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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, JustInTimeTravels.com

Paris © Tracy Zhang, JustInTimeTravels.com

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

©AmiVitale

©AmiVitale

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

©Jamie Delaine-jamiedelaineblog.com

©Jamie Delaine-jamiedelaineblog.com

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?

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How do you cultivate an eye for photography? How do you change how you currently see the world and begin to pay attention to all of the details of life hidden in the everyday that you would otherwise miss? Like the ant carrying the corn chip that you almost stepped on or the ivy growing through the cracks of your neighbors fence? Simply slow down and you will begin to notice it. The small minute things of the world around you, that you wouldn’t have noticed even if your life depended on it, will begin to jump out at you and you’ll smile and marvel in it’s beauty. You’ll begin to smile more and to appreciate the “little” things in life and you’ll show just how grateful you are to others. Ok, that might be a stretch, but I’m sure you catch my drift!

When you slow down and really begin to take in your surroundings, you can’t help but think “How did I miss this all before?”.

 

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“There’s been a nostalgic feeling in the air lately and I don’t know why. It’s been very familiar and I welcome it with open arms. It reminds me of the spring seasons when I was growing up in Cincinnati. Everyday I reminisce about a memory from long ago and the things that I would do on a particular day. It’s been quite calming, soothing and joyous. I have found myself smiling more and being more grateful, thanking God for the little things that make up our everyday lives. The little details that our memories are made of certainly have a way of flooding back with just a single familiar smell or sound.”

This is a post that I started a few weeks ago at the stay of spring about how it caused me to begin feeling nostalgic.  I don’t often feel that way, but I was definitely reveling in those moments because they didn’t last long. My days were sprinkled with these moments and it reminded me that spring brings with it a newness of life, hopes and dreams. Every year, I look forward to spring the most.

Now that summer is officially here (at least here in Houston it feels like it’s been here for weeks), I’ve been doing my best to live more mindful and aware these days, today is all we have & I’ve been trying to make the most of it, to be more thankful and to appreciate my trials & what I feel are the negative things that are happening. These are the things we learn from & help us to grow in appreciation to the simpler and less complex moments of life…

 

Share what makes you feel nostalgic or brings back happy memories in the comment box below, I’d love to hear from you!

“Do the Work” by Stephen Pressfield, Art work: Cover by Vincent Van Gogh

“Do the work!”

How many times have we heard this phrase before? I’m sure more than a dozen, and not just from others, but we’ve probably told ourselves this as we’re trying to focus to get a project completed. Well, I just finished an e-book with this title by Stephen Pressfield. It was just what I needed. The premise of the book was to simply do the work. Don’t over think things, don’t stay get in your head, keep things simple, just simply get something down on paper to being and then go back to add the details.

I know all to well about trying to get every last detail right before feeling like I can begin a project, but my aim this year is to do the opposite and to begin when I have an idea and to work out the details along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still plan, but only enough to get a good starting foundation and to take action. When you allow yourself to get in your head and mull things over or think about all of the how’s and why’s about if something will or will not work, you’ve gone to far, at least in my experience. You’ll eventually find that one reason that frightens you just enough that you won’t take action. Action is required in order to do the work! Clearly!

The book talks about the biggest enemy of action – resistance. Whenever you have a great idea that you want to execute or start a new venture that you’re truly passionate about, you always come up against resistance. This resistance is to prove how badly you want to reach your desired goal. If you hang no long enough and slay the beast of resistance, you’ll reach your goal. It takes passion and a love for what you’re doing in order to keep going when you face resistance. If you don’t truly love what you’re doing and going after, you won’t make it for the long haul.

“The opposite of fear is love- love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at your dream and see if you can pull it off.”

Overall, I thought that it was a great book and offered little nuggets of information that can be helpful to those who tend to over-think to the point of no action. If you follow the advice of Stephen Pressfield in his book, I’m sure you’ll get past resistance every time!

What are you working on that requires you to overcome resistance?

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Fashion & Editorial Photography by Debra Ham for theBLVDmag.com

Fashion & Editorial Photography by Debra Ham

 

Now that the new year is here, I’ve been thinking about all of the things that I want to work on and modify. One of the main things that I want is to regain my focus on photography and to begin shooting more personal work that is fulfilling to me. Earlier this year I realized the great importance of creating personal projects as an artist. My 365 photo project taught me that!

A favorite photographer of mine is fashion photographer Lindsay Adler. I’ve been reading through her blog, as I often do, and I have found myself re-inspired to ignite the passion that I have for photography. I aspire to be a fashion photographer and she reminds me of the zeal and attitude that I had when I was starting out. I did lots of free work and personal shoots that helped to build my portfolio. So, I asked myself, if she can do it, why can’t I? And you know? I didn’t even want to come up with a reason why I couldn’t because if feels like I’ve been doing that for too long!

 

Fashion & Editorial Photography by Debra Ham for theBLVDmag.com

Fashion & Ediotrial Photography by Debra Ham

 

Another great photographer is Jamie Delaine. I enjoy her style of work, but what I enjoy most is her honest and carefree writing style along with her love for Christ! She has shown me that I can pursue my passion and still live for Christ and be able to express that on my blog. I’m sure there’s a fine line there between the two, but I don’t want to find it just yet. Our lives are all-encompassing and many areas often overlap. Jamie has approached her blog from this perspective in order to convey her true voice and personality and I greatly respect her for that! She has allowed her light to shine and I see that I don’t (necessarily) have to separate my life from my blog, even though that’s the “norm”. I don’t have to go with the norm and it’s quite all right!

As I embark on this journey, I hope to fuse the inspiration that I have received from these two young ladies with my own personal style and blaze my own trail! This year is looking pretty hopeful and I’m excited to see what awaits me!

What are you wanting to accomplish this year? Do share!

 

Happy 2012

So much transpired last year. Over the past few weeks, I have been taking an inventory of all of the goals that I had for myself this time last year and how many I actually accomplished in 2011. While it’s not as many as I’d hoped it would be, I still feel pretty good about the progress that I’ve made last year in pretty much all aspects of my life – mentally, spiritually, personally, physically and socially.

One of the goals that I had for myself last year was to blog more and clearly, that didn’t last too long, but I plan to make a more concerted effort in the coming year. I feel that with the shifting of some things in my personal life, I will have a greater focus on my career and business in the coming year and be able to throw myself into my work as I remember doing a few years ago without any worries or lack of focus. One of my long passions is writing, which is probably a little known fact about me, but I over analyze what to say and how it will be perceived rather than just enjoying the journey. I keep a journal and I want to be able to share more of myself with my readers so that you can have a truer sense of who I am. So, that will be a work in progress this year.

Another goal that I had at the beginning of the year was to complete a photo 365 project in which I took a photo a day and shared it. This quickly brought to my attention my dull daily routine and I began to lack the motivation to create an interesting photo. I stopped trying and didn’t care…I gave up. While I’m not proud of this, one good thing about beginning the project was that I gained some really great photos that are currently in my portfolio! Beginning this project helped me to realize the importance of doing personal work and projects and the value of personal work. Going into the new year I want to plan and execute more personal projects that reflect the type of work that I would like to have more of, so watch out because it’s going to be awesome!!!

Throughout the year I also crossed a few items off of my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, which I will update soon. This year, I don’t want to be over-zealous and begin to make plans and goals that I know will be unreasonable. I’m starting small, keeping things simple and going back to the basics. I think this simple approach will afford me many successes in 2012 and lots of great changes along the way. I hope to document the process to becoming better all around and sharing it with you in 2012. Stay tuned and let’s grow together!

What will be your focus in 2012?

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