Because once upon a time my Grandfather showed me how it’s done, how to hold that camera, look at the subject, squeeze the shutter, and then keep doing it until the photos get better. I am so grateful for this.
Because I really like to.
But there is more. I take photos….
To capture those moments of joy and wonder on the faces of those I love, the precious smiles of babies, the laughter and giggles of the child in all of us. My Dad was able to hold his great-grandchild for the first time last weekend, and this precious baby fell asleep on his lap. I was able to capture that moment, and the look of utter joy on my Dad’s face.
I really like to capture Life as it happens…spontaneous, unrehearsed, and real.
I take photos…
To be a witness to the power of nature. To record the ever evolving world of beauty all around me, starting in my own home, my own back yard. And then to share what I have learned in that moment, whatever lessons have come.
Why do I take photos? Because that petal of that flower, the vein in that leaf reminds me that there is something bigger than us out there caring for us all.
What motivates me as a photographer?
My own internal motivation is inspired by the Light, how it pours over everything, or creates shadows, or how it reflects. Nature brings me new insights through my lens every time I find myself outdoors with my camera. That makes me want to just keep on taking more photos.
External motivations for me have recently come from the online community, through the courses with Big Picture Classes, through my limited participation in a Flickr Group, through the blogging world, and from supportive comments from friends and fellow bloggers. I see examples of other women photographers that leave me in awe, and then I start to think how I can do that, too.
This post is created as part of my lesson in Kat Sloma’s “Find Your Eye Course”.