I'm just gonna come out and say it.  Writing is HARD.  My hat is off to those who have made writing their profession.  I am struggling to come up with something to write about every week and it's only my fifth post.  But, in the midst of me learning about the photography business, the fabulous Professional Photographers of America magazine printed an article by Angela Pointon, an advisor through Hand Select Your Clients, about a small photography business whose attention to detail is what sets them apart.  So, I went to Hand Select's website and subscribed to their weekly emails.  Low and behold an email comes across the other day about how to write when you don't know what to write.  Included was a download for 52 Weeks of Blog Post Ideas.  It was like the blog gods where giving me a boost!!  I started to read the list and wasn't really clinging to any until I got to 18.  "Tell the world about the things that inspire you." So, I think, that is what I will do.  

I don't want this post to turn into a post about my kids/family, so I will keep this short.  The number one thing that really and truly inspires me is my family.  My kids are my primary reason for being a better person.  I know, this is all too clichĂ©, but it's the truth.  My heart bursts with pride and warmth when I see my children do something out of pure kindness.  I know deep down that I had something to do with that.  And my husband, well, he is my King.  He's supportive, and caring, and the most genuine person I have ever met.  Ever.  He has this capability of building a meaningful relationship with just about anyone.  It's really a beautiful gift he has and I am lucky to be apart of it.  All of it.   

 This image is being submitted into the Rock the Shot Forum January Photo Challenge.

This image is being submitted into the Rock the Shot Forum January Photo Challenge.

My next inspiration is what I am afraid will fade quickly.  Because, that's how I am.  But, I want to change that and challenge it as well.  I have a want of something that I have created, something that I have worked so hard to make profitable and manageable.  Something that gives me time to spend with my children and, possibly, a future business for them.  This desire is an awesome inspiration that has given something to look forward to.  Where did I find this inspiration you ask?  Well, it just so happens that, yet again, another email came across to me.  This time, it was from Rock the Shot Forum, a website dedicated to helping photographers, like myself, build their brand and their business.  In the email was a post about lifestyle photography by Jean Smith Photography.  At the time (about 3 months ago), I was wondering what realm of photography I wanted to specialize in.  I knew I wanted to do something with people, and probably, families to be more specific.  When I read that email, I knew instantly what I wanted to do.  I felt so sure about this that I actually said so out loud in the middle of Starbucks.  Capturing a true and honest moment is something special.  This can only happen when you let people just be.  Be in their own happiness (or any emotion really) and state of mind.  I want to capture that.  That is my inspiration.

I'd like to also add to my list of inspirations just one more thing.  My final form of inspiration is currently brought to you by our recent move.  A co-worker of mine pointed out that this move is a chance to start over.  It's like getting a clean slate almost.  Just like the New Year brings us a sense of rejuvenation, moving across country has given me something very similar.  Even though this might be an odd form of inspiration, I am going to use it.  I cannot wait to see what I will create by the end of this year.

Until next time, namaste.

Rock the Shot