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  • Rekindling a passion – photography

    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:

    You Are My Wild

    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:

    molly_flanagan

    deannamccasland

    zellerbecky

    kristinrogers

    underthesycamore

    Enjoy!

    Blessings sweet friends,
    Jenny

    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.


    10 Comments

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    Amy

    Thank you Jenny for blogging this! It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I kinda am in a picture taking funk. I take thousands of pictures every year, but I have noticed it’s not sparking my interest as it usually does. I think I am so overwhelmed at the amount of pictures I have to “catch up on” in my scrapbooks that it is making me frustrated. I feel like I am missing out on photo-ops. I will push through this…photography is one of my most rewarding hobbies. Blessings to you!
    PS…I LOVE INSTAGRAM! It truely does inspire me!

    9 April 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Amy – you will probably never be caught up and that’s ok. But I’ve been there and I get the desire to want to be. Project Life has helped, but life just happens and gets in the way. Just roll with it.
      And yes, Instagram is candy for my eyes and continues to boost my creativity.

      9 April 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply
    Maureen

    I am so, so glad you are back! I missed your enthusiasm, your spark for life, and the way you always seem to write about topics dear to my heart! I am a picture taker too (in fact I get a little freaked out if I don’t have a picture of an event!) and finally put together a Project Life album last year because of you! I love the fact that I am documenting the every day for my kiddos and myself (and my hubby has even looked at a few! :) Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us and for being so open with your life! Love your blog! :)

    9 April 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Maureen – you are unbelievably kind. I’m so glad you are seeing the rewards of Project Life. That Becky Higgins was a genius coming up with such a simple solution.
      Thankful to you and everyone for sticking with me during my dry and quiet spell. Blessings!-J

      9 April 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply
    Mikki

    I am so happy that you’re back and blogging again. I truly love your blog and reading your thoughts. You are definitely an inspiration.

    After much pondering and pushing aside excuses, I purchased a Groupon for horseback riding lessons in hopes of knocking “learn to equestrian jump” off my life list.

    9 April 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      This. Is. Awesome. Oh my word, I about squealed when I saw your comment.
      The thought of equestrian jumping makes me smile from ear to ear. Wish I could join you on your adventure. Would love to see a picture of when you do and then will put it on the facebook page to encourage others!
      You are doing it – living life fully. And there just isn’t anything better in my book. Blessings Mikki – J

      9 April 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply
    Nicky from Okotoks

    Happy to see you back. Have started getting back into photography this year – such a great love of mine. The last few have had some trials within them, but I count our blessings every day and keep moving forward. We have to be thankful for the gifts we are given. I have just finished taking Karen Russell’s Snapshots of a goodlife class and it has rekindled by photography love again. It is feeding my soul and just what the doctor ordered. Lucky to have taken it. She is amazing!!!

    9 April 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      That Karen Russell is such a class act. I took her class and that is what made me start shooting in manual. I am actually going back and printing out the lessons to refresh my memory on some of the focus/white balance lessons.
      I want to audit her next session to get the benefit of Erin’s Clean Color as well – another classy lady.
      Glad we are both moving forward and with our cameras! Blessings Nicky – J

      9 April 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply
    ChrisyC

    Couldn’t agree more Jenny. We’re going through a really difficult time in our family at the moment, and taking photos, capturing everyday moments and doing my Project Life pages….is the best therapy around. The trick for me has been making myself do it, and prioritising the time for it….even when l don’t want to. The chance to see things through your photos, through your camera is a gift.

    9 April 2013 at 9:45 pm Reply
    Michelle Bostinelos

    I love following you on instagram! You have the best pictures! I feel the same way about pictures. I can’t stop taking them, an they mean so much for me. Especially ones of my family.

    12 April 2013 at 3:41 am Reply

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