Thankful November 7th: Photography

I love taking pictures. I love taking pictures of people. I love taking pictures of places. I love taking pictures of abstract things. I just love taking pictures. My love of photography started with I was very young. Starting from about age 7, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you, “A free-lance photojournalist for the National Geographic Society.” And I knew what that meant. My parents had a subscription to the NGS, and each month I would pour over the photos from around the world of amazing places and cultures. I got my first camera when I was about 10. I took a photography class in 9th Grade where we learned all about light, f-stops, aperture, and how to develop your own black and white film (yes, film). I got my first really good camera when I was 23, and I loved taking black and white slides. My first trip to Europe (when I was 26), all of my photos were slides. Crazy, I know. But now, with everything digital, most photos are shared online and shown in a new form of slide show. I was just ahead of my time.

Recently, I’ve delved in portrait photography, and it’s been a blast. Weddings can still give me some anxiety, but it is so much fun to capture moments and memories for people.

I had a hard time deciding what photo I would include on this post. I decided to use the first photos I posted when I started this blog seven years ago. I still can’t believe it’s been that long. What an amazing adventure!

Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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I grabbed this sunrise a couple of week’s ago as we were heading into the gym one morning.

Here are some from past posts:

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Teasing

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Playful teasing can lead to some really fun photos. These siblings were having fun and goofing off while their sister and her new husband were having their formal photos taken. (I took candids at the ceremony and then covered the reception.) Despite the look on his face, this brother and sister get along very well and really do love each other very much, as you can tell from the picture I snapped right after the first one.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) THAT SHOWS OR EMBODIES FRIENDLY, LIGHT-HEARTED TEASING.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers

In August, I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding reception that featured a cake with this amazing cascade of blue-purple roses.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Wood

Living in Utah, which has been classified as a desert, you’d think that we’d have a lack of trees and wooded areas. However, the Rocky and Uinta Mountains in northern Utah and the various Plateaus in southern Utah give Utahans a plethora of pine and leafy foliage of the tall variety to gaze upon. The first image was taken on the grounds of Southern Utah University outside the world famous (and soon to be demolished) Adams Theatre at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The other images are from previous posts (most taken in Utah).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF WOOD.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Trees

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We were in Los Angeles last week, and had the chance to walk around the LDS Los Angeles Temple. We spotted this tree and couldn’t resist taking its picture.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Trees.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fill the Frame

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Sometimes, a subject is so striking you want it to be the only thing in your image. I usually handle this with an extremely close-up, as in this week’s image. But you can also do it with large subjects, such as a mountain or building.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR MORE PHOTOS WHERE THE SUBJECT FILLS THE FRAME.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.