My earliest memory of loving time in nature stems back to when I was about 10 years old. My mom had a small kitchen garden in our backyard where she planted long flowing rows of tomatoes, green beans, and peppers. I remember the sheer joy of helping tend her garden and going out daily in summer to pick beautifully ripened tomatoes. Working outside in the garden never felt like a chore to me. My mom’s garden made me feel calm when the atmosphere inside the house felt tense. I didn’t realize it then, but our garden was my sanctuary. The warm sun, the rich black soil and the very active rabbits welcomed my presence and made me feel at home. I come from a long legacy of sharecroppers, farmers, and gardeners who have lived with their hands in the dirt for decades. So even at this very young age, I was simply embracing deep roots that grew naturally for me.
I have tended a garden of my own for many years, amassing several raised beds, containers and even a hobby greenhouse (a Mother’s Day present from my hubby). It wasn’t until much later, when I started taking photos to capture the beauty and wonder of life in my garden, that I discovered my passion for mindful photography. Once I reflected on my gardening habits, I realized my garden design and the plants I choose to grow are driven my desire to photograph them. As an adult, my garden had again become my sanctuary through photography. Light bulb moment!
I take photos almost daily and it is this ritual that teaches me to see things in nature that I would normally ignore. Photography is a self-care practice that slows me down and helps me be more mindful. I savor the peace and zen I experience in the quiet, intentional moments when I am behind the lens. Through this blog and my workshops, I hope you are inspired to explore mindful photography as part of your self-care routine. It’s simple and accessible to anyone. Just slow down, pick up your camera (DSLR or phone) and allow your focus on the present moment make you whole again.
~ peace & zen,