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Inspiration. It comes in many forms and from various places. Like many photographers, I visit the sites and blogs of other photographers to get inspirations or just to get a pick-me-up. We all have our days when we aren’t or don’t feel as creative as we would like to be. When I feel this way, I visit one of these 3 blogs to read of their latest adventure or to see a recent photo session or to simply see their beautiful images. The 3 blogs are all different and focus on different photography niches. The reasons vary as to why I find them so inspiring, but I hope that you’ll be able to see why.

1. Just-In-Time Travels

Paris © Tracy Zhang,

Paris © Tracy Zhang,

My husband and I have moved a lot over the past several years. Each region and state offers a demographic that is different from where we lived before we move. This allows me to explore an area of photography that I haven’t focused on before. Since moving to Louisiana, I’m still trying to figure out the best route for me with my photography. More and more I gravitate to travel photography because I have always dreamed of traveling since I was young and what better way to travel and to get paid for it?!!! Granted, this would be a big step and huge endeavor, but I’m ready to do big things this year! I must admit that I’m still dragging my feet a bit and trying to figure out all of the details of how to begin, but I assure you that answers will come soon! I keep feeling the push that I am here to do something bigger and now is the time to act! I don’t know what that will look like or how it will come to me, but I am ready.

What I enjoy most about Tracy is her willingness to go after what she wanted. She began traveling after she “discovered her passion for photographing the world.” Tracy’s love for travel comes across in her beautiful images and her great stories!

2. Ami Vitale



I am inspired by Ami’s cultural photography because she goes beyond the traditional story to share the stories of others who may never have a voice to be able to tell it themselves. Being a cultural or humanitarian photographer would allow me to find the hidden beauty lies within the people, cultures, traditions and landscapes of others across the globe while bringing awareness to their plight with dignity. I believe that by sharing the stories of those who have yet to have a voice can make the world a smaller place and we can all see how truly connected and close we really are!

3. Jamie Delaine



What I love most about Jamie is her genuinely authentic voice and writing style, her great photography (of course), and the fact that she’s not afraid to share her faith and love for God. She is fitly transparent in her writing, meaning, she shares just enough without sharing too much (although she wants to at times).

Who or what inspires you?

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

As 2012 came to a close, what I was most looking forward to was exploring the cities and towns surrounding our new home here in Louisiana, namely New Orleans. We planned a trip to NOLA to ring in the new year and to explore the rich history there. Waking early to get on the road afforded us the opportunity to see the sun rise and enjoy the morning’s beautiful changing light.

The scenery and imagery (post to come soon) was very inspiring and brought to mind many thoughts about what I would like to accomplish in this year as the sound track playing takes me back to my teenage years and all of the hopeful aspirations that I once held for myself. Even amidst the setting for wonderful creativity, I couldn’t help but meditate on the fact the God has blessed us with so much within the last year. I kept trying to go one way in my train of thought, but my mind returned to how rich I am! Not necessarily in money, but in love and in meaningful relationships and friendships.

Each place that we travel to, we never leave without friends that undoubtedly become part of our growing family. To me, this speaks volumes to the type of people that we are and our character. At first glance, it may not seem like much, but once you dive deeper, it’s something that can’t be bought.

Speaking of blessing, one of my blessings as well as a goal that I had for myself last year was to not be “in my head” so much. You know, over thinking and dissecting every little thing and being such a perfectionist? For me, it had been really difficult not to read more into everything and think about it until nothing was left, but I am very pleased that I was able to stick to this goal.  The result?

Less stress!

This year I want to continue on this path of not being “in my head”, but add to that finishing what I start.

I have several other goals for myself this year, like to travel more (more to come on that) and to be more consistent in my blogging, but these are the main two that I want to focus on.

Here’s to a new year filled with much travel and new relationships! Happy 2013!

What are you looking forward to most in 2013?

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