Since having kids, I have developed a very serious hobby taking and editing photos. I started using all automatic settings and only cropping and using red-eye reduction to now using only manual settings (with all their mistakes and mishaps) and obsessively editing on Lightroom. I also love to go online and read photography tutorials, since I have been entirely self-taught, and have learned so much! Being friends with people who do take classes helps, too (thanks, Jaime!)--I can pick their brain for free and use trial and error for the rest. Plus having the world's two cutest kids makes for a lot of photo opportunities, so I never am lacking in excuses to practice.
Here are three photos I am actually proud of, and I will tell you why. Yes, they are edited. I did a terrible job with the lighting because I was so determined to get the shot I was in too much of a rush to fiddle with my settings much. Kind of like this day. But the reason I like these photos: