Better Pictures 2018

It’s Time To Get Started On 2018

Hi everyone! I’m still here, in case anyone’s noticed 🀭

I’m still living life in 2-hour sleep-deprived increments and experiencing post partum hair loss as we speak (eeeek!).Β  But I’m doing quite well under the circumstances.

So what’s new?

Among my goals for this year is to take better pictures and to (finally, finally) use my DSLR as I go along.Β  I’ve always wanted to improve my photography skills and I bought the thing to seal the deal – you know, very much like buying a treadmill or a lifetime gym membership to affirm the veracity of your intentions πŸ™„

However, after leafing through its manual like it was some distasteful magazine, the DSLR turned into a pricey paperweight, gathering dust as the limelight went back to my ever handy, lightweight & uncomplicated iPhone. (Which reminds me of my treadmill which also became a pricey clothes rack & laundry hamper station, but I digress… πŸ™„πŸ™„).

2018 will be a year of ‘more doing and less hair twirling’ for me though so the DSLR has been exhumed and together we will be bonding over some photography courses this year. To help get me started, I’ve decided to do WP’s Photography Developing Your Eye 1 course rrrright now.

The 1st assignment is to get oriented with your camera (gulp!) and to take a photo representation ofΒ  what the word “home” brings to mind for you. Right away I think ~ hmmm, how fitting for someone who is all but home!

However, it didn’t take long for me to decide on a subject: our living room.


Okay, I do know that you’re supposed to take pictures with the light behind you, but that view just wasn’t as nice as these ones so …

I chose our living room because it’s one of my pet projects in my quest to making Batam work. I love this space because it is sunny and airy, and I want to build on this by turning it into something cozy and fun.


I still have a long way to go [because I get distracted] and have only managed to add everything else that’s not the black couch, the 2 black sofas and the square table. (Unfortunately, they come with the house so there’s nothing I can do about them). On a good day I’d put a few of my potted plants here and there but I was too lazy to get them for this shoot so you’ll just have to do with fluffy-huggable Anais and Mr. Piddles instead 🀭

So anyhoot, this space represents the concept of home for me. Familiar, pleasant, comfortable, fun.

(1 down, 9 more to go πŸ‘Š) πŸ€ͺ

21 thoughts on “It’s Time To Get Started On 2018”

  1. hey you, glad to see you’re doing well (for the most part, at any rate). Looks like your goal for your home is similar to my own lol (not sharing pics, it’s messy :-p). Been trying to make our place more home and less “roof over our heads”. It isn’t that easy, is it. Good luck to us both?

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    1. Hey there yourself, K 😘

      Nope, not easy but I do enjoy the process. I ask my eldest & husband for their ideas too, although I suspect they care more for the outcome than the process 😁

      Good luck! πŸ‘Š

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  2. So happy to see you back. I know you have been busy with a new little bundle of joy and family. Glad to hear all is well. Sorry about the hair loss. Hopefully it doesn’t last too long and your beautiful locks will back to normal. Your living room looks very comfy. And the lighting it awesome! And that doily is so beautiful.

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    1. I hope so too! Turns out there’s nothing you can do about it but get a haircut πŸ€ͺ Thanks so much for the compliments 😘


  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Better photography is a fantastic goal for the year! I haven’t touched my DSLR in almost a year either, darn smart phones are far too convenient! Good luck on your journey!

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  4. I’m a writer not a photographer, but I like looking at pictures! πŸ™‚ The one of your living room is great! Love the doily too – I’ve made a few of those in my life time. Like you, I’m working on doing more in 2018, more writing,more crocheting and more living! Great start and in the immortal words of Rob Scneider( paraphrased of course) “You can do it, Paardje!”

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