I have always been, and always will be, a person in a positive light.
A lot of my friends and family say that I have a heart of gold and how there isn’t a bad bone inside of me. The way I see it: Life is too short to hold grudges or to behave like an ass. I rather brush it off and live my life the best way that I can (because you never know).
But it isn’t until you get hurt so bad that it just sucks the life right out of you…and all of the positive vibes fly out the window. You sit back and think:
“Damn…I’m such an idiot.“
We all have had those moments where you have been betrayed by someone you cared about or someone you thought you knew. If you haven’t had that happen to you, then try not to experience it because it’s the worst! It stops you in your tracks, crawls inside of you and starts to make it’s way into your heart. And depending how much it hurts, it lingers inside of you for days and days on end!
You then think to yourself “How the heck did I let this happen?” or “What do I do now? I will never be kind or nice to anyone ever again!”
For a long time, I never spoke about my feelings to anyone because being raised by a Marine meant that you bottle up your emotions and move on with life. I covered up the hurtful side of me for a long time but I knew I couldn’t hide my emotions forever regardless of what I do. I felt broken..
So how do you move on from that? How can you make that hurt and pain go away? This is when I crossed paths with Mastin Kipp, founder of this amazing online positive light called The Daily Love who put everything in perspective for me. He told me something that I will forever hold on to and what I will share with you:
“Think back to when you were genuinely happy. The moment where you felt like everything is amazing. Find the one thing that you love. The one action that you cannot see life without – that makes you fall back in love with life again. And do it.”
Photography makes me fall in love with life.
It makes me realized that I am the master of my own destiny. That whatever past or present hurt that comes my way, I can handle it with a smile. And who better then to photograph the people that I love and cherish the most: My Family
I’ve been taking photos of family for years, since I was fifteen! They are always willing to be behind my camera. Now I look back on the images that I’ve taken over the years and I fall in love with life again.
I love with the memories that every image holds and how amazing that person felt when they saw a photo of themselves. How much I made their day, and it all makes sense! I am grateful to have met so many people, to have worked with so many talented individuals and to continue to meet new amazing people. Every single photo session is a new experience and a great way to continue to live life.
Now it’s your turn to shine!
What is the one thing that makes you feel alive? What makes you fall back in love with life? And go do it!!
I’d love to hear your story!