We all have our own reasons for picking up our cameras. It can be to have a creative outlet. It can be to make pretty things. It can be to play scientist with the exposure triangle. But I think that it is safe to say that a common goal for us all is to document moments for our memories. Whether it be a beautiful place or a little face or a tiny snowflake seen through a 100mm macro lens, we all take pictures to freeze time for 1/100 second and keep those fleeting moments trapped forever in our photographs.

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However, there are few artists who create pictures that match the feeling of a memory. That hazy, soft, dreamy sense of reaching into one’s mind and bringing back the moments worth remembering. It is a special combination of composition, posing, light, and processing that creates this effect and it is not easy to replicate.

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Taryn Boyd of Blu Hippo Photography is the master of this style.

Her work, both personal and professional, captures the moments that don’t feel staged or forced, but rather feel like glimpses into a family’s collective memory. The way a mom hugs her little one, or a dad nuzzles his son, or the family dog peeks into the crib to check on the new baby – she finds the heart of a family and creates imagery that illustrates that heart in the most beautiful way.

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We all want to create meaningful photography. We all take pictures to freeze time and keep those fleeting moments trapped forever in our photographs.