“The world through Jamie’s eyes”

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Isn’t it amazing how our perspective about something can be reframed when we hear how others view the same thing we are seeing? Sometimes that can be hurtful, other times it can be inspiring.

As a reporter, I was sometimes called on to take photos for my stories when a staff photographer was not available. I usually had a hard time getting quality photos because I was always at a weird angle from sitting in the chair.

As a scrapbooker, I felt like I struggled with some of the same issues…just not having a good angle and with not having a great camera, the pictures were always kind of iffy. I’ve always felt like since my angles and viewpoints were different than most people, that they were somehow wrong.

My situation and perspective have changed.

As I shared recently, an incredibly generous friend gave me her old DSLR camera. I’ve enjoyed playing with the settings and learning to take better and better photos. Many I would even say I’m proud of. How weird is that?

But you know what also happened? I was also told that people enjoy my photos and can usually tell I was the one who took them because of the angle. Instead of meaning it in a negative way, they were saying I had an unique perspective. That it gave them the chance to see the world through my eyes.

This has given me more confidence and courage to try new things and to show the world through my eyes and even look at the photos later and see what I captured. Here’s a few that I’ve taken that shows my world.

Furkids

Big shock here but I love taking photos of my pets. They are active, they are cute and they are mine!

Flower is our Shepherd mix and she is not fond of having her picture taken. When I can get a shot of her, I can capture some of her unique beauty.
Flower is our Shepherd mix and she is not fond of having her picture taken. When I can get a shot of her, I can capture some of her unique beauty.

 

Jazzy is our Black Mouth Cur mix and she's a powerhouse! I love this shot of her leaping in the air to catch a ball.
Jazzy is our Black Mouth Cur mix and she’s a powerhouse! I love this shot of her leaping in the air to catch a ball.

 

Yes, Colby is a big cat. I love how I was able to capture his gorgeous coloring with the sun behind him.
Yes, Colby is a big cat. I love how I was able to capture his gorgeous coloring with the sun behind him.
This is such a cool picture of Missy. She's another furkid that is practiced at avoiding the camera. I called her name when she was behind the curtains and I caught her by surprise. We're going to say that's her demure look, not annoyed!
This is such a cool picture of Missy. She’s another furkid that is practiced at avoiding the camera. I called her name when she was behind the curtains and I caught her by surprise. We’re going to say that’s her demure look, not annoyed!

 

Nature

God’s creation is pretty awesome and I love capturing it on camera. That picture that I shared at the open of this blog is of Black-eyed Susans outside NWACC.

These flowers are right outside my front door. I love petunias!
These flowers are right outside my front door. I love petunias!

 

This is the first time I've gotten a picture of the moon when it didn't look the size of a pencil eraser.
This is the first time I’ve gotten a picture of the moon when it didn’t look the size of a pencil eraser. I know the shot is blurry but it was at night! I’m wanting to get better at night shots. 
Our backyard is covered in clover. Flower loves killing the wasps and bees that are drawn to it. We think she's developed an immunity to their venom.
Our backyard is covered in clover. Flower loves killing the wasps and bees that are drawn to it. We think she’s developed an immunity to their venom.

 

Food is hard to photograph!

For an object that doesn’t move, food is the hardest things to photograph yet the thing I photograph the most for sponsored posts and just my own recipe posts.

This is from my recent recipe post. The cheese actually looks good! This was a delicious recipe.
This is from my recent recipe post. The cheese actually looks good! This was a delicious recipe.

 

Hint water is delicious and fresh! You can literally see that the water is cold. This was my first time to try cake pops.
Hint water is delicious and fresh! You can literally see that the water is cold. This was my first time to try cake pops.

 

The “things” of life

Another thing I’m trying to do is take pictures of random objects to learn perspective and to also use them as stock photography.

This statue is outside NWACC. I love how the sunlight gleams off of it. It's soothing somehow, don't you think?
This statue is outside NWACC. I love how the sunlight gleams off of it. It’s soothing somehow, don’t you think?

 

This is the ADA accessible table at a local Starbucks. I love how you can see the definition and wear in the wood.
This is the ADA accessible table at a local Starbucks. I love how you can see the definition and wear in the wood. Accessible coffee shops have become an important part of my life as I use them when I need to work away from home. 

 

One of the final pictures I took of the night was of a sparkler I was holding myself. I love how you can see the stick as it's burning and all the stars shooting out. Did I mention I like sparklers?
Baby, you’re a firework! Ok, that was lame. But seriously, we bought fireworks together for the first time in the seven years we’ve been together. I love me some sparklers! 

 

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Jamie: I enjoyed your blog with your photographs. Still remember that photo you took for the news story you were covering a few years ago…it was a fire and you took the picture of the fireman in full regalia in a smoke-filled area. Very effective picture.

    1. Thanks, Aunt Sharon! It’s funny you mention that fireman photo. That was taken in late 2000 or early 2001 so more than a decade ago 🙂 I have no idea how I got such a cool picture.

  2. nice post … you could do a whole photo shoot based on “perspective from a chair”. It would be interesting

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