Mindfulness using Photography
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.
Two Peas in a Bucket has lots of free content and inspiration
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:
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 here. Sasafrass 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.
I hope this helps and inspires you to start a new project!