I often ponder what I should do with my photography. Should I sell prints, make greeting cards, or shoot freelance? With all the time, money and energy I invest into photography, shooting just for myself sometimes doesn’t seem like enough. But the truth is, it is enough. I am enough. No one and nothing is more worthy of the peace and light that grows from my love of nature photography than me. So instead of worrying about what to do with my photography, I am going to be with my photography. Let me explain.
Photography creates a way to slow down when the world around me is spiraling at warp speed. I wake up already behind on the things I need and want to get done for the day. Yesterday’s emails are already old news. Fresh produce picked for yesterday’s dinner is still on the counter. Worry about tomorrow is dancing in my head today. It’s overwhelming.
One of my goals for this year is to become more zen. To be able to tap into a mindful moment during the day, as often as needed, to keep calm and grounded so I can respond to life proactively instead of reactively. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Maya Angelou is “When people show you who they are, believe them.” By embracing photography through the lens of mindfulness and self-care, I am consciously creating the person I want to be. Shooting each day and connecting with nature, if only for ten minutes, changes the way I think, the way I see, and the way I show up in the world. I created zen behind the lens™ as a personal photography project to help me cultivate habits of stillness, peace and awareness. What started as a simple project has now transformed into a daily photography practice that is both creative and meditative. zen behind the lens™ has resonated with lots of women and I want to inspire many more, so I am expanding it into a #100dayproject, creative women’s workshop and book series.
If my photography practice inspires other women to believe they are more than enough, to believe they can cultivate peace by being and not doing and to believe their creative passions are a important form of self-care – then I have let this little light of mine shine beyond my own lens.
In ways has photography (or other creative pursuit) helped you learn to be present with yourself and your environment? Leave a comment below!