i got really nervous when my SIL asked me to take pictures of my niece for a baptism book she's putting together. because there're expectations......you know? and i haven't really been taking that many pictures since nora was born. well, that's partly true. i've been taking pictures, but i haven't taken the time to process them so they just sit on my hard drive. sad. caring for two little people makes me want to be in bed vegetating the second they're in bed. and editing photos is not vegetating. watching netflix is vegetating. anyways, the point is i was nervous. here's what i discovered though. and it's a happy discovery! i've been paying attention. and i've been learning. even though i haven't been practicing a lot, i've been looking at others' photo work and thinking about it and noticing light and analyzing processing. i know this is so cheesy, but i feel like i've matured a little. (geez, i'm laughing at myself just typing it) and i think the photos reflect it. at least they show it to me. i used to only feel comfortable sitting someone in open shade and snapping......but i think i'm feeling more adventurous now. it was a fun discovery for me, so i wanted to document the feelings. oh, and i also learned i need to use my lens hood. sometimes. maybe. every picture doesn't need crazy lens flare i guess, though i do love it so!