Just in time for Mother’s Day I got to share some of my thoughts and feelings about what I consider one of the most important pictures in your family’s photo collection.This one is for all the moms out there! To see what that picture is and/or if you need a little encouragement, take a peek at my segment on Studio 5 on the topic.
For the record, I had the BEST time with the folks at Studio 5. Thoughtful, gracious, encouraging, this team of people is top notch! Thank you ALL for having me. It was a pleasure and an honor.
And if that wasn’t enough, I got to visit the most charming bookshop ever where I met some wonderful women and talked about motherhood, photography and creativity. Thank you to everyone at The King’s English bookshop for hosting and to all of the ladies that came to say hi, you’re the best. If you missed me there but live in the beautiful area surrounding the shop, they’ve got some signed copies of Elevate the Everyday if you’re looking for a copy. I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift to give a mother, if I do say so myself (I can say that, can’t I?).
Just wanted to share an update from the nest. I think this says it all. If I were still doing Best Shot Monday, this would be the one from the past week. Hmmm. Maybe we should start that up again.
If I had to categorize our Spring Break trip to Mexico, I’d have to call it a color experience. Cool blues of the sea, vibrant greens of the palms, and swirling yellows and oranges of the golden hour were all vying for my attention, begging to be captured through my lens. And even still, as I sift through all the amazing color of hundreds of shots, it’s these few black and whites that stop me in my tracks. And so, I offer you the images from the past week that captivate me, enchant me, and give me reason to pause with no distractions.
When I was contacted by the lovely folks of Studio 5 about featuring a segment on Elevate the Everyday, I was ecstatic. I was told they would have one of their local photography correspondents cover the book and use what she gleaned to share her take on the concepts found within it’s pages. It sounded like a neat idea. Of course, I was crossing my fingers that she would be inspired by it.
A few weeks later, the segment aired and…BOOM…all of my hopes and expectations were exceeded. I am over the moon to share this wonderful segment from Utah’s Studio 5 morning show. Brooke Snow, an awesome photographer and mama totally blew my mind, not only her own insights but the images that came from how she interpreted the books messages and applied them in her everyday life. This is the reason I wrote Elevate the Everyday. Thank you to Studio 5 and Brooke Snow for elevating my everyday.
Although I have hundreds of images from this summer, this (taken at our campsite) is the one that stops me in my tracks. Together, telling, timeless. This month at Shutter Sisters we’re celebrating and sharing a number of ways in which we all Elevate the Everyday. With today’s prompt, The Great Outdoors, this is the shot that does my mama heart good. This is the moment where my everyday was indeed elevated.
Be sure to join us all month long as we all play along together, tagging our shots #sselevate.
I AM ENOUGH
I breathe. In more shallowly than out.
I am more than what you see,
I am more than what I say,
I am more than what they spit.
I am skin and flesh and spark and thought.
I am soft.
I am here.
I am fear sometimes, bundled up in disguise, a charade dancing in black in the masquerade.
Dressed, blueprints in hand waiting middle finger out for a ride that I don’t want offered and would not take.
I am not angry.
I am gentle and sensitive and insecure and self preserving.
I am fertile and abundant.
I love, sometimes too easily.
I am an artist because I create,
I am a writer because I write
through me, from there, to here, like water.
I see in pictures, framed in the view finder of my eye.
I am woman
I am mother
I am a lover
I am hunter
I am animal, wild and fresh and vicious in defence.
I howl with the moon and am agitated by the wind.
I am exhausted and drowning, and letting go.
I am small.
I am quiet on the outside but inside I am deliciously fierce and unbridled.
I am learning to be beautiful, because I am.
I am unfolding.
I am desire,
But I am not hungry for more, instead satisfied by less.
A smile, a smell, a leaf, the light, and I am nourished.
I am simple.
I am grateful.
I am enough.
Leanne Coley lives in the wild hills of The Northern Rivers region of Australia. When she is not dreaming unrestrainedly and gazing at her mountains, she spends her time as Mama to two small people, writing and capturing images of lifes simplest things. You can find her pictures and musings here on her blog… http://homemaderainbows.wordpress.com/