I'm a mother, monster-chaser, superhero, wife, cook, artist, and photographer just to name a few. Everyday things/issues have the potential to spell disaster and ruin a sunshiney day. We have but to appreciate the things around us that we have no control over to really see the world. We need not travel the far corners of the earth to see beauty. An unexpected smile from your child while she plays in the morning sun on a summer day, the way the sunlight absorbs into her skin making her radiant can make the world and all of the ugly things disappear. The way a flower can open it's bloom overnight, or those darn dandelions pop up out of nowhere give us photographers something to do. And that is, to capture life in a single frame. Ours might be the most daunting task in the world of mediocrity: to give life to a photograph, to tell a story in color (sometimes in black and white or sepia), and to bring emotion to the surface of fade-proof paper. Seeing the world through the lens has been an emotional journey for me. It started many years ago, but didn't impact me until almost a year ago from this very date. It has been my therapy, my escape, my dream, my goal and my passion. A photograph can do many things for a person; heal old wounds, remind us we are not eternal, capture your soul and bring you peace all at the same time. Everyone who has ever taken the photo of a lifetime can honestly say they had their breath taken away. For me those little moments are the ones that I find myself saying, "Holy sh*t. I did that?!? I did that. Hmm. Time to try and do better." Keep pushing yourself to do more, be more and learn more. Good luck to everyone on their endeavors, I just wanted to share this thought with you all. :)
Photo credits: Bri Williamson.