it happens all the time. i’ll either be on my way to work, or putzing around the house in the late afternoon. and then i’ll see it, the way the light shines into my house. falling on the floor or the bed or whatever. and it literally stops me in my tracks. and so whenever this happens, i’ll go grab my camera, snap a couple of shots, and then carry on with whatever the task is at hand.
which was exactly the case last tuesday morning.
hello my name is kelly and i am a light junkie.
so in addition to my ‘everyday’ photography like this, i’m also taking this be still 52 class with kim klassen. it’s a class on still life photography, but kim is also really great at helping us explore our creativity. and this past week, our lesson was to put together a series or find a common thread in our photography.
after i read the lesson i just hung my head. and i thought to myself, ‘great. the one thing i just cannot seem to figure out, and now it’s a lesson.’
honestly this is the ONE THING that i struggle with more than anything. i watch scott kelby videos about putting together a portfolio. about refining your portfolio, your voice, so it sends a clear message about who you are as a photographer.
it’s like i’ve always said… it’s not so much that i am trying to pursue a career in professional photography. but it would be nice to say ‘this is my thing’ photographically speaking.
anyway, that was wednesday and i was knee-deep sending my girl off to college. i didn’t really have time to think about it. so i decided to just set this lesson on the back burner.
well so thursday i got up early and i set off for my morning run. and it was such a glorious, sunny morning. and i was thinking about how pretty the light was that morning. to me there is something really special about the light in august. and i particularly love the way it pours in through my east-facing french doors this time of year. as evidenced by the photo i took on tuesday (above).
and then i got to thinking about all the pictures i have taken of the morning sun pouring in through my east french doors.
hello lightbulb moment.
could it be? could this be my thing?
i thought about this all the way home from visiting my girl at her new apartment. sort of refined the concept in my head. and then when i got back home, i took a few minutes to go through my lightroom catalog. and oh my God….
so many pictures. dozens of shots of light shining in through windows and doors.
letting the light shine in.
i think about how long i have been trying to find my thing. and there it was. all along. right in front my eyes.
isn’t it always like that?
i’m sharing this with you today because i think it is quite often very hard to look at our own work objectively. and maybe you’re in the same boat. whether it’s photography or painting or some other creative endeavor. maybe you’re trying to find your voice or refine your portfolio to show the world who you are and what you love.
and so here is what i would say to you. it takes time. it might not take you four years like it did for me – but then again i am the world’s biggest overthinker so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise at all.
but oh the joy when it all comes together. seeing the light.