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in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014


10 things to remember when picking up the camera again

clean your lens.

wear comfortable shoes.

don't worry if it's been a while. you were busy living your life, and there's nothing wrong with that.

keep your eyes open.

be fully present.

possess a spirit of giving. remember the joy, gratitude and sense of togetherness you experience when a single image gifts you with the opportunity to pause, reflect, hold onto an emotion and delight in the beauty of simple things.

shoot what you know, experiment, shift focus, try a different angle or play with light. but keep shooting.

recharge your battery.

Anne Lamott calls them "the shitty first drafts". Nancy Slonim Aronie writes "great work comes after good work which comes after lousy work which comes after no work. remember that order." please do.

don't be daunted. have confidence in yourself. it is really like riding a bike, I promise.

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Reader Comments (7)

true that! i absolutely loved this. keep on shooting, sister. xo
Mar 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbella
Totally taking this advice. I had a short break of 4 months barely touching my camera but getting back into it and falling in love all over again.
Mar 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterimelda
Oh perfect, Irene.
Wonderful advice.
I needed that. :)
Sage advice, my friend.
I need to relearn how to shoot in DAYLIGHT.
Mar 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah-Ji
Loved this post -- advice I need. I haven't been shooting as much as I'd like and my recent shots are simply abysmal.
Mar 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
You spoke the words I needed at the moment I needed them. Thank you so much.
Mar 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelody
thank you for this.
Mar 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermika

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