The snippets of life: the moments that come and go so fast that we often pay them no attention. I have built a passion around capturing moments and surroundings and things that intrigue and inspire me. But I find myself forgetting the snippets. There are many times that I overlook something because I tell myself that it is boring. In that moment, I convince myself that some subjects are just “there”, and hold no place in creative thoughts. But time and time again, I find myself wishing that I documented these snippets, because I realize later on that they actually did intrigue me. They had the potential to be a cornerstone in a larger project, and I cannot easily revisit it. Moments are fleeting, and it is my job as a photographer to make them timeless. No one can tell you that images have to be planned, or that they have to have some sort of deep underlying meaning. Not even yourself. As artists, we have an obligation to ourselves to document life as it unfolds. This includes ideas, events, people and, of course, the snippets.
The snippets are what we see in the time between projects. They are the landmarks that lead us from point A to point B. Once we pass them, it is easy to forget them. Try not to forget them. Challenge yourself to give the small moments your full attention. Find the value in overlooked detail. If you allow the snippets to become these documented moments, you have opened a whole new range of possibilities.
I call this “Snippets of Sushi Time” which took place at Kai Sushi in Santa Barbara. Nom nom 🙂
You cannot fully understand the phrase “two peas in a pod” until you meet Matt and Tania. For as long as I have known them they have been attached at the hip. She makes him watch Teen Wolf (though secretly I think he enjoys it), and he makes her…accept and love him. And she does whole-heartedly. When they got engaged, I knew I was taking their engament photos. I wouldn’t take no for an answer. The day of the shoot I made them hike a little (sorry guys!), but they happily let me drag them around to different locations because they knew that I was excited for this shoot.
As I was organizing and editing through the images today, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. The whole shoot was unbelievably adorable. Capturing moments like these makes my heart so so happy!
I feel like I talk about brains a lot. I can’t help it. There is so much going on in my noggin that I have the constant urge to spew back out all the thoughts that trickle their way in. Sometimes its in the form of some artsy thing, and other times its here, so that people I don’t know can read all about it and contemplate my sanity. Im kidding…I think.
So again, back to brains.
You should really, if you already haven’t, become best friends with your brain. BFF’s in fact. I’m serious about the forever part, there is no changing out the workings of your noggin. Sorry. The way I see it, the more you embrace your ideas and the way your mind works, the better. We all have parts we want to fix. Your brain is that one friend that has no filter, says outrageous things and sometimes suggests the most idiotic ideas, and you find it in your heart to love them. “Hey, lets get a Wendy’s frostie and fries for dinner!” “Not today Brain.” You have had this conversation. Don’t lie. But sometimes, your brain says “Hey, you should paint till 4 in the morning as you eat peanutbutter sandwiches and listen to Disney songs” and you think hey, that’s not a bad idea. Love your brain for all of its loose nuts and bolts.
I have found that my work has changed dramatically once I started to follow through with ideas I once deemed too weird. I guess they are still weird, but they are definitely more me. Befriending your brain helps you appreciate the thoughts that find their way in. Giving time to thoughts can lead to enlightenments and overall good feels.
A couple of months ago I reconnected with a friend I used to intern with. He is sarcastic, he is a videographer, and he has very majestic hair. My type of friend. He introduced me to a pal of his and we shot down by the beach. I’m starting to shoot more and more for myself. I can’t keep making blog posts about doing the things that make you happy and not follow my own advice.
I am excited about the direction I am taking with my photography and art. There is so much work I have yet to post! I am getting back into the groove and hopefully it stays that way!