1.07.2009

the everyday

Many months ago in a comment here or an email, (I really can't remember). Someone, maybe one, of you left me a little note at the end of the main message, a little p.s., "always have your camera with you." It was to me, an interesting message.

In a normal day I can make several little trips out, all within a couple miles of my house; the kids to school, home from school, grocery shopping, or one too many taco stops for lunch. I am usually running late and am lucky if I make it out the door with my hair combed. It probably goes without saying my camera was getting left behind. I adopted a "what am I really going to see on a 2 minute trip for cat food" attitude.

But, you see... I see a lot. Every time I was without a camera a million little details would catch my eye. And, every time I would think of that little message. It haunted me.

So, I am adding one more resolution to my list... I'll have a camera with me this year. It won't be my best one, but it is good enough to throw in my bag when I am running out the door, and catch those bits of everyday life that I've been missing.

Today they look like this....








What does your everyday look like?

25 comments:

Suvarna said...

beautiful images, I especially like the road lined with mailboxes. You do see a lot and your vision is unique.

trupeach said...

these are beautiful shots.
i try to remember the same message. a few evenings ago, i took my camera with me while simply walking to the mailbox ... so glad that i did: http://purpleinme.blogspot.com/2009/01/003.html

Char said...

today my everyday looks like beautiful crisp sunshine, which is better than the gray dripping five inches of rain yesterday.

lovely shots

mimi charmante said...

i asked for (and was lucky enough to open) a new camera bag for christmas. i love it so much and it is now my new "purse" that comes most everywhere with me. i love bringing "stella" along in hopes of finding something wonderful in the ordinary~

Camillas Foto said...

I am glad you had your camera with you, wonderful photos!

Little Gray Pixel said...

I'm so jealous of your technique which, for lack of better words, is milky, like a giant milkshake. I love it. Absolutely take your camera everywhere.

courtneygriffin said...

These are some breathtaking images. Absolutely stunning!

Brandie said...

First, I just found your blog through a friend of mine and I am blown away. Your photographs are amazing!

Taking more pictures and remembering my camera is a big one for me this year too. I was just on a blog that was talking about doing a scrapbook of 365 days in their life. I thought that was such a great idea as my kids are growing up so quickly. Let's see how long I last;)

Melissa said...

Great photos Alicia. Last year my husband bought me a Digital Elph that I can leave in my purse, just in case. It's hard to carry around my nice camera and I wouldn't want anything to happen to it on everyday errands.

This year I'm doing what Brandie talked about. Taking a photo everyday. It's my challenge for 2009!

Debbie said...

I always keep my point and shoot with me,,you never know :D

Heather EspaƱa said...

Today my everyday looks like this:
http://www.espanaphotographyblog.com/2009/01/deer-oregon-photographer.html

the little deer my great grandma gave me. They keep me company in the kitchen :).

shanon said...

You know, these are magical. I always go without my camera, but hopefully that statement will haunt me as well. Because just look what we would have missed if you hadn't had yours with...

Kasey said...

oh girl, if i could make my everyday as pretty as yours.....

Tracie said...

that's also one of my goals this year! must be something in the air.. ;) great pics! i especially love the one w/ the birds.. looks like my wall mural in my bedroom, honest!

lorenzstudio said...

It's amazing what the camera can capture that the eye can not see. No one will ever be able to take the exact same photograph that you have taken.

I have also started taking my camera with me while I am on my everyday outings (mainly my morning walks, so far) and I am amazed at the results.

http://lorenzstudio.com/blog.html

Mariah@Playful Learning said...

Thank you for this reminder. I linked to this post on a blog I created for young writers... to inspire them to always have their writer's notebooks...

http://www.writersnotebook.net

G. K. Photography said...

I'm capturing a bit of my everyday here:

http://gabriellekaiphotography.com/blog/discovery-project/

I consider keeping my camera with me everyday as a gift - I can take a moment of that day with me forever.

Excellent work!

jennifer lorton said...

The photo with the birds in the tree is so sweet and beautiful. It's those little moments that are so dear. I try to always remember to bring my camera too, you never know.
Jennifer
http://blog.jenniferlorton.com

Beth said...

I love what your "non best" camera found....so peaceful !!

and I'm with you as far as always having my camera....my little point and shoot is always in my bag !!!

Hobo ........ ........ said...

Last pic, too good

Mrs.French said...

me too...kyle used to get on me, because everytime we would be out without my camera I would always say "I wish I had my camera with me..." then this fall there was the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen in Portland...Pink, puffy clouds everywhere, perfectly placed...I missed it. Never again! I love what you captured, it would be a crime for you to leave without it, we would be missing out...xo t

AScrappyDesign said...

Everytime I drive to work, there are things that I see everyday but I think to myself, "that would make an awesome picture." Of course, I never have my camera with me . . . I even have one that I bought to carry in my purse but for some reason, it's never in my purse. Tomorrow, I will have my camera with me as I drive to work. Thanks for the reminder! :D

Jeanneoli said...

I am always finding beautiful things to photgraph when I don't have my camera on me...I am hoping I will do better this year too. Beautiful imagages that you caught...wouldn't it have been a shame to miss them. Love the tree with the birds.

A said...

Your last photo is absolutely beautiful! I always carry my camera, but I need to get in the habit of pulling it out everyday. Unfortunately, I get discouraged by the darkness of my morning and evening commute (at least right now in the dead of winter).

Thanks for the inspiration!

aliandsethinthecity.blogspot.com

Jennifer White said...

I think that is such fantastic advice...and I'm going to join you and put my tiny Canon Elf in my purse for good!