Good, the bad & the adorable “ugly”

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The good, the bad & the adorable “ugly” is what I enjoy capturing in my scrapbook pages about real life.

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Guest Post by Calendar Girl Heather Guenther

Sometimes those photos which you would normally dismiss as being unflattering or a technical mess can be the ones which tell the story the best and should be embraced not deleted. They often contain the details which make the story truly sing. They often better capture the moments which are going to be memorable for many more years than the perfect photo which doesn’t truly capture the story of the memory. They may be fuzzy or bad lighting but they will still jog the memory the same and bring back the vividness of the moment in your mind the same as a technically good photo.

Do you remember days where everything went perfect … or do you remember the ones where something took an unexpected detour? Myself, I tend to remember the days where something didn’t go according to plan. They may have seemed to be bad days when it happened if it took an undesirable turn of events, but even those days often are the ones I look back on later and smile or laugh about.

It is those moments that I want to be sure to capture in my pages alongside the good ones as they all are part of what makes us who we are. The undesirable moments of my life have probably changed me more than any “perfect” moment has. Those moments are what make life truly real to me and so I try to preserve them so that I will be able to see how they have changed my life over the years.

This past December, I had the pleasure of photographing a friend’s daughter for their Christmas card photo. It was an afternoon full of both good and bad moments. Her daughter had a bit of a cold and thus a runny nose and was not always in the most accommodating mood. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating with the location where we had wanted to take her photo for weeks, so we were making due with a less than desirable situation as it was getting down to the wire for getting a photo for their card.

I took a lot of photos and in the end, we found THE one. The one which showed her as the adorable 21-month-old that she is normally. The one which was perfect for a Christmas card. However, the number of other photos which didn’t make the Christmas card photo cut told the real story of the day perfectly. The Christmas card photo didn’t tell the story of what we went through that afternoon in search of capturing the “perfect” card shot. The truly “perfect” shots from the afternoon to me were the ones which showed the good times, the bad times, the meltdowns, the candy bribing, the laughter, the tenderness… so those were the ones that I used along side the “perfect” card shot for my scrapbook page of the day for my 25 Days to Christmas album page.

Decembe 14, 2009 by Heather Guenther

"Decembe 14, 2009" by Heather Guenther

When I look at the page, sure I notice the “perfect” card shot, but more so, I am drawn to the meltdown face which is still adorable in its own way, the tender moment of a cuddle with her mother, her sweetly having a drink of milk, the real reaction to the big stuffed Santa doll… the moments which made getting that “perfect” card shot all more special and memorable. It was a good afternoon but if I just scrapped the “perfect” shot, in a couple of years, I likely wouldn’t remember the little details which made it truly good.

So next time you are going through your photos, I urge you to take a moment to stop at those fuzzy, blurry, unflattering ones and give them a second chance. You might just find that they truly are the perfect photo for your page in the end. They may not be technical perfect photos in photography terms but may be technical perfect photos in capturing real life terms.

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Comments

  1. Beautiful post Heather, as well as a beautiful layout!!

  2. Beautiful post Heather, as well as a beautiful layout!!

  3. winkasheart says:

    Perfectly said! I agree whole heartily with this and that is a beautiful layout!

  4. winkasheart says:

    Perfectly said! I agree whole heartily with this and that is a beautiful layout!

  5. suzyqscraps says:

    I absolutely agree! I think it’s important that we scrap our whole journey, and not just the pretty parts. Thanks for the post!

  6. suzyqscraps says:

    I absolutely agree! I think it’s important that we scrap our whole journey, and not just the pretty parts. Thanks for the post!

  7. Love it! I’m trying to use those imperfect photos in my layouts more often. They really do tell more of a story a lot of the time.

  8. Love it! I’m trying to use those imperfect photos in my layouts more often. They really do tell more of a story a lot of the time.

  9. Fabulous tip Heather! I need to do this more often. TFS

  10. Fabulous tip Heather! I need to do this more often. TFS

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