Tues Talk with Taisley: Quality not Quantity {Atlanta Photographer}

Because if you haven’t, it’s a MUST.
Then you can take every suggestion from it and apply it to your picture taking regime.
It might sound weird coming from a photographer, but I am here to tell ya LESS IS MORE.
It’s about Quality and not Quantity.
Picture your kids 10, 15, 20 years from now. Culling through ALL our digital images. OH MY STARS it makes my head spin. BUT isn’t it a blessing that we can take LITERALLY take infinite amounts of pictures with little to none implications? “Space is cheap” when it comes to digital image storage right?
*sigh*
I’m here to tell you that your kiddos will NOT want to cull through years and years of redundant images from our cell phones/DSLR cameras etc. They will want to be able to see quality life moments. They will want to ENJOY looking at them instead of grunting.. “Come on! Get to the good stuff!”
You might argue and say that you are doing a favor letting your KIDS decide which images to keep or throw away. No, my friend. That is no favor. The way we keep our images tells a story. The very order we view them in tells a story doesn’t it? I promise they will appreciate your carefully thought out and weighed appreciation for each image you INTENTIONALLY keep. Here kids.. THIS. THIS is something I WANT you to see, feel, remember. I kept these special ones and ONLY these because they are THIS important. They won’t even miss the 15 “takes” it took to get that ONE shot.
As a photographer I totally OVERSHOOT. You betcha. But I am getting better at limiting my shutter happy pointer finger. Next time you are shooting take a second to think about if you were using film. Would you slow down the horse? Measure the composition of that shot a little better? Wait for that PERFECT second when those dimples have peaked? And if you do happen to take a whole slew of them…. then consider a “daily delete”. This is something I learned from the wonderful Becky Higgins. Every night she goes back through her iphone shots and keeps the goodies. I sure adore her. I actually met her at Creating Keepsakes University years ago.
She inspires me to be more intentional with…. well, everything in life.
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And since we are going back in time for a second… I know you were wondering if I graduated. Yes, yes I did.
 
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So ask yourself these questions the next time you want to take a picture.
Who is this picture for?
What am I going to DO with this picture?
Of the 10 I just took WHICH one makes the “social media” cut?
Why am I keeping the rest?
Which one is the most meaningful?
Why do I even want to remember this moment in the first place?
Is this a screenshot worth saving?
WILL MY KIDS FIND VALUE IN THIS PICTURE YEARS FROM NOW?
-Till Next Tues,
Taisley

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