I'm guessing that over your life you have taken a lot of photographs.
I’ve been taking photos for many years. Ever since I got a free Kit Kat camera at the age of 6 or 7. It’s only recently, though when I realised photography is my therapy that I understood the life lessons photography has given me.
Stopping and looking at a situation through your lens and planning the image you are going to create is how photography makes us look for the beauty in everything. The mundane, the sad, the unexpected and the every day.
When you are taking that photo, you are in the moment. Not worried about what has happened, how you are going to lose 5 kilos or what your five-year plan is.
Life is about sharing. Taking an amazing photograph doesn't mean too much until you share it with others.
Have you ever given a photograph to someone, either as a gift or because it’s of a subject that is close to their heart? Giving brings such joy to both the person receiving and the person giving…do it more often. Theres too much take in the world.
Forget the Ego.
When you take yourself out of the image and show the subject for what it is rather than for what you see it, that's when the magic happens. And that includes selfies!
All emotions make up life.
It’s full of the good, the bad and the ugly. How boring would photography be if it was just full of smiling faces? Images that show feelings other than happiness are some of the most beautiful and moving. Accept emotions for what they are.
And while we are on smiling….
Ever try to make a child smile for a photo? Life lesson - don’t try and fake it, or push it. Go for what is natural.
Life is about heart.
You can know every technical detail about your camera and taking a photograph….that doesn’t mean you will take a good photograph. It needs heart. The same goes for life.
Be prepared….but go with the flow.
What? Seriously, nothing is worse than seeing the photograph opportunity of a lifetime and not having your camera. The flip side being, no matter how much planning you do or whether you have all the right equipment with you…sometimes the sunrise is a dud. Let it go! And go back to lesson 1.
Look for a different angle.
The most amazing photos of the every day or over photographed subjects? The ones taken from a different angle. Same goes with obstacles in life.
Photography is all about the details….and the bigger picture.
Make sure you take both into consideration for life too.
And lastly…but most importantly. Love really does make the world go around.
It may be corny and an overrated saying but it’s true. Wedding photos, family portraits, photojournalism showing people helping others in times of hardship… even travel photography. It’s all about love. Love for each other, our world, for this beautiful gift of life.
We would love to see your images that show some of the life lessons you have learnt from photography.
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