Spring this year has been blowing my mind. Flowers and colors have been more amazing this year than any year I can remember. I feel like this spring is a new start, for some reason this spring feels more like the “new year” to me. And I’m excited to breathe deep and let it inspire me, because I feel like I’ve been missing it lately.
Inspiration comes from living life with a camera in your hands. Or whatever your personal form of expression is. Allow yourself to be inspired. Give yourself the tools necessary to be inspired. Give yourself the blank canvas everyday, and let every single moment be one of fascination. And some days you might walk by the canvas, look at it for awhile, and move on with your busy day. But other days, you will stop, take a long deep breath, and create.
I stumbled upon that basic idea while cruising other photographer’s blogs for inspiration (specifically from Roger Ellsworth of EPlove – check them out if you want to share some visual inspiration as well) and in my life at this moment, I’ve coupled it with “What others think of you is none of your business” and I think I have my motto for the summer.
Yes, I am a photographer. I take pictures for a living. But I often leave my camera at home when I go on adventures (hikes, baseball games, dinner with friends) because I don’t want to be “that girl” with the camera. Which is frankly downright preposterous. I have a great camera, which I really do know how to use, and I love to take pictures. Why on earth would I worry what anyone else is concerned about?
So from now on I will shoot more of my daily life. I will let every moment inspire me. I will shoot more film, more digital, and more mundane turned fascinating. And I will share some of that with you lovely folks. I can’t wait.
And to continue on my trend of living a little more “out in the open” – here are some pictures of me. (eek!) Taken by one of my brides of 2013, the very lovely Ellie of Sun and Sparrow Photography. She obviously is a gifted photographer because I am seriously awkward/afraid/uncomfortable on the other side of the lens. She made me lay in the grass, opened me up, and created some images I actually like. Thank you for being amazing Ellie!
This year I will be a dreamer.