Using Photography to Say Thank You

When I made the decision to make 2011 a year of sabbatical from my photography business, I knew I needed a way to still actively shoot photography in a way that would help me grow…(thus making it a true sabbatical and not just a fancy word for taking a break).

I defined 4 reasons for me to shoot:

1.  I shoot for myself.  All those little personal projects I always thought would be fun to try?  I’m making them happen.

2.  I shoot for my students.  Many of my shoots this year have been educational shoots.  I bring along my rock’in awesome assistant(s) to film the session while I instruct and have valuable video footage to use in my current classes as well as some super awesome classes under development.  Combining my love of teaching with photography at the same time, has been amazingly fulfilling.

3.  I shoot as an excuse to see my family and friends.  Part of the problem with 2010 was my utter burn-out on photography and my lack of desire to shoot my own life and my lack of time to see the people that matter most.  This year I’ve planned several shoots with family and friends just so I could see them and spend time with them.  And have a bucket load of fun :)

4.  I shoot to say “Thank You”.  Discovering Beloved has proved to be the ultimate way for me to express gratitude to people who have made an impact on my life.  Remember my “Most Influential Teacher in My Life” that I talk about in my video?  This is that wonderful man!  I love both of these incredible people with my entire heart and owe so much of who I am to their influence.  And even though my intention was to give back, I still walked away having been served.  Thats one of the most beautiful parts of beloved.


Married 37 Beloved Years




Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah.  She prefers real things over fake things. That includes real butter, real flowers, a real acoustic piano, and real conversation.

Brooke teaches inspiring online photography classes that bring you confidence in your skills and creativity.

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