This past fall I put my camera up on the shelf. I was struggling to understand my life and its circumstances. If there was ever a time I needed to dust off the camera and start snapping away, it was then. My outlook probably would have been different.
For me, when I look through the simple square frame on my camera body or on the back of my phone, I am able to see stories. I am able to see the good in myself, family and others simply by looking through that lens. I’m able to see stories happening in front of me without a camera as well, but often the camera gives me an unspoken permission and creative push to see more deeply into those visible in my viewfinder.
I’m ready to start working on my life list again, but I’m working hard at increasing my energy level – my physical energy as well as that spark from within that had nearly been extinguished. I want to move with an intentional slower pace at this stage – I want to savor the experiences, rather than frantically try to check things off a list.
This past month, I’ve been picking up my camera and my iphone and shooting. Between the endorphins of exercise and taking pictures, I feel that spark being rekindled. Oh, how I have missed that feeling.
I am taking a photography class, Visual Storytelling through The Define School. It is taught by Molly Flanagan, whose passion is taking real pictures inside of her home to tell her family’s story. She is incredibly gifted and I’m so glad I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in her class.
I spent the past couple of days looking back on the pictures that I have taken this past year that speak the most to me. Not surprisingly, these pictures tell a story. They are often not perfect images and most of these are taken with my cell phone.
This might sound silly, but I am a better person because of these pictures. These pictures can serve as a reset button when I’m having a tough moment. I can merely look at them, and I can get back into a positive frame of mind, almost instantaneously. That is why I have been working tirelessly the past month at printing pictures and surrounding myself and my family with these images all around our home. There is tremendous power in these images.
I believe that filling this creative part of my soul is as necessary to my life now as eating healthy food, exercising, spending time in prayer, and laughing within my home.
What passion do you have that needs to be rekindled? What simple step can you take today to move forward to bringing that talent, hobby, or skill back into your life?
If you are looking for more photography inspiration check out:
Capturing Your Kids Photography Series by Angie Warren over at Simple Mom
If you are on instagram follow these photographers who are great with showing stories through their images:
Blessings sweet friends,
I’m over on instagram here probably posting 2 to 3 pictures a day. I really love the Instagram community and it is hands down my favorite social media outlet.Tweet