I read an article once where a woman said to her photographer friend, “Wow, those are great photos! You must have a really good camera!” The photographer responded, “Thanks! You look really pretty! You must have really good make up on.” And her friend was all O_O … “Point taken.”
I have always had a love for photography, but not so much when it came to the mechanics. I had no interest in taking classes in college mainly because I was scared away by the complexities of fancy cameras and dark rooms. AKA I haz the fears of trying new things. I’ve had my DSLR for about 4 years and still struggle with exposure and aperture and keeping the damn lens clean.
So I guess what I’m saying here is that while the camera on my iPhone is good, I suppose, it’s no megabucks DSLR. It’s a tool used to take a good shot, then I work on making that shot better. I see something worth capturing, whip out my phone, snap it quickly — maybe several times — then save it for later when I can do some editing magic and make an ordinary moment an amazing one. The process of editing a good shot into a great one, or even a blah one into a good one, makes me happy.
Some say that thanks to Instagram, everyone with a phone deems themselves a photographer, but I can’t place fault on an app or device that helps bring out the creative sides of people and brings more beauty into the world. I’d rather just look at all the pretty photos and sing Kumbaya. But in the end, it’s the person behind the lens taking the good shot, not necessarily the camera.
Since the girls have been in school, Zoe and I spend a lot of time together, and thanks to my gig over at Free Fun in Austin, a lot of that time together is spent going on adventures. One look at my Instagram feed, and it’s obvious that she’s my latest insta obsession. She’s just so dang instadorable and is the perfect model. She doesn’t try too hard, she doesn’t scowl at me, and she’s often just being Zoe, which is what makes these shots so priceless.
These are a few of my favorite recent InstaZoes. And making Zoe the new spokes model for the City of Austin is now on my life list. You hear me, Mr. Leffingwell?
So what do you say, City of Austin powers that be? Do we have a new spokes model on our hands?