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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

For the love of imagery: Capture the first light


| Written by Ronnie |

There is something inexplicably magical about the first light of the day. 

It is soft, and it is alluring.

It is poignant, and it is moody.

It has the power to keep you spellbound.

And it has the ability to transform your imagery, if you let it.

My guess is that most of us are early risers.

Whether it's to heed the call of a little one or to get ready for work or college, many of us are probably up and at it before the seventh or eighth hour of the day. 

However, how many of us actually stop to get out our cameras to document that hour of the day?

Amidst the chaos of getting children dressed, beds made, teeth brushed, milk poured, bags packed, and everyone fed, there is hardly any time left over for a morning cup of coffee, much less the luxury of pausing and capturing that magical morning light.

And yet the few times that I've managed to do it, the imagery that's resulted has been utterly worth it.

If you're keen to try doing the same, you could start by snapping a handful of photos on a Saturday morning, if weekdays are too difficult. Or perhaps you could aim to just capture one frame every morning for a week.

It's simply a matter of doing what works for you.

And remember - you don't necessarily have to get out your big DSLR. If your smartphone is the camera that you have on you at the time, then that will absolutely suffice. (In fact, two of the three images above were taken on my iPhone.)

So friends, let us take more notice of the first light of the day. 

Let us embrace its beauty.

Give it the attention it deserves.

And make some magic with it.

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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