friday randomness... a decade of life and photography

So, today is THE BIG day... I am marching right out of my 30's and into my 40's. And, yes, I have been told I will survive, but still.

I decided it might be fun to celebrate a decade of metamorphosis in my photography journey.


~In 2005, we received the exciting news that we would be starting a grand adventure of living overseas. I'll be honest, although exciting, it was a tough transition and I did happen to ball my head off at a bus stop shortly after arriving in Germany.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Kodak DX7590

~ In 2006, the culture shock had merged into delight as we began to explore this new world of ours. I bought my first DSLR, and was so scared of it I refused to use it for about a month.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Kodak DX7590

But, then I took this picture, totally on a fluke. The Thinker was exploring and I was entertaining two tired kids by playing paparazzi. When we returned home, and saw the photo, I knew this was my passion. Up until the digital world I had loved photography, but this new ability to snap  a photo and have  the immediate gratification of an image spurred my enthusiasm on.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D50


~ 2007 through 2010, photography became an obsession for me. I began to dabble in editing, I worked on technique, and how to use my camera and l began to look at my entire world with a new perspective. This is when my view of the world turned to landscape mode.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D50/ D7000

~ In 2011, I began to dip into portrait sessions more seriously. I was blessed by people who thought I might have some talent, and they invested in me through their support. We also began our "year of lasts" in Europe. I cannot honestly tell you I wanted to move back to my home country. In reality, I wanted to stay in Europe. After living in Europe during my formative years as a child, I felt out of sink in the US during my middle/high school years. It wasn't until we moved back to Europe, in 2005, that I realized why. Those years in Europe, as a child, molded me into who I am; in returning to Europe I felt like I had returned home.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D7000

~ In 2012, we moved back to the US. Heavy grief, and a world that had shifted into monotonous greens in the summer, and monotonous browns in the winter, left me feeling out of sorts with photography; I felt lost.

I also began to think that my passion was a completely different craft. A dear friend breathed it into me, and I believed it for a bit. I thought I wanted to be a writer, that I was a writer. But, somehow, writing always felt like work, and I couldn't really process that feeling since I enjoyed it.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D7000

~After a year of harsh grief, I decided that 2013 would be the year I would pull up my photography bootstraps and search out the beauty that I knew resided in every landscape. I began diligently documenting my multitudes, and I began snapping away. I also delved into phonography.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- iPhone 5s

Also in 2013, that dear friend, the one that spoke writing into my life, she treated me to the biggest epiphany of my artistic life. She took me to a blog retreat, full of writers, and creators. However, my time at this retreat left me mixed up and confused. I left there bewildered, and feeling left out, and it took me months to work through those feelings. In processing my emotions I realized... writers are not my people. Sure they are people I am totally inspired by, and I love spending time with them, but they are not my people. You know, the kind of people you can spend hours geeking out with, chatting about your craft. The kind of people that speak "your" language and know your thoughts, because they understand you; they understand your craft. Those people, at the retreat, really, I wasn't theirs either. WHY? Because, I am not a writer. In that light-bulb moment, I was able to realize why writing was work to me, because it is not my passion.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- iPhone 5s

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- iPhone 5s

~In 2014, I left the cocoon of who I thought I was, and morphed into who I am. I deleted my writing blog; I created a new brand, and a new logo. I began to look for inspiration among my people, and I began making connections across the artistic community of photography. And, you know what..... my world began to re-emerge into a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. Grief began to fade away into the recesses of my heart, and I began to feel like me again.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D7000


~2015... while I am a little trepidations about entering my 40's, I can also say I am giddy with excitement about the future. I am excited to see where this passion of photography takes me. I am thrilled to be building a community of people who can geek out with me for hours chatting about f-stops, and saturation. I'm delighted to sit around the cyber table, and chat with writers and then let there thoughts inspire me to capture beauty in photography; it feels fantastic to be on an all inclusive path, where all forms of creativity can merge into once inspirational world.

For those of you that have been with me through the journey... THANK YOU! For those of you who are just joining in on this crazy trek... WELCOME! And, for those of you on your own journey.... one piece of advice, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE PROCESS!

Today I am joining Friday FindsThe Good, The Random, The Fun and Little Things Thursday

© 2015 Simply Living Photography- Nikon D7000

{BTW, if you want to go to that fabulous retreat, it is coming up in the spring of 2015. It's called Jumping Tandem. I highly recommend it!! It is a retreat about dreaming, and is full of creatives. I was so immersed in my own thought process that I stuck to the writers in 2013. But, I do not regret that because my time there spurred a 2 year, adventurous  journey, in finding out ,and accepting, my true passion. If it were not for my friend, and Jumping Tandem 2013, I fully believe I would not be on the right path today. I am not going to JT 2015, but sort of wish I was, so that I could introduce the "real" me to all those fabulous writers I met. I'd love to see how their language inspires me in my passion today.}

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