To be honest, words such as “mindfulness” and “gratitude” don’t really resonate with me.
I am horrible at meditation. I dropped out of yoga in college - I think it was the only class I ever dropped.
I’m very driven to action. If there’s a problem, I want to figure out how to fix it. I’m always thinking ten steps ahead. It’s not that I don’t ever procrastinate (I totally do) but I like to get things done.
I’m never bored. I “optimize” my time by multi-tasking. If I’m on the subway, I’m usually listening to a podcast or audiobook, reading a book, writing blog posts or emails, or editing photos. Same for working out, doing housework or watching TV - I always do something else at the same time.
All the more important, then, for my camera - be it DSLR or iPhone - to help me to slow down, take a breath and be in the moment with my kids.
My camera grounds me in the present. It helps me see what is in front of me - not just look but to really SEE what my kids are doing and feeling, what I’m feeling, what the light is doing, what I want to capture, how I want to tell the story, my story, our story, of the here and now and what we are experiencing right this minute.
I could be a million miles away in my head, but with my camera, I'm drawn back to the present, which in turn connects me to my kids as they are now, and for who they are now. It gives me a way to love them and celebrate them, a way to express how I feel about them in a way that words alone never could.
Earlier this week I talked about how I want to show you a different way of using your camera - one that enhances rather than detracts from your relationship with your kids.
I think there is a real fear amongst us that our camera takes us away from our kids, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here is the process that I can take you through to find that different way:
1) Show you how to capture natural moments and interactions rather than interrupting and/or annoying your kids by constantly asking them to pose - this will give you and your kids instant relief and immediately change your experience of photographing your kids as well as your relationship with them as you do so.
2) Show you a few easy things to look for visually as you are photographing your kids that will not only improve your photos but will heighten your awareness of the present moment and therefore bring you more into it.
3) Broaden your perspective on the moments worth capturing - you will find yourself naturally feeling more appreciation and gratitude for the moments you already have in your life, no meditation or yoga required! This in turn will deepen your connection to your kids in a new way, through a new medium.
We cover all of this in 7 days to better photos of our kids - a free 7 day challenge that we will be running again later this month.
I have one more blog post to share with you more details on exactly how the Photosanity approach is different to your typical photography class.
In the meantime, you can find out more about the free 7 day challenge and join the waitlist so you are automatically registered when sign ups open