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Mindfulness using Photography

Mindfulness using Photography

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Yesterday I shared some of my thoughts on how I use photography to be more awake to my life with a group of mindful moms in my community. It was great to share some of the projects that I've worked on over the past 7 years and I was surprised by how my approach to documenting my everyday life simply and in a way that fits and without SHOULDs resonated with this group. I had prepared to discuss what mindful photography looks like and challenged them to own their beauty and to practice taking self-portraits as a tool to accept who we are right now. I also shared this video from Brene Brown about how we have to be vulnerable to live an authentic life:

But I fielded a lot of questions about HOW I make my books and what to do with all my digital photos, so I thought I'd create a very brief list of thoughts to help you on your journey. These ladies are my online mentors and most of what I do is borrowed from projects they have created.

Projects to help document everyday life and inspire:

Ali Edwards is a genius at documenting everyday life in an easy way. Check out her Week in the Life and December Daily projects. She also is exploring creativity and inspiration in her email newsletter this year and it is awesome.

Becky Higgins created a kit called Project Life that I used for 2 years to take a photo a day and capture family memories. I wrote a little about my experience with this kit in this post. Things I love about Project Life: it is affordable, trivially easy, beautiful, flexible, and all of what I need is included in the kit. You should check it out if what you can handle is printing your 4x6 photos and writing down some words. There are now hundreds of women using this system in a very creative way - you should google it and join the Big Picture Classes free community for inspiration.

Elise Blaha creates the cutest 4x6 books that you can also buy in her etsy shop. I think she is the queen of minibooks.

Shimelle has a series of videos that will break it down for you and inspire you to use up your 4x6 photos. There is a ton of content on this website.

Cathy Zilske has an awesome school year scrapbook solution for simply capturing each school year. Becky Higgins has a good one too that she does with her kid's classes called a personal yearbook.

Rhonna Farrer is such an amazing creatie and has tons of free and inspiring projects on her blog, including the 21 day challenge I shared at another meeting

Two Peas in a Bucket has lots of free content and inspiration

Project 365 is a whole thing. Check it out. I am using this free iphone app this year.

Big Pictures Classes offers lots of affordable how-to with videos and a whole community to help you out. One of the albums I shared was from one called "All About Me" by Stacy Julian. I can't find the link for that one - though I'm sure I have a pdf I can share if you'd like.

Products that make it easier and beautiful:

Crop-a-dile, and corner rounder will cut through anything and allow me to create my own albums out of paper or cereal boxes

Zig 2 way glue, I buy this on sale at michael's or joann's and love it because it is super strong and will work on any service and dries clear

Amy Tangerine products and kits I used for the 4x6 album I shared. You can take a mini class from her hereSasafrass Lass is no longer in business but you can see their papers and look for something similar. There are lots of kits and paper pads that you can buy online or at local scrapbooking stores.

Polaroid application that I use on my computer to create simple images I then import to word to resize and print.

iphone apps I use: Project 365, instagram, hipstamatic, diptic, photostudio, phonto, lenslight, shutterfly

My calendar and the photobooks I've printed easily. Also check out this blurb book using instagram.

I hope this helps and inspires you to start a new project!

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