Learning to shoot with my heart and not my head has totally transformed my experience with photography. When I was laser focused on tools and techniques, I struggled to find my style and spent most of my time frustrated. Once I silenced the critic in my head and gave the power to my heart, my awareness expanded, and I began to connect with a beautiful, freeing practice that allowed my creativity to flourish. Shooting from a place of love breathed new life into my art and gave my ideas space to grow.
Here are my thoughts on a heart-based flow:
ground yourself in the space
Grounding simply means taking time to center and orient yourself. When I first arrive in a space with my camera, I like to take a few deep, slow breaths to calm my mind and affirm where I am. It only takes a minute or two, and the meditative practice brings my full attention to the scene.
follow your instincts
Ever felt the impulse to pull out your camera and take a picture, but for whatever reason, you decided to ignore the urge? That was your instinct trying to tell you something. As often as possible, stop and answer the call. Some of my best photographic experiences have occurred when I followed my instinct.
let the subject find you
Silence your mind and open your heart. Walk mindfully, with camera in hand, fully attuned to your senses. What catches your eye? What do you smell? You’ll know when you have found your subject because you’ll feel drawn to it. Raise your camera and shoot from your heart, not your head. Ignore the rules. Don’t worry about what will get you the most likes. Connect with the subject that has found you and shoot.
peace and zen,