This summer is wrapping up and a few weeks ago I was reflecting on our experience. We've had a slow, yet busy summer. Slow in the aspect that we didn't go on too many crazy adventures, but busy in the aspect that we've been busy at home. Busy moving, busy settling in, busy building furniture. It's been tough and I have found grace in knowing that this is a season. Moving always requires a lot, right? Thinking back on our summer this move was a little different then the rest. We had limited furniture in our tiny house... even though we've only upgraded to a one bedroom, we learned that we didn't have any furniture for our living, except a couch, ha! 

We knew that our space would need a few custom furniture pieces, mostly because the space is unique and furniture is expensive. I let plenty of days pass us by without snapping any photos. I kept thinking to myself, "what's exciting about building furniture." But it's not necessarily about building furniture it's about our everyday moments, it's about our life. So, let's talk photo tips. :)


Sometimes lighting isn't ideal or there are weird shadows or contrasting temperatures. Take a look at the first photo in this post. I snapped this photo just like all the others, but the lighting was really weird and there were cool and warm temperatures that I was battling. I decided that turning it black and white would be the best idea. And it was. :) 


I don't suggest shooting tight all the time, but shooting tight can sometimes add to your photos and the story you are sharing. When we build furniture we work on the drive way surrounded by cars and it's not super cute. Think about what your shooting and consider shooting tight. Will shooting tight add to your story? Will shooting tight keep distractions out of frame? 


I rarely shoot with an aperture of 2.8 or lower. But shooting with a low aperture, maybe as low as your aperture can go will also help hide distractions.  Shooting with that low aperture will blur your background and may even give you a nice bokeh. Keep in mind, when shooting with a low aperture its helpful to shoot tight as well. If you step back and are shooting wide using an aperture as low as 1.8 or lower, it can lead to your image loosing sharpness and looking soft. 


Composition can make all the difference in your photos, especially if you feel like you're shooting environment isn't ideal. Take a look at the two photos below. I took the one of the left first. When I first took the photo, I was focused on the polyurethane. While snapping the photo I didn't even see the car in the background. Once I evaluated my composition I went in for a second photo. The photo to the right feels and looks completely different then the photo on the left. The car is complete out of frame, the composition is better and you even get a better feel for the story and experience. 


Sometimes when we're working on projects we can power through them without slowing down to capture a moment or just to have some fun. Remember to take some fun photos, even some goofy photos. Take a moment to pause, slow down and snap a moment. 

It's easy to think that our ordinary moments aren't extraordinary at all. But those every day moments, the tough moments, the hard seasons, the moments that we spend every summer weekend at home... those moments are beautiful. What are ways that you are capturing your everyday extraordinary moments? xoxo. Samantha