Playing Photographer

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

The thing I love about photographs is the forever-ness of them. Capturing the people, the places, the moments…and turning them into something tangible that can recall memories long forgotten. Over the years, I’ve had a few digital cameras: the point-and-shoot kind that work well for a while, but that wear out after about a year. So, this past fall, I decide to make the investment in a nice camera – one that better last me a lot longer than a year.

The more I have used my camera, the more I have fallen in love with pictures: taking them, editing them, just looking at them. So far my dog and my neighborhood have been the objects of my forays into photography, but I want to do more. I somehow managed to talk some of my family and friends into “hiring” me, so over the next few weeks I’ll have the opportunity to play a photographer and act like I know what I’m doing. And since I’m going to act like a professional with a real business, I came up with a name for it: Harbo Photography. Harbo is a combination of my maiden and married names – and I think it sounds cute. 🙂

I’m hoping the three sessions I have planned turn into four, then five, then ten…and from there, well, I guess I’ll have to see how this hobby pans out. If you want to follow me on this journey, check out my photography blog here. At the very least, you’ll get to check out pictures of my family and friends – who, by the way, are all ridiculously good-looking. How lucky am I to have such photogenic people in my life!

I’m filled with excitement about this. And even if it doesn’t turn into anything more than a hobby, at least I’ll always have the satisfaction in knowing that I tried. That and some amazing pictures of the people, the places and the moments I love most.

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