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Day 125 of 365: What is a soul?

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Day 125: What is a soul? Sharing a thought provoking quote by Ray Charles, “What is a soul? It’s like electricity- we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.”

Think about this, spoken by a wonderful musician that was blind from the age of seven! He and his R&B and soul music unquestionably lit up a room! “Georgia on my Mind” is one of my favorite Ray Charles tunes.

What kinds of things feed your soul? For me it is my photography and definitely my kids! Hopefully all of us has something in our lives that feeds our soul and “lights” us up. It is so important that each of us finds what that one thing is. In this day and age we are bombarded with all kinds of stressors, whether it be work, finances, medical or family issues. We each need that one thing that we can escape to and reset, recharge and revive us!

I remember learning, way back when, about the term, self-actualization. It is when a person realizes one’s talents and potential, which is a need that most of us have. It is an important place to arrive in one’s life, it is like soul searching and finding it!

What are those things that feed your soul?

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Day 121 of 365: Let your light shine!

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Day 121: Let your light shine! Here is a quote by Dwight L. Moody, “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”

This is an awesome quote, it tells us to shine our light without letting anyone know or without boasting about it. Like the lighthouse we are to “do what we do” and in doing so, others will notice, even if we do not broadcast it.

Letting our light shine is living our day to day life with happiness, passion and confidence in our purpose! It is like dancing or singing when you think no one is watching or listening. The confidence to “do what you do” and not worry about what others might think of you. That is hard, but that is how you do it! The older I get the easier it is to not worry about what other people think.

Go out and “do what you do” like no one is watching!

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Day 87: The BEST light to shoot in!

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Day 87: The BEST light to shoot in! Many of you know I am a photographer. I am constantly searching for the perfect light when capturing landscape images. Without the best light in your photo your images can be dull and lackluster. When shooting landscape images, like I do, it is critical to find the right time of day.

Many of us talk about the “golden hour” as the best time to shoot. The golden or magic hour is the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset. The light at these 2 times of day are most flattering when the sun is low in the sky as opposed to the light of the noon day sun. The golden hour of light is also the best light for shooting portraits outdoors. This light tends to be more diffuse and warmer in hue giving your subjects a more attractive glow.

I believe that the BEST light to shoot in is natural light, that is the light from the sun. If you are shooting a portrait and your subject’s face is not lit well, you can use a special reflector (or the sun reflector from your car) to bounce the light from the sun back into your subject’s face. You may need to ask someone to hold the reflector at the right angle for you.

It is all about the LIGHT in photography. There is a quote by George Eastman that I would like to share with you, “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”