Becoming a mom has heightened my sense of awareness. I'm more in tune with my surroundings now than I ever before. I notice things, like how there are different kinds of silences. Some are good and some are not so good. I can tell the variation between a poor choice made out of defiance and hunger. I could go on and on. Out of all my newly cultivated skills I've gained over the years, I truly believe a deeper sense of awareness is the best. Not only because it makes me a better mom but also because it happens to make me a better photographer.
Awareness is an incredible asset to me. It provides the distinction to know when are the best moments to capture great photographs that eventually turn into amazing stories. It's an ability that I'm always striving to improve upon. One of my favorite methods I use to strengthen my awareness is to do a color story.
A color story is when you pick a color as your primary focus for a series of photos and put them all together in a collage. It's a method that can be used to expand many different skills for photographers. It can help with post processing, learning to conquer a hard color in editing. It can help identify the varying shades of color and how they are affected by the world around us and vice versa. It can help connect a story in a unique way. There are so many benefits, including heightening awareness.
A while back, I started a 100 Days of Summer challenge. Basically, that means I take at least one photo per day for 100 days in a row. It's great for practicing photography but I've been lacking motivation since about mid way through. After living with the same stuff in the same house surrounded by the same neighborhood for four years every thing starts to blur together. I stop noticing things. They become old and boring. So I thought now would be a great time for a color story. I ended up choosing the color red because it's everywhere and it's also happens to be my favorite color.
When I started my red color story, it forced me to really look at the world around me. It made me consider the details of my photograph. I wanted to do more than hey I found the color, I'm gonna take a picture. I want to tell a story. I want to create art.
It's been a little challenging trying to come up with interesting photos surrounding a color but it's extremely fun too. I ended up being able to create a color story for each member of my immediate family, excluding myself. I am thrilled with how they turned out. I've even been considering printing them to hang up in my house!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed learning about color stories!
Until next time,
Koren Smith Photography is a Documentary Family Photographer based in Bellevue, NE. She specializes in taking natural, unprompted, and unposed photos centered around your family's unique life experiences. From birth to teens, she's focused on documenting your family's real-life moments every step of the way.
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I'm Koren! I'm a wife, mother and documentary style photographer all combined into one person. I am passionate about my family, encouraging others, documenting genuine moments that tell beautiful stories and capturing timeless images along the way. Here is where I share my latest work, peeks into my life and resources on how to take your storytelling photography to the next level.