Personal,  Photography

Why you should reach for the camera more often. Seriously.

In case you didn’t know, I love photographing farms. Cows, corn, silage, tractors, bulk tanks, kids playing in the fields, all of it.

Being in Wisconsin, what I love to do is really easy.  There is a barn or two down most county lanes, some sprawling crop set between the trees in every county and cows are everywhere.

I mean, I’ve been known to stop on the side of the road, throw my car’s flashers on and snap an agricultural scene to share on Instagram or just have because, you know, I need to have that photo.


Growing up on a farm has instilled a love of agriculture into my camera. Before the purchase of my DSLR, my cellphone was my tool for capturing the big sky moments out in the fields, the hours spent fixing a broken chopper box or on the days when we’d bring in more than one newborn calf.

There are so many things that happen each day on a farm that may seem insignificant, but are actually essential to keeping things moving for the rest of the day, week and even month.

I see an appreciation in capturing these work-focused, family-focused photos. The story is being told in the hear and now, not staged or perfectly lit. It’s just real.

I’d encourage you to document the work you do and the life you live, even in times that you think are  not worth photographing. Cellphone or digital camera, take the photos, because when you are older, you’ll appreciate having those images.


One of the things I’m doing this year is a photography challenge to ensure I’m taking different kinds of photos and to get better at my skill. I would suggest you join one too! There are many different ones out there that can lead you with prompts and some will encourage you to get creative. Plus, you’re both making and saving memories.

Photo challenge resources:

  1. Here is a daily New York Times photo prompt list meant to inspire people to write, but I think you can take some creative liberty and use them as photo prompts too!
  2. This is a fun one from Fat Mum Slim that includes simple and fun prompts.
  3. Here is a link to one of my Pinterest boards that has a number of short-term photo challenges.
  4. I’m doing the Dogwood Photography challenge to help me improve my photography skills.

If you choose to share the images on the Internet or not, find a way to keep your challenge photos documented together, and at the end of the year you can look through them and reflect on what happened. Now go and add these links to your bookmark bar!

Take pictures of what you love most, your girlfriend, your dog, your morning coffee, your desk at work, your latest home project, the snowfall, the sunrise, your fresh cut lawn, your kid doing their homework. Anything is the limit. You’ll be grateful to have them.

Have a great week, and don’t be afraid to share your photos with me! I’d love to see them.

-Alyssa B.

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  • Robin

    Totally agree with you – I’ve treasured having photos of my everyday life since I was a kid, so I’ve always tried to make a habit of photographing the things I see every day before I move on to a new stage of my life. For instance, I had an old commute that I absolutely loved (where I would often stop to take pictures, too!) and I love having those photos.

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