This is just a very small excerpt from the Picture Perfect School of Photography (PPSOP) newsletter that I subscribe to. Although I can’t afford their classes, I still subscribe to their newsletter to receive the tips that come inside. (Link to subscribe at the end of the article if you’re interested.)
This particular excerpt talks about why most of us have way more photos of our firstborn than we do the others. It sure made me feel better as I certainly fall into that category. The title to this part of the newsletter (and it’s only a VERY small part is “the edit factor – is it reality?”. It’s not talking about editing, as in fixing up, your photos, but how we edit what we want people to see which is normally the happy parts of our life. But the following is what captured my attention and the part I wanted to share with you……and I quote:
- The First Born – It is common that the first born usually has many more photographs than subsequent children in the family. With the first born, parents are learning new behavior, and therefore want to record it and every small detail. This is not a reflection that there is less affection for additional children that follow, they have simply learned the behavior and the wonder of that first experience has subsided. First steps, feedings and the first birthday cake are all traditional snapshots. But wait, where is the shot of that first diaper change or the first spit up? We simply don’t usually document the less than pleasant situations. Ah…the “edit” factor rises up yet again!
Like I said, I’ve always felt so badly for not having near as many images of my 2nd and 3rd children as I do my firstborn and this hit home for me and released some of that guilt.
If you love photography and whether or not you have a DSLR or a point and shoot, the newsletters from PPSOP are filled with wonderful tips and articles that you’d enjoy. You can visit their site here: http://www.ppsop.com and sign up for the newsletter.
It just doesn’t feel right posting an article with no photos, so here’s a random share of one of my Still Life and Textured Images.
I hope you enjoyed this little excerpt as much as I did.
Hugs and Have A Creative Day!