Monday, July 25, 2011

A Moment in Time


It's hard to believe that just a few months ago the idea of taking pictures of people terrified me.




I thought to myself, how can I ever capture the essence of someone's personality the way I can something static, like a flower, that I can move around and snap as many photos of as I want?




I thought that the pressures of capturing the "moment" would be too great, out of reach.




And that maybe, I would fall flat on my face and in the process, disappoint those I was shooting, the ones who really want themselves, or a loved one, captured forever and in a way that takes them right back to that moment in time.


 

But I decided to give it a go anyway, throw caution to the wind, because if you never try, you'll never know, right?




And there are worse things in life then failing or falling short of perfection.

And sometimes when you play it safe you miss out on great things, on opportunities to grow, and on chances to test your limits.



Sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zone and find a new, and much larger comfort zone.




And sometimes the rewards are worth all the angst in the world...like capturing a moment in time to be cherished by someone forever!

Thanks to my friends who let me use them as models (and talk about perfect models!) as I tried to see if portrait photography is my thing.  I already have other people lined up who want me to capture their special little one or their child heading off to college in a year, and someone even asked if I would shoot a wedding!  *gulp*  The wedding shoot will not be in my future, at least not until I feel like I won't goof it up!

I feel so privileged to be asked to take someone's picture, and I'm so happy I took a chance.  I can't wait to see what's next on this roller coaster ride of life I'm on!  I hope you are each taking your own chances and discovering something new about yourself each and every day!

23 comments:

  1. i bet they are overjoyed with your new found talent that was just waiting for you to click into~

    gorgeous pics and PEOPLE!

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  2. What beautiful photos! I especially love the one of her nuzzling her baby - just gorgeous! I love the way you've captured the expression of wonder in the black & white of the baby looking up, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. How can you go wrong with such a gorgeous family on the other side of your camera? What a great way to get some experience and some confidence. It's a lot like the end of the Wizard of Oz ... you have always had the ability to do this, you just had to find it out for yourself.

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  4. Kat,
    The subjects and the work is just beautiful!!! Wish I knew you when my kiddos were little...
    xo,
    ~R

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  5. Perfection, Kat!
    And I think you
    are right to consider
    if you really want
    to do weddings. I
    have a friend who is
    a photographer and she
    has stopped doing weddings
    as they are very time
    consuming; Saturday evenings
    and then all the post-pic
    editing. I'm just saying.....
    xx Suzanne

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  6. You captured their personality perfectly. Beautiful!
    Yvonne

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  7. looks like you are on the slow clickety clack ascent of the ride heading upward...exhilarating....
    xx
    z

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  8. Kat, these are awesome. What a cute family. The little one looks just like dad.

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  9. All of your reasons are my reasons for not going out there and taking portraits. And these turned out wonderfully, Kat. Weddings are another story. No. Way. In. Hell.

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  10. These images are just gorgeous, Kat!
    And wowsers, what a beautiful family.

    I am so proud of you and your fearless self. Hope it rubs off on me. :-)

    XO,
    Anne

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  11. Oh my goodness these pictures are just awesome! you have done an amazing job!

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  12. Kat, you did a beautiful job, the photos are just wonderful!

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  13. Great job. I bet the phone will be ringing off the hook.

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  14. These are beautiful, Kat! I especially love that fourth one in black and white!

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  15. Wow... beautiful! You're a natural. :)

    Donna

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  16. Great job, Kat. And wow, handsome, adorable and beautiful, those models.

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  17. Lovely and natural. Not posed at all. Could that kiddo be any cuter?

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  18. Beautiful pics Kat...cute cute family!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. What a beautiful family! How exciting for you to find a new passion!

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  20. Hello again!

    I have so much to catch up with on your blog! I think the photos are fabulous and it makes me want you to capture my family sometime!

    I hope all is well!

    Gail

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  21. beautiful pictures... that kid is just adorable!

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  22. You are such a natural behind that camera Kat! The shots are so creative, and I adore each and every one of them. I'm sure that sweet family will cherish them for years to come. xo ~Lili

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