This morning, I woke up at seven, on my own. Even without my glasses, I could see the light streaming in from my window. I staggered out of bed, grabbed my camera, and hopped back in. I snapped a couple of pictures, before snuggling down and falling asleep again.
Photography is a gift to people. It frames moments, turning them into memories to be cherished. It reveals beauty in places where you don't normally look. It brings light. It yields joy.
Lately I've been thinking about my style and my 'voice' in photography. For some time, I had pictures that I liked, and I was happy with them, but something kept nagging at me inside. I compared myself to other photographers, thinking things like, "Yeah, it's good, but not as good as her work... I wish my pictures looked like that..." so on, so forth. I would get so tired of trying.
I am constantly learning that it's totally okay that my pictures don't look like Hannah Nicole's, Carlotta's, Ellie Be's, Megan's, etc. They are all amazing photographers and I love their work, but if everyone did work like them, then there would be no Hannah or Megan, or whoever. I am learning to be content with my work, and to keep striving to take pictures that are meaningful, and that tell stories.
I want to start a photography business when I'm older. I think I've known it for a while. The way I feel when I take a great picture, when a brother or friend smiles while I snap... it makes me know that this is what I want to be doing for a long time. Every time I look at the work of other photographers, it makes me want to do it even more. I have my first paid session this month, and I'm SO excited. (I haven't launched my business yet... I offered to do senior portraits for a friend for free, and she said she would pay me. I was like, "Sure!")
I've prayed about it too, of course. I don't know where God will lead me in my lifetime, but I know this - it's going to amazing.
And with that, I should turn off my computer and think about going to bed... eventually.
Abbie /// XOXOX
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