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This post was most recently updated on April 21st, 2018

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I bought a fancy ‘grown up’ camera last summer.  It was on QVC as the ‘Today’s Special Value’, and it was a deal I couldn’t pass up.  (Don’t judge – QVC is awesome and awesome people like me shop there.)  Since then I’ve been taking pictures of pretty much everything around The Farm – kids, animals, scenery, dirt.  In an effort to be able to take better pictures for family posterity, and this blog, I’m trying to learn all I can.  One of my most challenging tasks has been to learn how to use the Manual features of the camera, so that I don’t have to depend on Auto.

I’ve really been enjoying the process.  And if I say so myself, I think I’ve taken some pretty cool pictures.  I realize any professional photographer would probably disagree with my composition, lighting, and other settings completely.  But, hey – I’m not a professional and I’m learning.

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Last fall, my girls and I decided to do a photo-journal project for school.  I used my new camera; my oldest used the little point and shoot that she got for her birthday; and my youngest used my very first digital camera.  She felt like she got the short end of the stick with my ancient Kodak Easy Share that I’ve taken a million pictures on over the years.  And, she was pretty irritated that she didn’t have a more ‘professional’ camera.  But after I *explained* to her that she’s 7, she realized she could be satisfied with what she had.

We had so much fun with that project that it started a ‘thing’ in our house.  Now, we take pictures of every season and  when we can finally agree on what to do with the best images, we’ll have something really amazing that we’ve done together.

These are some of my favorite shots from our original fall session – some are mine and some are the girls’.  But all of them The Farm Mama’s view of the world.

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Could you tell which photos had been taken whom?  I’ll give you a hint … The girls like to take pictures of the dog.  They claim she is the most adorable and perfect subject ever.  lol

Like I said, we had an amazing time putting together this fall photo journal.  With four kids, a business, a working ranch, homeschooling, husband-ing – sometimes I feel like I don’t get to spend enough time with my kids, individually.  And even though I was with my two girls, it was a very special time for us.

I want to encourage you to get out there and find your own view!  It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have. Just do it!  And, better yet, take along someone you love and get to see the world through their eyes, too.

Follow That Farm Mama on Facebook and Instagram to see more of my view.  And be sure to share some of your favorite photos, or comment below.

Love & Blessings,



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