thinking ahead

Hi y’all. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my future, vocationally.

I’ve decided that the thing that makes me the most happy to do is photography. Lately I have been challenging myself to shoot more people because I know that if I am going to be serious about getting into photography as a business that I need to strengthen my portrait photography. However, I have always been drawn to candids. Documentary style photography is much more my forte, no matter the subject–people/landscape/whatever. I would much rather photograph what is happening around me than contrive a story for the camera. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just not my thang.

So who better to practice on than family, right? We had a impromptu BBQ last weekend, due to some also very impromptu gorgeous 75 degree weather. Surprisingly with little notice, my closest family members were all able to make it! Quite a treat. Here’s what I documented that evening:

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Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I’m up to. I’ve decided that this place doesn’t get enough love so starting today I will post weekly… every Wednesday!

See you next week!
xo, Vanessa

august nineteenth

When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.

Remarks by Jeff Bezos, to the Princeton Class of 2010 Baccalaureate 
(via Rachel James)

I felt like sharing some family photos today. Oh and I love that quote.
Happy friday!

Oregon City McMenamins | August 2011
Olympus OM-2n + 50mm 1.8 lens | Kodak Max 200