Snapshots: It’s a word that makes many professional photographers cringe. As defined by Wikipedia, “a snapshot is a photograph that is “shot” spontaneously and quickly, most often without artistic or journalistic intent. Snapshots are commonly considered to be technically “imperfect” or amateurish–out of focus or poorly framed or composed… Common snapshot subjects include the events of everyday life, such as birthday parties and other celebrations; sunsets; children playing; group photos; pets; Tourist attractions and the like.”
When on vacation and even many times in every day life, I take “snapshots.” As an example, I wanted to capture my family at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Glen Arbor, Michigan. When you climb sand dunes on a hot, sunny day, there is no place to turn for shade. With no clouds or shade in sight, and mid day sun at noon, many photographers would throw up their hands in defeat. Not me. While I do love the perfect portrait, I also cherish memories. I am not afraid of snapshots. In fact, life is mostly about them. So next time you are out with your family in less than ideal conditions, do not lose the chance to get photos that may be less than perfect technically. They may be perfect in other ways, like documenting life as it happens…
Here are a few of my “snapshots” from the day. I hope these can inspire you to just get out there and shoot. Use your camera phone, SLR, point and shoot. Whatever you decide, just do it. Just capture the memory. You can never get them back!
Ellie at the top of the 1st big sand dune.
My husband and Ellie at the top of the next big “dune.” Note how little they are – yes they got way further than Jenna and me.
We also went to a beach one cool evening. And I snapped these while they were playing:
My husband threw a tiny beach ball. Ellie batting with a stick.
Jenna was fascinated by this ladybug. She played with it for almost an hour. I loved her nail polish is chipping and her hands have sand on them. And even though those factors make it a “snapshot,” it is one that will evoke memories.
The last day of our trip we went to Northpoint Lighthouse. It is inside a Michigan State Park with very old trees. We loved it here. So snap – snap – snap, a few more to share…
Jenna in the tree…
And I had to get one with sun flare for fun! Love the shape and size of this tree.
Thanks for checking out a few shots from our vacation – and remember to capture yours!