I have a camera.
Sometimes, I take pictures.
Sometimes, they come out pretty good. I would say I've been lucky - but I've also worked really, really hard to try to get the pictures in my head to match the ones I can say I created. I read incessantly, attend sessions, go to classes, talk to photographers - and mostly, play around with the camera.
I've been super happy with some of the photos I've taken, and not so satisfied with others.
And some of my most favorite pictures that I've taken are those of my kids - and some of my kids love the camera more than others.
The glitter pics were some of the most fun we did, and they took probably the most actual number of retakes because, hello, wind + glitter = that stuff goes everywhere and not always where we want it.
And then, sometimes, I take pictures of food.
I made this Chocolate Espresso Cake (which had coffee AND Espresso vodka, yummmmmm) with Chocolate Espresso Italian Meringue Buttercream. It was a gigantic pain.
(I made this cake for my husband's 60th birthday.)
I did not make this coffee - or the candy - but I did enjoy it tremendously.
Food is great to take pictures of, you think, because it doesn't move like kids do - but, oy, it is hard to make those pictures in my head come out and play. I try, though.
Which don't come out the way that I want them to, but better than a year ago, so, ok. I don't make a living at this.
Although a local butcher shop hired me to take pictures of their establishment and PAID ME IN MEAT. It was glorious.
And the owner then referred to a man working on opening A BOURBON DISTILLERY and he asked if I'd take his pictures - but he could only pay me IN BOURBON.
It may or may not have caused the liquid to come out of my eyes. (Not the bourbon liquid, tho - that would be weird.)
I have taken pictures of friends' families, their singing recitals, at concerts, and other things. I will pretty much take pictures of whatever I'm asked - because the only way you get better is by trying. And working. And trying again. I am a super slow learner, too. That's what the delete button is for, after all. (Thank goodness I wasn't trying to take pictures before the advent of digital - can you imagine???)
I'm always hesitant when someone asks me to take pictures for them - I'm not a professional, I insist, over and over. I can't promise it will be what you want. I'm always afraid to take pictures for friends, because if they don't come out, what if it signals the end of our friendship?
I do take an awful lot of pictures of cars. Specifically old cars.
But still, I take pics mostly of my kids. After all, they give me so many opportunities.