Bringing back my "Instagram" collages for 2017. A project life series of little views and things, stuff I've been up to lately and what I saw. Here's January which was reported to be the coldest January for Switzerland since like the 1980's. Brrrr! Despite the cold, winter in Switzerland is stunning and I constantly have to stop in astonishment of the view. Along with the chaotic day to day of a house full of family bliss, January was full of quiet snowy walks in the forest with my golden retriever, market days in town where the streets look like scenes from a french storybook, a visit to Sir Charles Chaplin's beautiful villa and gardens in Vevey, and a birthday celebration for my youngest son. This is what I love about taking pictures, the stillness you capture and the moments in between, when life gives you a second to take it all in and remember it forever. See more on Instagram @_tanyamoss.
Hello Everyone. Hope the start of your new year is going ok despite all of the change and uncertainty happening all around the world. This blog is not a place to discuss politics at all but I feel compelled to acknowledge things at least before I can even write another word or snap another picture.
Along with a few of my personal favourite 2017 new year resolutions, like carrying my camera with me everywhere, I am excited to make a fresh start for my blog, my creative journal, my behind the scenes, where I hope to continue to share my photography journey with you. So here goes...
Thought I'd start sharing more pics of where I live in Switzerland. Some of you have asked what's it like and I would love to show you the views and share what I've been up to out here. But wait, first here's a bit of background for those who may be just joining me on here. Originally from California, I have been living abroad now for 17 years!! Oh wow... when I say that out loud, I just can't believe it but it's true : / I think the term is called "expatriate" as we are not immigrants nor migrants. We have not given up our home citizenship or passports with intent to seek another citizenship nor are we fleeing war or economic hardships. We follow employment with visas through my husbands career in advertising and we have lived and worked in South East Asia and Europe for most of this time. I am American and my husband is British and we have raised three children moving around like this. I think the term for my children is "third culture kids" as they were born from two different cultures in addition to growing up in a third different culture. Confused yet? I'm not sure how to explain it, our life just worked out like this. It's been up and down and amazing and difficult just like any other life. The photographs above are from in and around our current little rented house in a small town on Lake Geneva in the French speaking part of Switzerland. We are surrounded by forest, lake and mountains, it's super lovely and quiet and I feel very lucky to be here. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Happy January everyone. Stay smart and hopeful and hang tough! x
We celebrated a birthday around here over the weekend. This is my little boy and he is so loved! A happy, sweet and funny little fella. Here he has posed for me a few years back when I got my first digital camera. My digital photos are not very saturated I have discovered and they are not heavily retouched or edited. My background is in film photography and I still shoot and process in a natural analogue manner. I really strive to capture my subjects in an honest way. This is my boy and I can attest that his little personality is shining right through in these pics. Makes me so happy to look back at them. Do you like this style? Do you have any birthdays coming up? How about having a traditional portrait taken for a unique family gift and long lasting heirloom. Now taking bookings here in Switzerland. See my contact page for details.
Happy Holidays everyone. Just letting you know that I will be in Switzerland over the winter break and available for photo shoots. Book a personal and unique portrait session for your middle school or high school students and document these special times. Perfect for year end gifts to send out to family and friends near and far as well as being an amazing addition to standard school year pictures. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Back when I made the switch from film photography to digital, there were several years in between where I carried only one scrappy little point and shoot camera before finally making the upgrade to a good quality DSLR in 2012. It was a late transition considering the fast moving pace of digital technology and I remember hanging up my film cameras more and more simply because it was getting more and more difficult to find film processing overseas. This was also a time that coincided with my children being little and they were growing up far too quickly. I tried very hard to keep pace with their childhood and capture as much as possible with that scrappy little compact. In the end I am left with literally thousands of low res jpegs not being anything special in terms of quality but being incredibly special personally for they contain so many precious family memories. This might not be the most perfect photographic journey that I had envisioned for my own family photo albums but it is what it is and i'll take it!
So what to do about all those jpegs? And who's got the time to even tackle such a project? Seems daunting I know but trust me, it's super worth it. I have just spent the week completely overhauling my photos from this era. It was quite the mess and something I had been putting off for a long time. At last I have made some sense of it all. For those of you in a similar situation wanting to sort out your digital life and find an easy way to archive your photos, organise and store them safely ready to make prints, galleries, albums or whatever I have outlined my process here.
- Make some time. Depending on how many photos you are dealing with, some patience is a good thing. Take it easy, you don't have to take on the entire project all at once. Break it up into stages if necessary but be sure to take note of the progress so that you can easily start up again where you left off.
- Use a photo management software program. This is essential! I use Adobe Lightroom for both my work and personal photo management and it's awesome. There are several excellent free options out there too, check out Flickr, Smug Mug or Apple Photos. Shop around for one you like best.
- Designate one centralised location for all of your photos. Get your photos off of your phone, computer, cd's, memory cards etc and get them together into one central location. Depending on what photo management program you are using this one central location could be your main computer's internal hard drive, online cloud storage or an external hard drive.
- Organise a folder structure. Using your photo management program, create one main photo library folder in your centralised location and give it a name for example "My Photos" and begin to import your photos batch by batch into a concise folder structure. Inside the main photo library folder "My Photos" create folders by the year and inside each year folder create individulal folders by event, location or a brief meaningful description pertaining to the images in there. For example your folder structure might look something like this: My Photos-2011-trip to California
- Edit. Once photos are organised into their new folder structure use your photo management program to edit images, rename files, add keywords and delete any rejects. After going through a specific folder of photos i.e. "2011-trip to California", rate them and make a selection of your favourites. Make any adjustments to your favourites at this point.
- Print and Share. After editing, create a new folder for your selection favourites. I save my "selects" in two different sizes accordingly, one size for printing and another size for sharing on social media. I keep these two folders together inside the folder with the original files. So now the example folder structure would lay out like this: My Photos-2011-trip to California (inside 'trip to California' would be all the originals plus a folder named "01_Print" and a folder named "02_Web") So anytime I want to make a printed album or share online, my edited select photos are ready to go.
- Back Up! Copy your entire main photo library onto a separate external hard drive so that you have an exact mirror copy for safe keeping. Your photo library will grow and so keep the 2nd drive up to date, backing up every now and again.
Voila! I hope that made any kind of sense at all and maybe give you some inspiration to get organised. I try to keep things as simple as possible and this is by no means the only way to do this, everyone's got a different take on it. I hope just to pass on a few ideas and links. Let me know if you have anything to add to this topic. I'd love to hear how others keep their photos in tact. Happy camping. TM x