About the Photographer

So Long Summer

UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography.  Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today.  I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts!   – Lauren


Today was the first official day of fall.

Ahhhh….I love fall.

The crisp air.  The beautiful colors.  The anticipation of the holidays.

I currently have several blog posts in the pipeline, but in the meantime, I thought we’d take one last look at summer.

I have a personal blog, which I have hesitated to share in the past due to the fact that the pictures I post on my personal blog are not all ‘picture perfect.’  I long ago decided that every picture I take can’t be up to my professional standards.  Sometimes the light isn’t right (especially in our house!).  Sometimes you have a very unwilling subject.  And there’s always a lack of time to edit snapshots.  Plus, I don’t always shoot with my professional dSLR.  In fact, I usually don’t.  Somewhere around Abi’s second year I invested in a nice point and shoot.  I use it all. the. time.  Trying to shoot on a manual setting with the dSLR (which requires two hands) while balancing a baby on one hip and trying to wrangle a 4 year old into the frame is just about impossible.  The point and shoot allows me to capture the memories of our life without losing my mind.  The pictures may not be perfect, but that’s not what really matters to me.  What matters is remembering the moments that seem to fly by so quickly.

I find that I am growing closer and closer to my clients, so I want to open up my heart…and blog…to you, knowing that you won’t judge my photographic skills by my personal snapshots!  And now that I have given my lengthy disclaimer…if you’re desperate for updates and more details about me, feel free to check out my personal blog at aboxforwishes.blogspot.com.

And now for one last glance backwards to summer…here’s a post from my personal blog:


One of the things I like about photography is that it only takes a moment, just a split second, to get that perfect shot.

Well today I was reminded that hilarious things can occur in all those little moments surrounding the perfect shot.

We’re enjoying a lovely trip at the beach (except Jason who’s still working hard) and I wanted to get just one little family snapshot.  It’s easier said than done since Patrick starts to freak out every time a gust of wind hits him.  And since Abi’s been acting particularly bratty lately. 

Luckily my dad agreed to help me and to snap a couple of pictures with my point and shoot of me with my kiddos. 

Abi wanted to do a silly picture, so I agreed that we would do that first and then smile for another picture.  Apparently Patrick got the memo.  I had no idea this was happening.

(That’s me giving Patrick bunny ears not a peace sign. Guess he didn’t need my help being silly)
By the last shot I had figured out what had happened and was trying to make sure Abi didn’t notice that Patrick had just spit up profusely all over her favorite outfit.  Despite my preoccupation with the situation, I am the only one who seems to know how to look at the camera with my eyes open and not pick my nose.
And then there’s the money shot.  The one right after Patrick threw up on his big sister.  He seems quite pleased with himself.  My daughter is smiling innocently like she hasn’t been giving me heartburn all week.  Life looks pretty and perfect.  
I’ve been thinking lately that I enjoy the ‘real life’ photographs more than the posed smiley ones, but I think in this case I’ll take the happy looking shot and choose to block out all the chaos that goes with this stage.  Besides, life is made up of all the little moments together…especially the happy ones!

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