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Friday, June 10, 2011

A photographer, versus Photographer.

I'm not a Photographer. I think I can say that I'm just a photographer. Notice the difference?

That capital letter.

I like to document. As is evidence of this little ole blog that's been here for forever. I also like to take pictures. I even like (no, love) to edit them and work in LightRoom messing around for hours. It's like my little slice of heaven in my computer. 

And a lot of you have said really sweet, encouraging and uplifting things to me about my photos. But, I have to admit, it makes me a teeny, tiny bit self-concious. The real Photographers? I don't want them laughing at me. Because I most certainly don't go around acting like I'm One Of Them. I have a beautiful little girl I like taking pictures of, and a borderline obsession with editing, and that's about it.

I'm okay with just being a photographer. While I went to college for art, and took classes in photography, and am somewhat educated in it--I most certainly don't have the equipment to be, you know, a real Photographer. Although? I look, all the time. And I might drool a little over a new camera, and lenses. Because, I'm human. Sadly, the thousands of dollars I would need to make that happen just isn't my current reality. 

Anyway. All this to say, that no matter what? In my little world, in my house, I'm the photographer. Capital letter's aside. 

And I decided to put my insecurities aside, and be a part of the Paper Mama's Photo Competition. Because, why not?

This time, it's to submit your best shot of a child. And? Of course, my only child would definitely be my girl, Emeline. 

But I need your help. Which one should I submit? I'm toying between these two right now. Help a sister out, please?



Bath? Or Birthday? (or maybe some other photo you've seen & loved? help!) 

The Paper Mama



55 comments:

  1. Tough call...but I'm going to have to go with the bath picture. It's so crisp and clean. I love the light in her eyes and she sweet little tongue. Her expression is priceless.

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  2. the bath photo is STUNNING. go with it.

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  3. I adore them both, but I would do the bath picture. It is hard to do such a close-up and have it turn out so great. It's just a perfect shot.

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  4. Yikes, this is a hard choice. But I just love the close-up of the bath photo. Its beautiful!

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  5. Most definitely the bath picture!!!! They are both SO great though!!!!

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  6. I'm loving the birthday picture! So cute but they both are beautiful!

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  7. Between these two, the bath photo.

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  8. Hard decision, but bath. Her eyes look so big and gorgeous, and while the birthday one is very colorful and fun, I think your photography skills really shine in the bath picture. Doesn't hurt that Emeline is so stinkin' cute either.

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  9. def the bath photo. it's the most striking and attention grabbing.

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  10. I agree with the others, it has to be the bath picture! :)

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  11. The bath photo is my most favorite photo of yours that you've ever taken. It's so crisp and clear, the color is great, and speaking from someone who follows tons of professional Photographers (with a capital P), I think it's technically the best. The other one is really fun and creative, but the other one is just technically better in my opinion.

    Good luck!

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  12. The bath photo. It defiantly shows your experience with a camera. GREAT job :)

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  13. I think I will most certainly have to go with the bath picture :)

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  14. love love love the first photo!!!!
    super adorable!! her gorgeous eyes. her cute little curlies on top. love it!!

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  15. hard choice but I LOVE the bath one.

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  16. I love what you wrote in this post! I feel the same. People tell me I should start a business all the time but you know what... I'm really just not there yet. Although it is nice to have a paid job once in a while. :)

    I say the bath pic. The hair, the tongue, THE EYES! I just love it! While the other one is great too I just feel like the bath one grabs my attention more and keeps me three. And those eyes are looking right at me and I want to know what's going on in that little mind.

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  17. Your artistic ability shines in both photos! The bath photo however has a great depth of field, which a wonderful skill to have control over when photographing people or items!

    I love all the pictures of E and I think that if you really wanted to, go for it and be a Photographer.

    I too love taking pictures of my own kids, some great, some just for fun. I decided to really dig into Photography and opened my own business in 2009. I am sure I could still perfect so many skills, but business is still flourishing and I def. think yours would too!

    You have more than just the eye to do it (takes talent and artistry)you have both :)

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  18. They are both gorgeous but I vote bath.

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  19. They are both amazing, but I think you have to go with the bath picture for this one. Good luck!

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  20. What a tough choice. At first glance I would say the birthday pic because it's so fun and I just love it. However, after further thought (and, admittedly, reading the other comments) I say you must go with the bath pic. It does such a wonderful job of showcasing both your beautiful little girl and your amazing camera and photo editing skills. Good luck!

