Postcards from Real Life: Finding Joy

Earlier this week as I sifted through my images from 2013, something struck me. It was disappointment. It wasn’t a soul-crushing-why-do-I-even-bother-trying kind of disappointment, just an acknowledgment that I didn’t give my photography the energy and effort I used to.

When I look at my body of work for 2013, I simply don’t feel like I grew artistically or improved in technique last year. There were definitely good moments, but they were moments that didn’t result in momentum. Much of the time I was on autopilot, rarely taking the time to truly take joy in constructing an image.

In considering the why’s and wherefor’s of my lost photographic mojo, I was worried I didn’t still love the process. But I realized that I do. It was just buried under the stuff of life and had slipped as a priority.

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. ~Chuck Palahniuk

So in an effort to reignite the creative passion I used to feel with photography, I revisited my 2013 images to find the ones where the magic moments happened. Those are the images that will remind me to nurture the joy.

Love it or change it…


  1. Your work is great. You got some really nice images this year! I know what you mean, though, never seems to be enough. Now, let’s both get over it and shoot more in 2014!

    1. I did come away with a few I was really happy with this year but when I look back at previous years there was a very obvious disconnect. No worries, I’m getting my groove back.

  2. May you be refreshed and re-energized as you embark upon the adventure of this new year… Be blessed… –c–

    1. Many thanks!

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