Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Why do I blog?

I love when a challenge like this one is presented. It makes me stop and ask myself why I do what I do. It helps me find my center and regain focus. I don’t ever want to just go through the motions with my writing and photography. I want it to refresh and inspire. I want it to resonate deep down and wake up imagination and creativity. I want it to rouse adventure and passion.

When I began looking through the lens the entire world changed. Nature seemed to announce itself in a way I had never noticed before. And I cannot go back to the way I was before. Nor do I want to. I am forever changed and beauty has taken on a whole new meaning. One for which I have yet to find the words. I’m not sure they exist yet. I blog because I see life in a way that makes me want to live it to the fullest.

I find myself behind the camera far more than in front of the camera these days and I like it that way. For the attention hog I present myself to be, I’m just as insecure as the next person and frequently hear my inner monster saying, “Please like me…even if I don’t like you.” (Crazy, I know.) When it comes to pictures of myself, forget about it. I just have to let it go or I would never post a pic.

Let’s get to the main part of the challenge…the picture.
In the past and even now, when I know someone is taking a picture of me I attempt to put on my best face. (Please tell me that’s normal). The other day my 14-year-old daughter was on location with me for a photo shoot and she snapped the picture below with her cell phone.
She emailed it to me shortly after with one sentence “Here is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen doing what she loves best.” The fact that my daughter would say that about me is the best compliment anyone could ever give me. I wasn’t wearing make-up or posing. I didn’t have fancy clothes or nice jewelry. Heck, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t had a shower yet that day. I was standing in a smelly bog shooting up into a spectacular tree with 3 beautiful faced darlings smiling back at me. There were no color corrections or nips and tucks. It just is…exactly like the moment was.

One of the reasons I will cherish this picture is because Bella recognized beauty in living out one’s passion. She saw the opportunity to capture it. She sees it. She gets it. Now hopefully she will live it.

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