There are lots of things that I am good at. I like to think I am a pretty decent cook. I am a super fast typist. I do pretty well at xbox kinect soccer. I can make my kids laugh, braid my daughters hair, water ski, make a mojito, lead a book discussion for elementary school kids, paint my own finger nails, organize a closet and start a campfire.
There are also many things I am not so good at. I cannot paint my own toenails. I am a horrible softball player and proof reader. I can't snow ski, help my kids with their math homework, fold laundry in a timely manner, bake a pie or keep plants alive.
At 41 years old, I am well aware of my strengths and weaknesses.
There are many talents I don't possess that I envy in others. Taking decent photographs is a skill I wish I had. I know a good photographer when I see one, but when I look back through my iPhoto archives, I am hard pressed to find a photo that could be considered "high quality." All of my favorite photos of my kids were taken by other people, professional people.
I own a fancy camera and once in a while, I get lucky and take a great shot. I was searching through my photos for an example of one of my lucky shots, but I couldn't find one. The truth is I don't really carry my fancy camera around with me that often. Most of the time, I snap photos on my iPhone.
I love Instagram and the cool things Hipstamatic can do to a photo. These apps make amateurs like me look like halfway decent photographers.
I also love to admire people who truly do have an eye for photography and the editing skills to back it up. Which is why I love The Pioneer Woman's photography assignment contests. A couple of weeks ago, she put out the call for mobile phone photos and I remembered a photo I snapped a while back of my daughters ballet class during dress rehearsal for a recital. Something about they way they were all lined up on the other side of the room in their pink tu-tus made me want to whip out my iPhone and open the Hipstamatic app. My son was pulling at my arm, so I was surprised at how the shot came out.
I entered it in Ree's photo assignment contest and who would have thought, I made the finals. Color me flabbergasted.
I am the most unlikely candidate, but I sure I am honored to be included in this group of excellent photos. Be sure to check out the other finalists, they are stunning!