When I went to BlogHer In San Francisco I had a decision to make as my suitcase started bulging – the shoes or the camera? If you know me probably have your heads cocked quizzically… but it was my first *big* blogging conference. I needed sassy shoes for the conference and walking shoes for San Francisco’s famous hills. (Turns out I should have packed a parka, but that’s a whole ‘nother story!)
But I also knew this land-locked Iowa girl wouldn’t get a chance to photograph the awesome bay city very often (read, ever). So, I made a compromise. I brought the sassy shoes and my then-8-year-old son’s $179 Olympus Stylus point and shoot camera. Guess what? I loved the photos I came home with and was sooo glad to have both walking and sassy shoes in San Francisco.
And I got recognized – you can totally laugh but cut me a tiny bit of slack, it was 2008 and I live in a cave. She said to me on the elevator, “Oh my gosh! I know you! You’re the girl with the cup!” To which, I brilliantly replied,
“ummm, yeah! That’s me!”
(seriously, Darcy? “yeah, that’s me!”???? I was kicking myself. I think I might have stammered. I totally came up with about 1000 wittier and kinder replies about 4 hours later. Kick me. I wither under pressure.)
Anyway, she was referring to this photo, lovingly placed in my footer:
… which was taken with an iPhone.
Do you see where I am getting? Admittedly, none of these photographs are going to win me a Pulitzer Prize for Photography. But I love them; I treasure those moments.
There are many types of photography – the photos you take to make memories, the photos you take to make art, then photos you take to tell a story – and each has the potential to be very meaningful. I’m not going to tell you that these snapshots will replace the technical, artistic or talented capabilities of a trained photographer or the likelihood of getting better photos with investment-piece photo equipment. Don’t replace those professional pieces and talented artists. Add to them! Your snapshots can hold their own special place in your memory bank.
Check out some of these other great photos, and the photographers – each taken with a point and shoot camera.
Image credit: Beth @ Pages of Our Life taken with a Nikon Coolpix P80
Image credit: MJ @ One Nutty Girl taken with a Canon SD 600
Image credit: Dawn @ Team Lauman taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2
Image credit: Becca @ Just One More Trip taken with a Canon Powershot.
Have you captured something great recently? Why not link it up to Sweet Shot Tuesday?
ps – read. your. camera. manual. Yes, I’m talking to you.