World Photo Day.

As I scrolled through Instagram and my Twitter account today, I began to notice a re-occurring hashtag.


In honor of this, I thought I’d take a moment to explain what photography means to me. I’ve been asked several times: “How do you get ideas for the photos you take?” or “What causes you to snap a photograph in the most ordinary of moments?”

I’m a 21 year old college student who probably takes photos more than the average person. But, what I love most about photography is that it takes me back to some of the best moments in life. Every photograph is a paragraph or a chapter of my story.

I like to capture the beauty of human life, of capturing ordinary moments and discovering beauty in the places that are overlooked or not appreciated.

Sometimes, when we are just living through the motions, it doesn’t feel like even the most mundane moments are worth telling. But, I believe they are. So, I grab my camera.

To answer the question:

Photography, amidst chaos, showcases simplicity, beauty and God’s love for humanity.

A true photograph need not to be explained, nor can it be put into words. -Ansel Adams

Photography isn’t necessarily about the object. It’s about telling stories through the lens of a camera. It’s about the feelings that can’t be explained through words.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. -Dorothea Lange

Photography speaks volumes beyond the simple notes that were written in my journal from that date. It is true that a photograph is worth a million words. I would say it’s worth more than a million words.

I love photograhy. I will never stop taking photos. It’s been a love of mine since I was a little girl.

It brings me back to some of the best conversations and transports me back in time. It’s nostalgic, really.

It connects me to strangers, and allows me to read the stories of different people from all around the world. Photography is a book. It takes me to places I’ve never been and allows me to have conversations with people I’ve never met.

May we never lose our wander. And, may we never lose our cameras.(phones, GoPros, Polaroids, whatever you use to capture life.)


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