To give you a chance at getting to know me better, I have been brainstorming ideas for a few new series. My style and taste trickles over into my photography, so I thought it only fair to share with you a little bit of what I am obsessing over right now. That way you can ogle and “ah” along with me! While this may not be everything I have in my literal handbag at any given time, it’s a compilation of a few items and ideas I’m currently keeping close at hand. And every so often, when I land on a new or noteworthy trinket, I’ll be sure and update you on what’s made it’s way into my bag.
Let’s hit the books. There are four pictured, and I love efficiency, so I just want to knock ’em out of the park. The sparkly, gold polka-dot spiral bound notebook is my journal. It’s one of many because I love to write. I have always been the one in my group of friends who documented each occasion meticulously. I love savoring things and not just memories but food, too, and people and feelings. Writing things down and, often, taking pictures to accompany my writings is cathartic and, to me, life-giving. Once you get what’s in your head down on paper, you’d be surprised what that does for your heart. You can organize and reflect which are two super important processes. Journals can be a great reminder of how much you have been blessed, how far you’ve come, and also a help to keep you on track with the dreams you have for your future.
There is also nothing that can spark my creativity like photographs taken by other people. I like to keep various magazines and also other photog’s blogs close at hand on days I need a little extra kick of inspiration. Seeing poses from different perspectives, getting a peek into new styles, and observing, first-hand, someone else’s work can be so mentally stimulating! Ever tried to solve a problem but couldn’t get past seeing it a certain way to figure out the trick? That happens with photographers too! It’s easy to find yourself getting comfortable with what you already know in any field. Browsing new ideas not only keeps your business but you, as a brand, thriving and just bubbling over with great ideas!
The pink, smaller photo album is where I keep my cute, little instant photos. I recently purchased a Fujifilm Instax Mini while I had sent off my DSLR for a repair. It’s crazy how bare you can feel after toting something around for so long and then not being able to have constant access to it for a while! Well, I was waiting for it to return and got a little impatient. I loved polaroids as a little girl, and I’ve been wanting to try this new spin off the old classic. It’s been incredibly fun, and going back to a simpler camera has taught me about the importance of perfecting a shot and being choosy with what I capture. Once you click the shutter, there is no way to edit the image. Film is way more precious, and you spend more time thinking through details. It’s also worth noting I’m not super good with the camera. 🙂 I have tried to make it do what my digital can, and I’ve wasted a couple shots that turn out blurry or overexposed. It’s like it’s telling me, “Look for the big picture. Focus on simplicity.” And it’s actually proven to be a pretty good teacher.
Speaking of summer colors, I have also fallen for my little friend, the succulent, which flaunts the most flawless color that has me swooning. This variety is called Harry Butterfield, and it was love at first sight when I picked him and his buddies up at Lowe’s. I have planted these guys in pots around my room, and they just make my day a whole lot brighter!
Until then, stay sweet, friends! You’re doing great things.
August 10, 2015