candles. Look for the small interactions happening all around you, too, though. This way, you'll tell a story in detail and more fully.
Add richness to your everyday life and see it through new eyes by documenting the "ordinary" moments that make up your story. Slowing down can help you to be more observant every day and maybe even inspire you to almost always have your camera on-hand, instead of only when something "important" is happening. You may be surprised at how something as simple as slowing down can bring more awareness and even gratitude to your life. It may sound trite, but it's said so often because it's true: don't want for the 'perfect' time to shoot the moments that tell your story. Your life is rapidly changing around you, even when it doesn't feel like it is. Photographing your "mess" can also help you hone your editing skills.
It can be hard to not micromanage our children. Try taking a step back and letting the action unfold without interference. Your children may even forget that the camera is there! Acting as a proverbial fly on the wall can create incredibly captivating images.
Have your camera ready and on-hand almost all the time. Be prepared to set your camera settings for the light in the moment, then be ready to press that shutter.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Do you love to shoot with a 50mm? Switch to a 35mm for a week. Practice shooting in many different places, in different lighting, and in rooms you normally avoid. This will help you become a more skillful photographer who is ready and willing to capture memories in any light, anyplace. Maybe you need to become more comfortable with being closer to or farther away from your subject. Practice, practice, practice, and this will soon become second nature.