A Special Day for Grandma

I do a lot of landscape photography. It’s what I enjoy most. But there is a much greater benefit to shooting landscapes than simply personal enjoyment . . . getting to know my camera.

When you know your camera well, you can shoot anything.

Whatever genre you enjoy, the more you do it, the more you’ll get to know your camera. And the more you get to know your camera, the less you have to think about the technical side of things, and the more second-nature using it will become. Once you’re thinking less about your camera, you will have more time to think about what you’re shooting: the creative and relational side of photography.

So, whatever photography you love to do, do it well! Even if it may not seem to be beneficial for much at the beginning, you will be surprised at how your horizons will expand into the different genres!

Yesterday we celebrated my Grandma’s 87th birthday! I’m not a senior portrait photographer (no pun intended), but regardless of what genre of photography I love, because I love it and do it often, a special day for Grandma became an opportunity for me, a photographer, to provide a professional blessing to others. And is this not really the ultimate goal of a photographer?

4403_Coopers Rock State Forest-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 121 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

4433_Coopers Rock State Forest-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200 mm, 1-640 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

4407_Coopers Rock State Forest-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

4424_Coopers Rock State Forest-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200 mm, 1-800 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

4437_Coopers Rock State Forest-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 97 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 200

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5 Comments

  1. Sarah August 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    How sweet for you all to spend a day with your Grandma! She looks like she was so blessed!

  2. The Neely Team August 25, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Awww… precious photos. Timeless treasures! Great job, James!

  3. James August 26, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    It WAS a special day for her! I wish we could do it more often. She lives by herself, and even though there are folks visiting her every day, I’m sure it would be so lonely to be living all alone. Praise the Lord for such a beautiful day for the occasion!

  4. Esther Staddon August 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    I love you so much, Grandma! I look forward to seeing you again soon!

  5. ANA August 27, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    HERMANOS EN CRISTO: ¿SI LA ABUELA VIVE SOLA? PREGUNTO PORQUE NO LA LLEVAN A VIVIR CON USTEDES? ES UNA SEÑORA ANCIANA QUE NECESITA CUIDADOS Y ESTAR EN COMPAÑIA Y QUE MEJOR COMPAÑIA QUE LA DE SUS SERES QUERIDOS, ¿NO LE PARECE DON Y DONNA? BLESSING FROM ARGENTINA.

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