One of my favorite things to do when I visit my parents' house is to browse through all the old family photo albums. It's amazing how fun and entertaining looking at old, crazy photos really is. As much as I despised having my picture taken constantly by my mom (I still do, actually), she is very quick to remind me that her consistency with taking pictures has been the source of much fun and laughter all these years later.
As an adult and a relatively new mom, I can appreciate my mom's persistence, and realize how important it is to document my life via lens. So, I try to take my camera with me wherever I go because a great picture can literally be anywhere.
I definitely don't have the best camera or lens out there. I'm not a pro at Photoshop. I don't lack complete inspiration, and usually know a good "photo op" when I see one, but I'm by no means a professional when it comes to photography. And, I'll admit, sometimes that makes me a bit discouraged.
Then I heard about The PEN Ready Project. Thanks to the good people at Olympus, over 1,000 unsuspecting people in 6 different cities were given a brand new Olympus PEN E-PM1 camera to show how easy it is for normal, everyday, non-professional people to take amazing pictures. What's even better is you can see all the pictures that were taken here.
What a fun project!
It definitely helped me remember that it's not about being the best photographer or having the most expensive equipment, but just about taking pictures in the first place.
After all, the most difficult thing to replace is yesterday.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olympus