the importance of PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
A big thanks to Blurb for sponsoring my Printed Photo Challenge. All opinions are mine alone.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile or you follow me on Instagram, you’re well aware of how much I value natural, candid photography of my family. I’ve talked a great deal about this in the past, so if you’re interested in why it’s so important to me, check out my thoughts, here. Today I’m going to take that conversation to the next level, encouraging moms to take the Printed Photo Challenge.
#momreality giveaway! + combatting the social photoshopping of life
Hi Everyone! I’m Jen from Jen Snyder Photo, and I’m excited to be guest posting here today sharing something I’m very passionate about: #momreality.
We have all heard time and time again how the overuse of Photoshop is ruining our definition of beauty– warping it to something unattainable. Just like the way Photoshop skews our perception of beauty, I believe social media is skewing our perception of motherhood. We are all led to believe that our houses should be spotless, gourmet meals cooking, while making intricate crafts with our children. All the time.
This is supported by countless photos on social media of freshly baked bread, clean kitchens with happy kids making crafts in them, and other life-is-perfect images.
But what we see is not always what is real. We aren’t seeing what went into making the photo. We don’t see the mess that is just out of frame. After all, it’s what is just out of the frame where reality rests.
For example… I took a few photos with my iPhone. The photo I would have posted to social media, and the reality behind it.
I was sooo excited to recently be chosen for the PlaySkool ShowCam Bzz Campaign. A Bzz Campaign is a program through BzzAgent that sends free products and coupons to people to let them try it out, harnessing the most powerful form of marketing there is right now – word of mouth.
As soon as we got the box, I knew how I wanted to introduce this to the kids. Sunday morning we grabbed donuts and went to a local park where I brought my own camera to take a few snapshots of the family fun. I sent them on a picture scavenger hunt and let them snap away.
Now I should mention, I was surprised upon opening the packaging that there were absolutely no instructions inside. So we popped the batteries in and found that it was pretty intuitive to operate. Just a little testing of the buttons to figure out what-was-what, and we were off and running.
Dub took pictures of a spider, butterfly, leaves, and the rest of us at the park.
A cool feature of this camera is the in-picture templates. You can make your subject a pirate, ballerina, dragon, skunk…all sorts of fun things!
When we got home, we all watched the pictures through one of the camera’s coolest features – the projector. They loved this and were delighted when the in-picture templates played animations along to music. They watched them over and over…until a fight ensued about whose turn it was to play with the camera.
This camera is lightweight and made of plastic, yet it seems reasonably durable. I see lots and lots of fun with this toy in our future.
Our annual family photos are coming up quickly in just a few weeks – and I have been putting off the decision of what to wear. I normally have a vision and this time…I just don’t. Which is your favorite wardrobe theme?