When I first grew to love photography, it was a constant treasure hunt for beautiful moments + playful lighting…
I carried my film Nikon with me on walks in the woods, friend hang-out times, wide open fields, + into city life, too.
Having my camera within reach gave me the opportunity to dig deeper into any moment if I wanted to. It allowed me to pause time + really let my heart stare deeply into something I found beautiful, even if I didn’t exactly know why. Changing my perspective + angle while looking through the viewfinder made light appear to dance in different ways + it made me smile as I watched it play.
It was a season of constant discovery + the growth of a heart learning how to treasure fleeting moments.
Skip forward a handful of years, to today…
I am thankful for the discoveries that my camera + I have made over the years. Those small beginnings have opened up opportunity to shoot in different countries, often focusing on humanitarian work that I deeply believe in. I’ve been able to expose orphaned youth in Asia to photography + watch them fall in love with it like I have. And here in the States I have had been given so many opportunities to photograph amazing people + the lives they live.
I continue to love discovering, exploring, and learning. However my patience for sitting at a computer to edit + email + run a business has its limits. I enjoy working on images I love, but then I need some sunshine on my face right after. So due to deadlines, lately I have focused my time on photographs for my clients. I’m in a constant search for balance, I suppose.
Maybe you can relate to that.
I have realized, I don’t want to fall away from my first love of discovery with my camera. What drew me to have a camera near at all times was shooting things that interested me. Learning about nature, God, + myself by exploring with my Nikon brought invaluable life lessons.
So, I decided I need to date more.
*Ahem.* I need to date my camera more.
If I’m going to continue to love doing what I do as a portrait photographer, (which I still do by the way!), I need to get back to the roots of why I started this whole journey in the first place.
So recently I escaped to location where I shoot often (Longwood Gardens). Though this time instead of documenting for other people, I shot only for myself. I’ll be honest; I didn’t feel like I necessarily fit in with the other individuals who brought loads of gear there. And I’m not really drawn to well-manicured things all of the time; I like wildflowers, messy hair, + favorite t-shirts that are like faithful friends…
But exploring with no set of rules or exceptions was lovely.
I allowed myself to get back to my roots. Back to my love. Back to playing.
I hope you can do the same, with whatever things you are interested in and passionate about. Because friends, it’s so worth it…
Part II coming next…