Taking Pictures

Probably like most dads, I’m only in a handful of our family photos. Although my wife has recently become a shutterbug with her Samsung Galaxy S9, about 99.9% of our family pictures have been taken with me behind the lens. That’s okay. I’ve come to accept my role as Family Archivist. It runs in my family. Dad was our Videographer and took his job very seriously. We have Super 8 footage of the Wiki-Wiki bus in Hawaii he was supposed to be on, as it made its way out to the plane without him.

Mom was our family Photographer. However, she was better known as The Decapitator. This was because she managed to chop off the tops of our heads in just about every picture. I recently came across a photo of me and my date from the Lakeview High Homecoming Dance in my senior year. Sure enough, scalped again. I like to think I do a better job than Mom did with her Instamatic. Because of all of the advances in digital photography, I’ve become pretty good at capturing just the right shot.

I take my role as archivist very seriously. If I’m not going to get these shots, who will? Recently, at my nephew Bret’s wedding, I was the only one who shot the pictures and video of the ceremony from the front. The rest of the guests were on either side of the gazebo. I stood for the whole ceremony, but it was worth it. This illustrates Jerry’s Photo Tip #1: Sometimes you gotta move your ass to get the shot! However, never insert yourself into the event, and always make sure to stay out of the way of the professionals. 

Anyway, I spent the morning after the wedding uploading all of the pictures to Amazon Prime Photos. It’s amazing to use your HDTV as a giant photo album. One of my goals for next year is to upload ALL of our family pictures to Prime Photos. This means scanning and uploading a ton of snapshots that are still in CVS envelopes. It’s going to be a tedious task, but the result will certainly be worth it.

Hey, it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sunrise. Where did I leave my camera again?

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