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Here at Amish Heartland Magazine, we get a lot of questions and concerns about photographing the Amish. Many people have come to believe that it is against an Amish persons religion to have their photograph taken. This is indeed a myth. However, you will be most unlikely to find an Amish person willing to join in on a “selfie” while you tour Amish country.
In this edition of Amish Heartland, we will address the topic of photographing the Amish. A local photographer provided us with a column several years ago that serves as a great guide to photographing the Amish. We felt it was appropriate to share this piece with you all once again (or for the first time to some of our newer readers). Plus there are some great new Amish country photos to go along with it.
Not only does the article stress the importance of respect and privacy, it also provides great tips on how to capture the perfect shot. The Amish are human, and just like anyone else, they would not like a camera shoved in their face or people lingering around their homes for extended periods of time.
For the avid sewer or quilter in your family, a stop to Holmes Sew and Vac may be just what you need to stock up on supplies. See the latest in quilting and sewing technology and get some tips from the friendly staff on improving your next projects.
It may seem odd to sell both sewing machines and vacuums under the same roof but Holmes Sew and Vac has done it well. Not only do they sell machines, but they offer services on all makes and models and carry a wide range of parts for those who just need to make a quick fix on their own. Simply stop in for a cup of coffee and conversation at this family run business.
Looking for a quaint and cozy place to stay this month? Try out Zinck’s Family of Inns. If you’re not sure what all your trip to Amish country might include, you can plan a trip with the friendly staff of Zinck’s Inn. Their knowledge of the area will help you to make the most of your trip and ensure that you see the highlights that will make your trip memorable.
The flowers will be blooming in full in no time and the scenery of Amish country will make the perfect setting for you to practice some of your photography techniques. Be sure to get off the beaten path and see what the countryside has to offer. With a long, drawn-out winter, we can only hope for an even better and brighter spring season!