December 28, 2012

Photo Journal

I have a love-hate relationship with photography. I'm a very visual person and seeing a beautiful image has the power to really move me. Sadly, I don't have the skills or equipment to take spectacular pictures and so, I often keep my camera tucked away, overwhelmed and intimidated by the actual talent that exists out there.

Two weeks ago though, I stumbled upon Elise's blog and looking through many of her posts, I realized just how important everyday pictures are. I learned that they are a great way to capture precious memories that would otherwise be forgotten forever, and as a result, I've reconsidered my entire approach to photography.

I want my pictures to be little snapshots of my life that I can look back on with satisfaction and a smile years from now, because they evoke a beautiful memory, not because they're impressively styled and perfectly lighted. Those photographs still have their crucial role, and I'm still just as inspired by them, but waiting until I know how to take such pictures - if ever - means missing lots of precious moments. And I've done too much of that already: with the exception of this year, I can probably count on one hand the number of occasions I've taken photos of me and my family in each of the last few years.

In that spirit, I thought it would be nice at some point to have a collection of pictures from my first year or first few months of my post-grad life - an idea inspired by this photo book by Elise. So far, I've had a lot of fun snapping pictures throughout the days, and I've found Instagram to be a great and practical tool to gather them, which means I've been updating it almost incessantly this month.

So, here is a little peek into how I spent the week before Christmas:

Food was a big part of these days, since a long to-do list meant that I needed to have enough energy to get through it; on the menu, there were: a serving of grapefruit before breakfast, a hearty winter soup, a healthy breakfast porridge and raw cookies.

A major project that had to be finished was painting the living room/entryway area in our home, and the staircase railing proved to be quite a tedious detail, but so rewarding when I got to see the progress!

With the second snow storm of the season so far, we got record quantities of snow, and I got my wish for a white Christmas. Thankfully, the highway was still easy to navigate so that we were able to finish our last-minute shopping in time.

During quiet moments, I winded down with a good book, a cup of tea and beautiful, inspiring pictures (yes, I finally got on board with Pinterest, and I'm having so much fun with it!).

PS: I just changed the blog header - long overdue! - because I couldn't take the old one anymore and, although I'm not sure how long this one will stay, I really like its simplicity - and the yellow colour! Hope you're enjoying it as well! :)

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