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Welcome to 31 Days of Photo Tips | Day 1

Welcome to 31 Days of Photo Tips | Day 1
My 3 Boybarians

My entire childhood in photos fills about 1/3 of a shoebox.

october 1975

October 1975. Taken 36 years ago, almost to the day. 4 generations.How old were you the first time you clicked a camera and froze that moment in time?

Did your parents or friends take photos of you when you were little? Do you still have those images? Are they tucked away in an album? Are they in a basement somewhere in your parents’ house? In a shoebox in a closet somewhere? What do you do with the images of the people and places you love?

I was in high school before I owned my own camera. Film was expensive. I often found moments I had forgotten about by the time I developed my film. We took far fewer images back then – held back by per-frame printing cost. But the few we did get are treasured because they were uncommon and expensive.
While these photos are meaningful to me, none are particularly compelling technically or artistically.

Now it’s your turn to capture the lives of those around you. What if you could both capture meaningful images, and do it better?

You are the mom in the pictures. You’re the dad whose fashion sense will be mocked in a decade or so. Your kids live close, share everything, and are years away from being separated by college, marriage, or new jobs – or not. You are young, healthy, and beautiful… and one day the photos of you and your family will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. They will remember your skinny jeans, your love of Starbucks or pizza or sweet potato fries, the Christmas tree they wake up to every Christmas morning. They will wonder that you all were ever so skinny, so young, and why in the world you all wore hair like that.

I have big plans for our 31 Days together. Most of the topics were inspired by YOU – readers of the 31 Days to a Better Photo. You sent in questions, had requests for topics, wanted clarification and expansion. The 31 Days to a Better Photo was like a 101 Course for new DSLR owners.

31 days of Photo Tips 2011

But it’s barely the tip of the iceberg. I hope we can go a bit deeper together these next 31 Days. I want to equip you to make your memories beautiful for you and for the generations to follow.

What motivates you to get behind the camera?
See all the 31 Days Series from bloggers across the blogosphere!


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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