I'm A Photographer

Many people know I’m a writer, but I am also a photographer.

I suppose I’m not what one would consider a professional photographer. But I am still a photographer nonetheless. It, like writing, makes me feel alive.

I really love the art and expression of photography.
 
I have taken photos for family and friends. I have framed them and given them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, engagements, and just because. And I have taken tons of photographs of my nephews. I have also had a few used in publications and inside my cousin's CD album cover.

Taking photos is a lot like when I write; it stirs something deep within me. And yet it’s different. I am certainly passionate about both. And sometimes the only way I can adequately express something is through writing. But looking through my lens is an opportunity to visually express the world around me. I do that with words too but as the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Indeed it is.

I’ve been taking photos for many years. Even as a kid, I'd pick up my Mom's old camera and begin snapping away at anything; flowers, trees, food, my parents, my brother, my Rick Springfield albums, the dog. Well, I listened to my Rick Springfield albums way more than I ever photographed them. And I almost drove my brother crazy in the process with the perpetual playing of Jesse's Girl.

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I began a full professional photography course through The New York Institute of Photography several years ago in order to develop my skill more, but I was unable to complete it because of my pressing health issues. It was during this time I was getting sicker and more fatigued. And I was going through the diagnostic nightmare I wrote about in My Story. However, I did learn some valuable things.

Through chronic illness, I’ve revisited photography in a whole new way. I don’t always feel well enough to take photos, and it can be a challenge to get certain shots I want from a wheelchair, but it has forced me to look at things from a totally different perspective. Literally, it presses me to look in angles I never would otherwise. Sometimes I'm quite frustrated by that because I cannot get the shot I really want. It’s physically impossible for me to get in certain places; even from my own back deck. But that doesn’t stop me from trying to figure out how I can work around those limitations. It has caused me to get really creative and innovative, which I've learned to appreciate.

I started out with a film based Canon SLR but now do digital photography, which I love. Canon is still my preferred choice of camera and lenses. I also love the editing capabilities available today. Still, I'm rather sentimental about film based photography and miss it at times. But digital is actually easier for me to work with. I like adding my own artsy interpretation by using a variety of editing filters and textures. And sometimes I just like presenting what I capture in it's purest, simplest form. 

I know there are photographers whose work is perhaps better in certain ways and more far-reaching than mine. I don’t care because photography brings me joy. And nobody can look through that lens and see the way I do. My photography is a unique portrait of who I am; of who God created me to be. In other words, I have my own distinct style as a photographer and a writer. And so it is for each of us in our gifting's.

Photography is often my escape too. Even if I’m shooting something on the way to a doctor’s appointment, I enjoy it. I like capturing everyday life moments. I especially like nature, landscape, still life, conceptual, abstract, and modern vintage photography. I'm always drawn in by vibrant colors, but I also love muted colors and black and white photography as well. It's all beautiful art to me. 

Pictures tell a unique story or reveal a moment captured in time. I guess that’s what really ties my writing and photography together. Words and photographs each convey a distinct message and while one cannot replace the other, they do, in my opinion, often complement each other. That is why I will sometimes incorporate my photographs or other images in with my blogs. 

I wanted to start sharing some of what I’ve captured through my lens over the years. I also wanted to share a few photos of my Lyme journey too. Glimpses into what my daily life is like. For now, the photos will be intermingled. Many of my photos are still on film and I've yet to transfer them to a digital format, so this is definitely an ongoing project. But I've also shot many in digital the last few years. I'll be adding and organizing more over time as my health allows. 

On a side note, music is always a part of what I do. Whether it's writing, photography, or working through this long, arduous healing journey; music is always involved. It inspires and comforts me. 

It's just a starting point but I hope you’ll take a look at some of my photography. And I hope my photos speak to you in some way and make you feel as good as they do me. 

Thanks for letting me share some of my photographic expressions with you. I look forward to being able to share more.

Love. Peace. Blessings.

~ Michelle

2 comments:

  1. Photography is such a wonderful thing! I really started getting into it around 2010, but started taking lots of pictures after I had babies. I love your photos! ❤

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    1. Emily, thank you so much! You are so right; photography is wonderful. It's just plain fun when you enjoy it. And you are a wonderful photographer!! I try to look out for the photos you post on your FB photography page. And I always enjoy looking at what you capture. I notice you're doing more portrait and wedding photography. I've never really been interested in that as much but your photos are really great. Here's to you, photo buddy :)

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