It’s easy to lose site of the things we love and enjoy, in the chaos of our daily lives. Today, I wanted to remind you of the simplicity of the world around you.
Just three years ago, I was a secondary teacher; working ridiculous hours a week, lacking the time to see friends and family and enjoy my life, and then my mom asked me a question which both haunted and freed me in one single day.
Could I see myself teaching for another 30 years?
My heart stopped with a shudder. NO! The single thought of teaching teenagers who didn’t want to learn for another 30 years filled me with dread and fear like nothing else before.
It took me a further two years to work out, what I wanted from my life and have the balls to go get it. At first, I thought maybe a nice office job, where you can just get on with it and enjoy life. But the office was not for me, too many people disrupting my process. So back to the drawing board I went. I knew I wanted the freedom to change my working environment with the seasons, to enjoy the beauty of nature all while still working with children. Their essence and innocence, warms my heart. It was this love of children and wanting to capture the beauty of childhood not only those around me but for my family as well, led to me launching my photography career.
It’s a sunny Wednesday, here and I’m sat in Starbucks (you really can’t beat a quiet, inspiring environment to lose yourself into a project.) enjoying the sunshine, watching people and being inspired by the beauty that surrounds me. This is one of my favourite places to work, with amazing caramel hot chocolate and huge glass windows that engulf the room with stunning soft light.
While I consider myself a professional photographer, I will always be a learner of photography first. I’ve always believed that you can learn more, no matter where you are in your journey. While i find capturing emotions and the character of a toddler second nature now, my food photography still has a lot of room for improvement.
For the next 4 weeks I’m going to take a daily photograph of the simpler things in my life, things that spark enjoy to me. A mini photography project to remind myself of why and how I fell in love with photography in the first place.
If you want to join in and/or track my progress on this project. Drop me your email below and receive both a mini guide on how to do your own mini project and my results as they come about.