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  21. I agree totally and 100% on the Photographer/photographer thing. It took me forever to put a tab that says "photography" on my blog, because I was afraid people would think that I'm trying to be something I'm not. I drool over equipment too, but like you, it's just not gonna happen right now. But I LOVE to edit and play and learn. Nothing wrong with that. The photo challenge sounds fun!

    As for the photo, they're both adorable, but I'd go with the bath one. Very crisp and clean, and her expression is priceless.

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  22. Oooh, this is a tough choice! If I had to pick just one, I'd say the bath picture...it really puts E in the spotlight, with no background to fight for attention.

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  23. Talk about a hard choice. I love both, but I had to chose, it would be the bathroom shot.

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  24. They are both great pictures (doesn't hurt when you have a pretty subject either). But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that bath one, the water drops, bubbles and that it is in black and white help you see just how great the photography is without getting caught up in the scenery and props!

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  25. They are both adorable so it's so hard to choose! But if I had to I would pick the bath photo...

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  26. Bath. Definitely! That little lick of the water on her face.. precious!

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  27. I *love* the birthday picture.... It showcases your creativity and skill with the background, props, etc. Plus, the joy on Eme's face is priceless.

    That being said..... I think you should go with the bath photo. Not only is it A-DOR-A-BLE, but it highlights your ability to take an everyday moment and turn it into magic.

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  28. both pics are absolutely adorable and beautiful but I'd go for the bath photo. It's very special and she looks soooooo cute in the pic. The pic is pure and very nice!

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  29. Absolutely love them both...I love the colors of the birthday picture and I love her face in the bath picture. I think you could win with either one of them. But, because you asked me to only pick one..I'm going to say bath.

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  30. Both are beautiful, but definitely Birthday, you captured the vibrant colors so well!

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  31. I am a sucker for black and white pictures, but that birthday shot is amazing, especially with those amazing colors and finish. So that's my vote :)

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  32. I am a sucker for black and white pictures, but that birthday shot is amazing, especially with those amazing colors and finish. So that's my vote :)

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  33. I am a sucker for black and white pictures, but that birthday shot is amazing, especially with those amazing colors and finish. So that's my vote :)

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  34. definitely the bath photo! i love it.

    also - just seeing the new blog design - it looks so good!

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  35. OK, I love them both...the colors in the birthday shot are awesome.

    But.

    The eyes, the tongue, and the hair in the bath photo are to die for. So, I vote bath.

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  36. The composition of the birthday one really speaks to me. I vote that one.

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  37. Hello! I LOVE both of them but I would say 'Birthday'!

    BTW, I've been a follower for awhile, just don't post often. Your little girl is beautiful! <3

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  38. I would go bath. It is brilliant! (o:

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  39. Bath, I looks really good and how she is centered perfectly and you catch her cheeky 'mummy's baby' language perfectly :D

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  40. Um, how in the heck do you choose between these? They are both amazing!! if I HAD to choose, I think I'd go with bath, only because it's up close and personal and o so perfect :-)

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  41. They are both soooo aborable! I would submit the bath one though. Her expression is priceless and her little eye lashes are too cute! Both photos are beautiful.

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  42. I really do think you take amazing pictures. I love both of these, but I think I'm going to have to say the bath one too. Just so adorable.

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  43. I've said time and time again how fantastic I think your pictures are. I really like that bath one out of these two. Her eyes just pop in that one. Good luck!

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  44. It's definately the bath for me! If I was the judge, I would choose this one to win!

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  45. I totally understand the difference :)

    I love both photos; however, I've always loved the bath one! So that is my suggestion!

    Good luck! You do great work :)

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  46. While I love the highchair photo, I do, that bath picture is just amazing. So perfectly edited. So completely 100% awesome. That gets my vote.

    And I get the difference, but I think you teeter the fine line between Photographer and photographer. You have talent lady, lots of it. More than some "Photographers" I've seen. So, don't forget that.

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  47. Well I certainly think you are WELL on your way to being a Photographer, but I know what you mean. For the record though, your pictures are amazing.

    You know I LOVE the highchair picture. The colors, the styling...fabulous. But the bath picture? It's just stunning, really. It shows off her cute little features and it's so vibrant...so that's my choice. :)

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  48. I love the both! The bath picture seems to be more of a clean pic with less going on. It's my choice!

    It can't hurt that you have such a great little subject to practice on- love your photography!

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