Who needs a tripod?

Every young business is starving for capital, mine most definitely included.
Over the past year, I've been able to slowly check my photography needs
and wants off of my looooong list... except for one thing... a tripod.

I remember a late-night trip to Best Buy when I almost bought myself a tripod.
It was right after Christmas 2009, and Jared had a gift card so he was staring at the video games.
I wandered over the camera accessories section and decided to pick one out.

And then I saw that they cost all of $50 which I couldn't even afford...
unless Jared would hand over his gift card...
and since I just told you he was staring at video games,
you should know that would never happen.

But I'm really glad.

When I first got my camera, I spent hours shooting trees, flowers, clouds, and my coffee table,
just to learn the ins and outs of photography.
Obviously, shooting trees and coffee tables is boring, so since I didn't have kids or a dog,
I started photographing the only other thing available to me.
I went crazy with self-portraits. Yes, pictures of myself.
I would balance my camera on the couch cushions, the window sill, the coffee table
(see.. coffee tables are useful for more than just foot rests)
and run back and forth hitting my shutter button and posing.
So weird, I know.

Thankfully, these thousands of horrible self-portraits will never be seen by the rest of the world,
but as I went through my favorite pictures from 2010, I realized that the fact that I never
bought a tripod was probably the best thing that could have happened.
Being forced to think about every aspect of an image before I even hit the shutter
brought out creativity I didn't even know I had.

I've had so many amazing people in front of my lens this year,
and I forgot what it was like to only have myself to photograph.
After a photo shoot was canceled this weekend, Jared and I and my camera
went for a snowy walk so I could get my picture-fix.
Jared stood in the frame and I balanced my camera on a snowy log, just like old times.


I'm really glad I never bought that tripod.