All I Need is a Window | by Jenny Rosenbring

When I started photographing three years ago, I barely bothered to pick up my camera when I was at
home. I felt that our house, although new and quite airy with lots of windows had no interesting light
at all. Its taken me a long time to realize that there definitely is good light to be found, you just have
to look closer.

We have a spare room that we use for hanging out. We keep a TV there, a Playstation and a comfy
couch. We have a table for board games and a lot of toys for the kids. As a family we spend a lot of
time here. I love sitting in the couch because I have a view of the street and I can see the kids when
they play. Maybe that is how I discovered how awesome this window is for photography. It helps me
create photos of moments I never want to forget. My son, super-tanned after the warmest summer
we have had in ages. He looks so tiny against that couch and the wall. And so focused on his Ipad…

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Its a south facing window and my husband often pulls down the blinds – to my dismay – because that
sunlight on a winter morning is just to die for. I have a thing for backlight and this window never
disappoints. I am basically camping out here all winter. All summer this window was useless for
backlighting, the sun never came this low. But now when the sun barely rises -totally works. And no
we don't clean our windows very often… I am embracing the texture it adds…

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I use this window for creative shots too. My daughter and I had been raking up all the leaves in our
yard and I loved the colors, begged her to model and she said yes! (sometimes I have to pay her to
model). I love how the light embraces her face. Every time I want portraits of my kids I stick them
under this window.

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My daughter has mastered the art of twirling to perfection – at least that is what her mama thinks -
and this is how I will always remember her younger years. In a dress, dancing, feeling all pretty. I
know those days will soon be gone, her cellphone and friends are taking over. This is the first time I
have taken a photograph of our hallway from this angle. I took a step to the side and loved what I
saw. I am still finding new ways to use this window. So never stop looking for light.

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At the end of the day, home is where we spend most of our free time. My home is very important to
me, I am so attached to these walls and floors and windows. This is where our life is happening and I
have to make it work for catching important moments. And all I need is one good window.

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