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Creativity Flows When You Open Your Mind

Creativity flows when you open your mind and sometimes that happens unexpectedly. Recently after a busy day I stopped by the beach to take my dog Sasha for a walk on the sand. It was so beautiful out and I smiled as my mind quieted and my soul calmed to a peaceful place. The beach has always been my place of solace. Anyway, I had my cell phone with me and as I walked along the beach I began to notice natures beautiful sculptures in the sand which inspired me. So I pulled out my cell phone and started taking shots of these wonderful little treasures. I had only been doing this for less than 5 minutes when I found a heart rock which always brings me joy. (I have a tray of them at home) I took just a couple more shots and then focused on Sasha. I came home high on the beach, the sky and natures wonderful little sculptures which by means of my cell phone I brought home with me to share with you. It didn’t take a lot of time and I didn’t make a lot out of it, just shot what I saw.  So next time you are out whether it be to walk your dog or just spend some time being with yourself, remember creativity flows when you open your mind. Pull out your cell phone and see what beautiful and interesting things nature has left for you that day. Look up, look down, look all around, I know you will find something to amaze. If sketching or painting is your thing take those cell phone pics home and interpret them your way,  then,  I hope you will share with me, I would love to see how your creativity flowed when you opened your mind.

 

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My Photographic Roots (part 2)

As I was looking for a few photos to post  in the 2nd edition of My Photographic Roots I realized just how many great places there are in this beautiful country of ours. I think we are all tired at this point of our snarky politicians fighting on a daily basis so try this. Walk away from your TV and look outside. For those in the MidWest or East Coast it must be beautiful with all the snow falling and turning things into a winter wonderland. I know I know it will become messy but right now this moment it is beautiful, if you are lucky  you may even see a Cardinal sitting in the tree in your front yard. For those on the west coast we have high tides and warm weather as does Florida. Seagulls are flying over head and the sea lions are high on the rocks basking in the sunshine.   What does this have to do with my photographic roots you may ask? Well, plenty! When I decided Photography  was an avenue I wanted to pursue I borrowed a camera and learned how to use it. I learned how to choose exposures and while I always had a knack for composition I worked at improving it. I used that borrowed camera for my first field trip with an instructor to Canyon De Chelly which is in the northeast corner of Arizona. More about that in a future post.

Right now I want to talk about the beauty in our own back yards or neighborhood. I practiced in literally  my own backyard (Plumeria), in front of the library (Ca. Poppy), the local nursery (heart stake w/flowers) I went to the beach, the zoo and anywhere I could work on my skills.

Looking at family and pet photos I have taken you can probably see the influence from my nature photography days. I always tell my new clients that when I decided to shift my work to families and pets I knew I wanted to combine my love of nature with my love of families and pets. Any time and anywhere I aim my camera it always takes me back to my photographic roots!

If you have an interest in photography this is a great place to start. Just open your front door and start shooting!

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