A Little Byrdie Told Me | My Birthday Reflection

Birthdays are a special time. A time to reflect on the past year; a time to hope and plan for the future, almost like the start of a new year. As I began to reflect on my birthday in the context of Rare Vision Photography, I realized I’ve learned a lot about myself.

The Love of Storytelling

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”

Destin Sparks
Collage of special moments captured

I have long enjoyed creating stories. Writing and journaling have become ways I can unwind and find perspective in my life. Photography has become outlet for me tell other people’s stories. I get goosebumps when I capture a family embracing after an extended time apart, the birth of a child long awaited by parents or simply children playing together. I find myself falling in love with photography and storytelling all over again each session I have.

Being Real

“Putting yourself out there feels vulnerable and risky, but anything worth doing usually does.”

Christy Wright
Photo of me writing

Starting Rare Vision Photography was scary and continues to be as I try to be authentic in my business. As a more introverted person, meeting new people and putting my work out for critiques is hard and sometimes I want to run from it. As I’m about to dart, I remember that it’s also in those hard moments that I find purpose and that fuels the fire for me. It’s hard and challenging, but so worth it in the end.

Creativity Abounds

“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”

Ambrose Bierce
Image of orchid shot at Missouri Botanical Garden

I’ve always been labeled by others as creative and when I stop to think about it, I realize that I naturally gravitate towards creative aspects. Music. Art. Books. Photography. I enjoy finding inspiration from others but I come alive when I create things myself. Capturing moments for others in photography is a God-given gift that I’m so thankful to have.

As I continue to capture moments for others and run Rare Vision Photography, my prayer is that it continues to grow me into a woman who’s genuine, kind, intelligent, creative, dedicated…all the while pointing to Jesus while I shoot away.

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