Over the summer, I took a trip with some good friends to Lake Tahoe, California. I still haven’t been there in the winter, which I hear is gorgeous, but truthfully I’m not much of a snow person, so summer in Tahoe is plenty good for now. I took about 500 photos on this trip and have yet to go through all of them, but this image was by far my favorite.
Traveling has changed immensely for me (and my family) since I became a photographer. I’m always the one lingering behind taking photos or walking around things countless times from different angles or pointing out the window gasping, “Look at that beautiful light!” My sweet husband has gotten used to it, and humors me with a gentle nod and a brief, “Uh-huh.” Apparently, he takes my word for it since he no longer bothers to look.
On this particular trip, I had seen pictures of Emerald Bay online and told my friends that I really wanted to take a picture there at some point during our trip. But, of course, I really did not want to wake up at 5 in the morning to do it. I’m glad my more adventurous friend convinced us to go because more and more, I’m beginning to realize how much lighting can truly make or break an image. Recently, I heard or read somewhere that photography is about taking images of the light more than anything else. I don’t think I truly understood that when I first became interested in photography, but the more I shoot, the more I realize how true this statement is, and it has completely changed the way I look at photography. Yes, being a mom with two young kids does not make it easy to catch light at its best, but trying to understand light and how it reflects, reveals, envelops, changes or even ruins a subject depending on its quality is something I’m always striving to focus on before I even put the camera up to my face.
Hopefully, I’ll get around to sharing the rest of my Tahoe images someday soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts about “shooting the light” and what you think that means for you and your photography.