Just this week one of my dear friends (who also happens to be our family photographer) posted an emotional story about a man who recently lost his wife in an accident. Amid his suffering, he found consolation in the pictures he and his wife had taken just days before her untimely passing. He reminds us all of the importance of capturing our precious memories in through photographs when he writes, "They [the photographs] are truly the most valued remembrances of our relationship that I possess."
When I flip through my memories and my photo files, I find myself drawn to some of the most valued remembrances of my life so vividly captured in an image.
My wedding day:
The first picture of my babies:
My favorite picture ever:
Or this favorite:
And then there are the other everyday images capturing the miracles of daily life.
Like this one of Em and Drew in their Halloween costumes this week:
Or this one I snapped of Marty while he changed my tire Friday morning:
Quick on the click, I snagged this shot of Drew as he moved the table to complete "Operation Get-the-Candy-off-the-top-of-Fridge."
Today, Marty and I did something we rarely do: we stopped a stranger and asked her to take our picture at the football game.
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have absolutely no photography skills. It's not for want of trying.
However, I don't let my lack of skill stop me as evidenced by all of the i-phone pictures and "not following the Rule of Thirds" shots.
In much the same way as the Internet transformed this non-cook into a partial cook, the WWW has also helped pretty up my photographs a little, too.
I was one of the disheartened amateurs who grieved the passing of Picnik. If it says anything about the quality of that product, I loved that it so much I was willing to pay for the premium subscription.
After its demise in April, I wondered lost, looking for a
That's when I found PicMonkey.
PicMonkey is a FREE photo editor service that allows users to access services with NO registration.
With PicMonkey, you can edit photographs and create collages. They also offer special seasonal edit features, like Halloween add-ons and special effects.
PicMonkey makes it easy to create a Facebook cover image. Here's one I created in 30 seconds.
I also made our Halloween collage using PicMonkey.
Just for fun, I played around with some of the photo editing features tonight (not that I ever use them on any photos I post on this blog).
Consider these "before" and "after" images like one of those "Can You Spot the Differences" games, except you are trying to figure out the edits.
After a glass (or two) of Merlot tonight, I decided to give the Halloween special features a try.
Oh, in case you're wondering, I don't work for PicMonkey and I am not getting compensated in any way for this post. I am just a happy mama user who is happy to share a quality product with other mamas!