A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend session at NCTIES done by Ken Shelton called Visual Artistry and Storytelling Through The Lens.

I have always enjoyed looking at and taking pictures. I even worked at Eckerd Express Photo from the time I was a senior in high school until after I graduated from college. Since I enjoy art, colors, and “playing” with pictures, creating scrapbooks was something that came naturally and served as a stress relief for me for many years. In the last couple of years, I seem to have moved away from all of that …. I am not really sure why, I guesslife happened.

So when I saw this preconference session offered, I thought this might be a way to motivate me to get back in to creating and photographs … and it has!! (Along with all the wonders we are exploring as a family . . . and pictures make me think of fellow WonderLead Sarah and her husband who Madalyn so kindly nicknamed.)

I also really enjoy finding images to go along with the many blog posts I write. I like to find images that may not look like they really fit with the subject matter at first, but make people wonder.

Images tell a story too … and that story may be different for each person based on their background and experiences.

In Ken’s session, we talked about the difference in taking pictures and creating pictures …it is about composition with a focus. One of the things that jumps out at me from my notes is that I need to develop a vision for making photos rather than just an eye for taking photos.

During his session, Ken talked some about changing the settings on the camera and other technical things, but my take-away was more about creating/composing the pictures than all the camera settings and stuff.

We were encouraged to try different angles and perspectives when taking pictures. We were also encouraged to explore different textures to photograph.

So from our photo safari through downtown Raleigh, NC, I have a large collection of images of doors, windows, chairs, bricks, interesting angles, reflections, light posts, and clouds.  And I have continued to compose photos that way.

Madalyn and I went out in the yard on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after I returned from the conference. I had my camera out in backyard trying to capture different textures and shadows to use for presentations and future blog posts. Madalyn asked me if she could take some pictures too, so I found a camera and sent her outside. I told her that she could take any pictures she wanted. She really has a pretty good eye for pictures and perspectives ….



Madalyn captured things around the house that I had forgotten about (like the heart on the fence gate). I really like her shadow and her take on the house numbers/birdhouses. She loves moving the at turtle all around the yard …She came in the house a few times to show me a picture she took and ask if I had taken that one too. All our pictures are different and it is great to celebrate those variations

I have a feeling this is just the start of a new learning journey for both of us …

We are wondering and exploring together ….

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