Photojournalism is the main aspect of my photography that stays consistent no matter what type of session it is. This is what keeps me grounded in knowing my purpose in life. Story telling through images and writing is something I've been passionate about ever since I studied photography in college. No matter if it's connecting with nature's beauty or connecting with the people around me, I truly care about telling their story. It's easy to wake up and see all the bad surrounding us, but sharing the joy, love, and light can change your perspective on how you feel every day. Take a look through my blog entries to see how you feel through my art of storytelling.
October 14, 2019
If you saw my last blog, you see I am posting content from the same location. I was with a group full of amazing women this past weekend. We ran off into the fields at each winery to take a few photos 🙂
Today, I want to talk about self love, mental health, and photography. I know sometimes it can feel like no one knows what you’re going through when it comes to self love or your self image. There’s somedays I wake up and feel like I don’t even want to go in public because of the flaws I see in myself — what’s on the outside and on the inside. We all deal with these problems.
One of the things that lifts me up, is having my photo taken. I know that may sound silly or superficial, but hear me out. No matter if you like to get dolled up or slip on a teeshirt with no make up, going out with some of your friends, goofing off in a field, and laughing up a storm is fun! Then you get the photos back, and you see how happy you are. You may see your smile, and yourself in a different way than you did that day where you were feeling so bad about yourself.
It’s okay if it’s not for you, but if you ever feel yourself in the dumps, try it out.
If you’re reading this and you feel like you don’t have any friends and that’s why you feel bad — I have been there SO many times. I spent so many years feeling like I had no one who even understood me. It took such a long time to even find the courage to be myself.. then find people that didn’t make me feel bad about me being who I am. And it still happens some days. That is the biggest part of social anxiety that gets me every time. And we all have those things that hurt us more than others. If you’re reading this and you want a friend that isn’t going to judge you on what makes you you, hit me up anytime.
Things that do not define you: money, number of friends, weight, appearances, job, family, health problems, age, past, whether you are single/married, etc.
Things that do define you: how you love the people in your life, what makes you genuinely happy, the little things that make up who you are, how you pull yourself up when things get hard, how hard you have worked in life to accomplish something that you’re proud of, what you’re passionate about, etc.
Seeing yourself for who you are… I want you to practice coming up with three words that describe yourself or who you want to be. Say those to yourself when you are feeling down. Mine are… Strong. Caring. Beautiful.
Go out and conquer the world with your head held up high because you are a force to be reckoned with and don’t let anyone make you feel like you don’t have a right to be yourself.