I came across a post on the “A Maverick Madness” blog about how everything is a remix. Nothing is original and it’s all been done before by someone else.  I was reminded of a post that I wanted to write about the same thing, only I first came up with the idea after seeing Chase Jarvis’s post on “How to Steal Like an Artist” based on the book “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. See how inspiration and remixing works?! We see something that inspires us and we in turn take that “idea”, add to it or subtract from it to make it our own. It’s the way of the world.  According to the Bible “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”  See, we have permission to re-create what is already here to create new, better, and brighter ideas!

Here’s a video on the Elements of Creativity when “remixing”! It explains everything!

What are your thoughts on remixing and originality?

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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!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted last and I’m hoping to get to a regular posting schedule during the summer while my nephew is away.  I have been getting used to being a “mother” to a teenager and it’s been keeping me pretty busy, to say the least. So, I hope that this fun list makes up for the time that I’ve taken away from the blog these last few weeks.

In honor of my 30th birthday tomorrow (June 2) and to welcome the coming hot summer, that seems to already be here in Houston, I’m going to share with you 30 things that I have yet to share on the blog about myself. I was inspired by Amy Clover’s post on her blog “Strong Inside Out” of her 27 things she’s hadn’t yet revealed on her blog. I thought that it was a nice way to add more personality to the blog and to give you a chance to get to know a bit more about me.

  1. I love breakfast food any time of the day.
  2. I love spontaneous outings and I’m always up for an adventure.
  3. I love herbal green tea and flavored teas.
  4. I came close to death while scuba diving for the first time in Cozumel, Mexico.
  5. As a kid, I wanted to be a computer animator, but didn’t really enjoy drawing.
  6. People that I meet think that I’m (way) younger than I am.
  7. I try to read the bible daily.
  8. I enjoy baking new desserts.
  9. I’ve never been to New York City.
  10. My newest hobby is knitting.
  11. I love to roller skate.
  12. My husband says that I ask too many questions.
  13. I have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and hope to travel the world (someday soon).
  14. I lived in Kansas City, MO for 6 months.
  15. Two of my favorite movies are “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “A Walk to Remember”.
  16. I observe the seventh day sabbath.
  17. I can see my purpose unfolding daily.
  18. I’ve discovered my immense joy of reading within the passed few years.
  19. I got married when I was 21 and I’ve been married for 8 years.
  20. I’ve lived in 3 different cities in a 2 year time span.
  21. I’m a runner at heart and try to run as much as I can.
  22. I love to sing (and I have a pretty decent singing voice).
  23. I love Italy although I’ve never visited.
  24. I attended a performing arts school from the 4th-12th grade and studied art for 8 years.
  25. Sweet crepes and ice cream are my favorite desserts.
  26. I studied computer engineering for 2 years in college.
  27. My favorite color is blue and I love bright colors!
  28. I’ve had a paper route as an adult.
  29. I would like to have a book of my work published.
  30. My guilty pleasure is watching America’s Next Top Model.

There you have it! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list and getting to know more about me. I’d love to learn more about my readers also!

Introduce yourself: write 5 things you’ve never told me in the comments below!

“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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I’ve always wondered what it would be like to get married on the beach. Since it’s actually too late for me to find out, being that I’m already married to a pretty amazing guy, I did the next best thing- photographing a beach wedding! This wedding was shot in August of last year, but I didn’t get the opportunity to share it with you, so I’m sharing it now!

Although we were battling above average temperatures (triple digits), that didn’t stop Sheri & Steve from pledging their loving commitment to one another! This morning wedding was on Galveston island and the day was just perfect! The weather cooperated nicely and there was a magnificent breeze that kept us cool all day long. I was able to be there early enough to capture the gorgeous sunrise…!

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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?

Have you ever gone through a phase where things are slow and then all of a sudden it seems like a whirlwind of activity comes passing through? Well, that’s how I’ve felt and because of it I have been neglecting the blog. How rude?! I know, but c’est la vie (that’s life)!

My husband and I have been going through some changes, nothing drastic, per se, well, I take that back. It is pretty drastic to go from childless to raising a full- grown teen, but, without going into all of the details, I am now a “mom”. It’s been quite an adjustment, but overall I can’t complain.

Back to the topic at hand. Today, in particular, I was inspired by this post by fellow photographer Christine Tremoulet. I always seem to go through these periods where my inspiration appears to have gone on hiatus (which kinda causes me to do the same) and then it returns. But, I know that I’m not alone. I’m plugging away at life doing the best that I can with all the blessings that I have been given.

Like Christine, I always contemplate business topics (but I won’t be starting a blog about it anytime soon!), but all of my mulling really just drags me down.  It definitely has its pros and cons, but the biggest test to navigating this comes when I can’t shake feeling like a failure.  I know quite truly that I am not. I’m human.

I always say to myself that anything worth having is going to be a challenge to get and I have to remain strong if I want to get it. But, sometimes it feels like I’m making things more difficult than they really have to be. This is something that I am constantly working on and will continue to work on for the rest of my life. I thank Christine for her quote (see below) and words of wisdom that she always shares through her various blogs. Every now and then it helps to hear (or read) encouraging words and know that I’m not alone on this journey!

Debra Ham Photography, Houston & Pearland, TX Portrait Lifestyle Photographer

“Put it out there. Don’t be afraid to do it. Find out what they think.

It isn’t failure. It is growing. You’re just not used to looking at it that way.”

-Christine Tremolet

As a photographer, I feel that it is extremely important to always be in a state of learning. One great way to learn new things is to assist others photographers. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to assist a friend & fellow photographer, Kris Fulk, on a senior styled portrait session. Assisting is great because it allows me to keep my skills fresh and see how others carry out their vision for a shoot.

We ventured out into the sweltering record- breaking heat to Old Spring Towne. We were able to capture some fabulous images of Amy! In between our breaks form the heat I was able to snap a few photos of my own.
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