Hey everyone! I hope your June was fantastic. Today I am introducing a blog series I am excited to share with you all: throwback Thursdays! On the last Thursday of each month, I will post a few pictures from my archives and share some stories. These pictures might be really good, decent, or downright awful. I want this to be a way of showing you that a skill doesn't just happen. It takes practice. Your first five hundred pictures (or paintings, songs, basketball shots, etc.) might later make you cringe, but if you're giving it your all, you're probably making progress!
This month, I am bringing you pictures from June 2011—six years ago! As you may or may not know, I started photography in 2008 but in 2011, I started taking it more seriously as an art.
I remember looking at this flower and thinking it was so cute! I wanted to capture it but it seemed like the only way I could get it in focus was to hold it. It reminded me of a Hawaiian flower for some reason and further reminded me of a book series I was reading at the time—the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn.
I was really excited about this picture, although a little disappointed it wasn't exactly how I wanted it to look. But I tried!
I had (have) a fascination with keys and that was apparent in much of my early work. There were many key pictures I came across from that month but I decided to stick with one I had never shared. The biggest one and the second smallest one are my favorites from this collection.
Right. I know. Poptarts?! But hey, it was a chance to practice my skill and I took it. It does make me laugh though, some of the subjects of my pictures from that time. I took pictures of everything, especially my favorite things. Apparently blueberry Poptarts was one of them.
This location made me excited because this was the first wooded trail picture I had the opportunity to take. Wow. What a pro.
I was so excited when I snapped this picture—it was exactly how I imagined it should look!
This was my first real water drop picture. The surface? An Aquafina bottle.
Forever obsessed with daisies and dandelions.
Looking back at some of my old photos I often wonder, "What was I thinking?!" Then I catch myself; that was a time when I didn't let anything or anyone stop me from taking pictures. Nothing—not even Poptarts—was too silly for me to snap a picture. I was doing what I enjoyed and was increasing my skill as a result. Sometimes we need to take notes from our younger selves.
"Do your thing. Do it every day. Do it ‘unapologetically’. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances and have fun. And no matter what, don’t ever stop doing your thing." Asher Roth