Breaking My Own Photography Barriers

My mind’s eye never stops “composing” shots. It’s incessant.

 It’s something I’ve done since I picked up a camera and made it my own when I was 13 years old. Back then, I took more social shots of friends and classmates. I would catch them unaware or make people pose into fun shots. It made me so happy to print them out and share with anyone who was in the shots. 

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In high school, I was introduced to journalism, received basic photography training, and it was off to the races. With just a wee bit of training, everywhere I looked I saw potential photos. As the years go by, it’s pretty much all I see when I am out and about. As the sun goes down, I ooh and aww over the colors and my poor husband has to say “Yes, honey. Nice (insert thing I oohed over here)”. 

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Having an iPhone has really changed my photography and put the fun back into making creative photos on the fly. It’s removed the barriers between the beauty I see in front of me and sharing it with my creative touch added. 

I used to hesitate and not make the pictures super colorful or add layers of textures and light leaks. Now I tell myself “Screw it. Do whatever you want”. And you know what’s happened? The more authentic I’ve been with my creative touch on my photos – the better the response. I don’t care anymore about the “rules”, whatever they may be. I just make art that makes me happy now. 

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So, what make me happy now? Stopping mid-step (with no regard for my safety) to take that perfect shot against the setting sun. Nearly driving off the road while attempting to hold my phone up to the open window to catch a drive by (just kidding, mom). Seeing an amazing possible photo in the distance, U-turning like a crazy lady and parking in random spaces to whip out my phone. Ignoring the looks from people who see me squatting low to the ground and taking magical shots. Layering, tweaking, coloring, and letting my imagination have it’s way with editing the photos. All that makes me cheese like a kid being offered all the candy in the world.

……And seeing all the happy smiley feedback I get from Instagram when I share. It’s an amazing community that has transformed my work over this last year. If you’re not on there, I highly encourage it. You can follow me and “My Florida Life” on Instagram – here.

Are there rules getting in the way of you doing something you love? Do you view the world in a special way where the details always catch your eye? What barrier do you have that’s preventing you from being super creative? I wanna know, so share in the comments below.

**All photos were taken and edited on my iPhone**

Enjoy your day,

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