Friday, October 10, 2014

Raw

I came down to the lake yesterday afternoon because we leave today to head to my cousin's wedding at Breezy Point in Minnesota. The drive down was one of the most beautiful drives I've ever taken. It was 50 and sunny so I had the sunroof open, shades on, and tunes cranked while I tried to memorize all the beauty around me. The sun was reflecting off the open water and the leaves were a million different shades of red, orange, yellow, and green. It was one of those times when you wish you could be recording your life because that is something I never want to forget. 

When I finally got to the lake I knew I needed to try to take some pictures. I say "try" because I just don't think you can ever photograph such beauty. I mean, you can do your best but a photo doesn't capture the crisp, fall breeze or the warmth of the fall sun on your face.

This morning I popped my memory card in my computer and opened up my editing software, ready to get these edited and posted on the blog. I didn't change a thing. I decided they don't need editing. They'll just stay raw.

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It's not common anymore to see something in it's raw form. We have PicMonkey for blog photos, Photoshop, and even VSCOCam on your iPhone. I'm sure 99% of photos in our Instagram feeds have some sort of filter applied or saturation increased - and if not, #nofilter will tell you it's not edited. Why wouldn't we want to make our skin look tanner or more perfect? Why wouldn't we want the sunset colors to be more distinct? The tools are there so we might as well use them. 

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But there's something refreshing about being in raw form - whether it be our photos or even ourselves. Being raw is not perfect, but it's relatable. It's real. And it's honest. 
 raw photos, unedited photos, no filter, be yourself, I never thought blogging would, what blogging does for me, the perks of blogging, why I love blogging, how to be yourself, stop worrying about what other people think, embrace yourself, be real, #rawphotos #nofilter #uneditedphotos
raw photos, unedited photos, no filter, be yourself, I never thought blogging would, what blogging does for me, the perks of blogging, why I love blogging, how to be yourself, stop worrying about what other people think, embrace yourself, be real, #rawphotos #nofilter #uneditedphotos

Looking at my pictures got me thinking. They were already so beautiful I didn't want to edit or change them. It's like blogging, really. We sit at our computers to just write and sometimes it's things that we don't even tell people in our "real" lives. We're unedited and we write in a completely raw form. And someone, somewhere can relate. Someone, somewhere is supportive and encouraging. It's refreshing to be real and honest and just be ourselves. I think that's what keeps us coming back every day. I never thought blogging would be that for me. 

raw photos, unedited photos, no filter, be yourself, I never thought blogging would, what blogging does for me, the perks of blogging, why I love blogging, how to be yourself, stop worrying about what other people think, embrace yourself, be real, #rawphotos #nofilter #uneditedphotos

I love to edit photos and I'm certainly not suggesting that we stop. But I'm going to try to be more raw in my real life and stop worrying about what other people think. I challenge you to do the same.

This is who I am - unedited and not perfect. Take it or leave it.

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