While working on my Christmas cards I began thinking about the family photographs we took every year when I was a kid. Every Christmas Eve my mom lined us kids up on the stairs and took our official Christmas photo. Little ‘stair-steps’ every single year until we began to get married and the family grew too large for the stairs. Then our picture was taken in front of the fireplace where stockings hung and garland adorned the mantle. The hearth did not simply make a lovely setting but posed a symbolic message as well. Hearth and home. Brat that I was, I did not appreciate the importance of the holiday photo tradition until well into adulthood. Instead, I remember it being kind of a drag posing for those pictures. Sometimes it even seemed such a hassle to get everyone in the same place at the same time with smiles on their faces. My mom persevered, however, and we have decades of photos of (mostly) smiling faces glowing with Christmas joy.
Somehow, though, this tradition fell to the wayside a few years ago and I don’t know exactly why. I think perhaps that it has to do with the retirement of my mom’s bulky old camera and its lack of replacement due to the convenience of smart phones. Smart phone cameras take amazing pictures these days but setting up the timer and stabilizing the phone in just the right place is a heck of a job even without the merry chaos of the holidays. Did it really become too much trouble for us to stand together and say cheese for a few minutes once a year? I refuse to believe that and I have resolved to revive the tradition. It is beyond time to find a new camera that captures our family’s Christmas Spirit.
Family Christmas photos are not the only reason I need a quality digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). Blogging is my job now, and I intend to do my absolute best. A huge part of every post I write is illustration. Artful high resolution photos are a telling characteristic of superior blogs and I like to aim as high as possible. Each photo I take is a carefully planned creation. Unfortunately, more than one has been discarded because of the limitations of my smart phone’s camera. Well, no more! I have come so far in my first year of blogging that I am ready to invest in Lagniappe’s future. Best Buy, here I come!
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