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Snapshots: What Memories Are Made Of… A Really Fun Family Day

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Snapshots: What Memories Are Made Of… A Really Fun Family Day

Why are you a photographer? For many, and at least for me, it is about capturing memories. I want to document life as it happens.  I do love portraits, but sometimes the most valuable pictures are not “portraits” – they are snapshots of life.

This summer at a charity event, we bid on a Detroit Tigers Game Package.  And won. It included the following: watch batting practice on the field at Comerica Park, meet a player, dinner in the Tiger Club, Tiger Den seats, and watch the fireworks from the visitors’ dugout.  It was amazing.  We had the best time from beginning to end.  And while we probably would remember it no matter what, having “snapshots” of the day will help us relive the experience.

Remember to capture memories for your family. These were shot with the Tamron 28-300 Zoom lens (and you may see a 15mm Fisheye shot mixed in). I did not bring my primes and L lenses with me. And while I did edit these quickly, I did not worry about major color correction or sun spots and squinting or grain (many of the shots either in full sun or once it got dark at ISO 6400 with no flash).  I just captured what I saw.  I would love to hear your thoughts on how you capture memories. How do you capture and process your family shots?

Here are my girls before the game.  Full sun, not a cloud to be found:


Here we are on the field at batting practice.  Again bright sun, and of course fun! I do wish I could have moved around the field but we had to stay in about a 10 foot squared space.  Still fun to be this close up.


We met Rick Porcello and he signed batting practice used baseballs for the girls. Ellie was bummed she did not get to meet Maggs, but Rick has a chance to be the Rookie of the Year. Very cool.


And we got to meet Curtis Granderson.


Then the girls got to try on the biggest ring ever!


Here was our view from the Tiger Club at dinner.  Used the Fisheye on this one. And while my husband says this is a “toy” lens, I think he may come around a little on that opinion now…


Here are some snaps from during the game – of the girls, the game, and the surroundings:


And the fireworks… I am not the biggest fan of fireworks.  I was completely unprepared to take pictures.  But Ellie and Jenna asked me to.  So I did.  I did not have a tripod – so these were taken at 1/8-1/250 – depending on the shot. Basically I broke every rule of photographing fireworks.  But here are the shots anyway. Check out my article on The Pioneer Woman’s Site for more details on how I captured these Fireworks shots.



I just had to show this last shot of the girls in the dugout after the fireworks.  I just love the way it turned out – color issues, grain and all.


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  1. August 28, 2009 at 3:18 am —

    While I’m by no means a “photographer,” I do have a love affair with photography. I’ve always loved taking pictures, but for so long I was always super critical of my amateur shots.

    When my grandpa passed away last summer, I realized that it didn’t not matter how “terrible” the photo was, if he was in it, I loved it. I was grateful. Noise. Scratches. Blown out. Whatever it was, it didn’t matter. Now, while I still tend to criticize my pictures, I’m much more lenient. I’m glad to have the moments captured with the people I love.

    This was the perfect entry.

  2. August 28, 2009 at 11:40 am —

    Jodi!! Thank you, thank you for posting these great photographs! I recently moved away from Detroit in February of this year and I’m incredibly homesick for the Tigers. You just fulfilled my summer that has been lacking baseball. Amazing shots (as usual) and what a great “up close and personal” experience you guys got. I MISS IT!!!! Thank you for sharing.

    Go Tigers!

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Snapshots: What Memories Are Made Of… A Really Fun Family Day