I haven’t photographed my home life in over three months.
Yes, that means that I missed my 3 year old’s birthday, and all of the holidays with my camera.
I just didn’t feel like bringing it out.
Do you ever go through peaks and valley’s with your passion?
I’m sure there is a parallel of my apathy and the side effects of living through the dead of winter.
But how to get the spark back?
I’ve been grateful for the brightness and inspiration that I’ve found this week in Davina Fear’s Familyness Photo Workshop. I hoped that by participating I might catch a bit of magic in my heart again to photograph our family story.
One thing that I have loved so far about the workshop, is how Davina describes looking for YOUR STORY.
It’s easy to go out and try to copy someone else’s story that you saw posted on a blog or Facebook. Just like it’s easy to believe that our life should look different than it does. Davina is teaching us how to see our own unique stories that happen in our homes everyday. And not just to SEE them, but to LOVE them, and to LIVE them through our photos.
For this week’s assignment I wanted to photograph one of our stories and use it to create a VIRTUAL THANK YOU CARD (pictured above).
Buzzy received some amazingly fun gifts for Christmas. I’m actually pretty terrible at sending handwritten thank you cards in the mail. Instead of beating myself up again this year for being a slacker, I decided to play to my strengths. I may not send a thank you card in the mail, but I could make a virtual card featuring Buzzy playing with his gifts and make an image look like a card!
We had fun.
We got great photos to say thanks with.
And most of all, I felt a spark.
And the camera is still out.
It’s time to climb again.
Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She loves squeaky cheese (cheese curds), a daily dose of solitude, and trips to the family farm 3 miles away.
Brooke teaches inspiring online photography classes that bring you confidence in your skills and creativity.
Oh my goodness, Brooke!! I’m in love with this! What a great idea and I’m, most of all, so happy that you’ve found that spark again! 🙂 You are amazing!
love it Brooke – so so happy for you 🙂
happiest of all that the camera is still out!!! i am looking forward to seeing what you do with it next xx
Missed you! Glad you recognized your strength instead of succumbing to guilt over your perceived weakness. 😉
Yay! So glad to see you back, and so happy to see joy speaking through your work
Peaks and valleys – it’s what life is all about. So glad that the light slipping into the valley is helping you climb the peak! 🙂
I understand needing to take a break from time to time, but please know that I always look forward to what you will do next! Keep shooting! You’re an inspiration! 🙂
Thank you so much Lindsey for your comment! I sometimes wonder if people really care to see pictures that are just of my son 🙂 I don’t want to be the annoying grandmotherly person that shows up on your doorstep with the photo album you feel forced to look through 🙂 I’ve got more coming down the pipeline! I’m delighted to know you enjoy them 🙂
Umm…you are hardly grandmotherly and I’d look at your photo albums even if you were. I love your work with your son. They are some of my favorites!!!
Thank you! Let’s just say I’ve felt the same way and I’m so grateful to read your post!
Oh my gosh Brooke! I LOVE that first photo of your son! HOW CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!