When it comes to just hanging out with friends and family, I usually take tons of photos of everyone else, which means I’m rarely in the photo. And I’m okay with that. To be honest, when it comes to capturing normal, candid shots, I’d much rather be behind the lens than in front of it. So it’s a refreshing change of pace to see myself in a photo that had nothing to do with me choosing the camera settings or figuring out the composition, whether it was taken with an iPhone or a Canon 5D Mark II. It reminds me that everyone has a different way of seeing things and capturing it on a camera. Plus, it’s just really awesome to forgo my compulsion to constantly take photos and just let someone else worry about it for a change.
I feel lucky to have a husband who, although is not a photographer, is more than willing to pick up a camera and snap shots of me from time to time, especially while traveling. And I’m also lucky to have a few photography-minded friends who are just as eager to capture those normal candid moments as I am. Here are some of those moments from the past couple years…
The Mister shot this in Barcelona, near Parc Guell with a simple point-and-shoot digital camera. He obviously could care less about a straight horizon line :p
I’ll admit, I made him take this photo while we were in Ronda. I always feel awkward posing for a ‘normal’ photo; I never know quite how to stand or what to do with my hands, but I really like this one. Taken with a Canon Rebel XTi.
Again, taken by the Mister in merrie London! We had just seen the infamous changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and were walking back through the park. I had brought an old Pentax 35mm camera for this trip, and at first, he was unsure about using it for this photo, but he did great. When I finally got the prints developed and he saw this one, he made me promise that I would let everyone know he took the photo. Yes, honey :]
Another one from London, at my favorite store in the entire world, Anthropologie (I could literally spend hours looking at all the displays and merchandise). The hubby saw me admiring the brilliant hanging light bulbs display, and shot these two photos with his iPhone (later at home, I made them into a dipytch).
This was taken by my friend Latella at the bullring in Ronda. At the time, I wasn’t even aware she was taking a photo with her iPhone (she’s gotten pretty good at being the sneak photographer).
I was at a little wooded area near my house and setting up my camera for this shot. Latella was with me and shot this with her Diana F+ camera with 120 film. I love the distorted effect from the fish-eye lens!
Latella playing sneak photographer again….this time in Camden Town, London. I was admiring some of the jewelry, and even though this was one of the few areas that prohibited photography, she snuck one in anyway :p Shot with a Lubitel 166+ camera.
Another image she shot with the Lubitel! We were in London, getting ready to go out for the evening, as evident by my primping. I love the candid feel of this photo, and the soft out-of-focus look.
My friend Bryan is a film camera junkie, and this photo is no exception to that fact. He shot this last summer on our way to a great Italian restaurant here in Spain. Bryan’s the one who introduced me to shooting with film, and I always enjoy seeing the world through his lens.
Another one by Bryan. You can never take too many photos with your iPhone, especially when it’s feria season in Spain!
Recently when I shot these impromptu family photos, the Mister and I were originally there to be photographed by Bryan. And they came out fantastic! I was so excited to have some simple, good ole fashion portraits of my husband and I. He shot this with my Canon 5D Mark II and I did the post-processing (at his request). And here’s another!
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For the past few months, I’ve shot tons of photos on film with my fun little Diana Mini camera, but a couple days ago was the first time in forever that I went back to my trusty Mark II. An impromptu photo session with a beautiful family in a lovely wheat field in Spain. Natural light, love, and baby sunglasses. Couldn’t be better :]
Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot taken by Bryan. Since I didn’t have a tripod, I used my husband. No big deal right?
All images © 2011 Lisa Kimberly Photography