In this fast-moving life full of stresses and burnout.. Pandemics, social distancing and isolation I think it's easy to feel a little frustrated.
As much as you try to have a PMA 24/7 let's just get real.. nobody can sustain a cheerful disposition every second of every day. We all have highs and lows right, thank God for both as both offer an opportunity for either enjoyment! or some growth. But yeah on the flip side I'm sure there are people out there who absolutely disagree with me.. this conversation really isn't for them types of people 🙃😜 moving on.. let me just say im wide open for friendly debate but absolutely won't entertain anyone looking to vent frustrations in my direction. Take that elsewhere aint nobody got time for that.
So if you're still with me, It just got me thinking.. As I'm scrolling Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn checking my emails, texts & Whapp messages (there are literally a million ways to keep in touch) with the endless ways reaching out to people all around us what actually, truly fulfills us?
What I'm seeing a lot of recently are targeted adds. On one hand It's actually nice.. im being shown new things, undeniably interesting for me! You too if you like jewellery and hair and beauty products, it's stuff i like but it's beginning to get so irritating.
Every which way we are all being targeted and sold to. Marketing.. knowing what makes us stop scrolling is money? Understanding the psychology of sales is money. A product needs to capture our interest pretty much immediately and long enough to watch a video or read an article to hook us.
And you know well, i digress completely. What i want to actually know is how to feed people. Genuinely. How to to leave people a little more full than empty. When I post my content it's not about sales. It would be nice to know that somebody took something positive away with them. One tiny thing.
I decided to Google "what gives emotional pleasure" my search results came up with a load of articles on over "emotional eating!." I thought okkkk i need to rephrase that obviously it's not "niche" enough. So I searched "What emotionally gives people pleasure" now before we get all x-rated on this, this is a family post so let's keep things clean.. 😜
Lindsay Gibson, Psy.D. says..
"Emotional pleasure restocks your inner shelves, so you'll be ready for the future. There's nothing frivolous about it: for a small investment, it brings huge psychological and physical benefits.
"Pushing ourselves without regular infusions of pleasurable pastimes sets us up for emotional exhaustion. This is what the old expression, "A change is as good as a rest," means. Our brains require interludes of enjoyment, allowing us respites from the pressure of stress and preventing burn out."
Ahhhh yes.. Preventing burnout. If I need to be completely honest right now I think I've been extremely close to burnout so I can 100% empathise here which is why I guess this topic interests me.
If I felt close to burnout then the chances are then a lot of people around me have also felt this way or are even feeling this way right now. I can't be alone here. So how can I learn more about this.. How can I even help to alleviate potential burnout for not only myself but for others too? At the end of the day I am a Photographer I'm a Healthcare worker I'm a daughter a sister an auntie and a friend.. i provide photography services.. But I'm also inspired by art and inspirational quotes, motivational enriching, nourishing kind of things but I also need my healthy relationships.
So I'm sat here just thinking to myself, life is short. Life is fleeting. We never know how much time we've actually got in this world. So what I wanna do is to in some way add some type of genuine value to people's news feeds and lives.
Which leads me to what gives people pleasure? So let's start with makes people feel good..
A sip of coffee in the morning?
A hug off your child?
Oh come on i can't forget our furry friends, your dog/your cat.. Ok goldfish.. your pet hamster whatever choice of companion.
What about a long hike amongst some amazing landscapes?
Thanks bro for sending me this awesome picture just now. Want some Popcorn? 🍿
Ahhh I think my friend we just need to kick back and relax. Smile more. Laughter has to be the best medicine! Laughter has been proven to decrease stress hormones it increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies! thus improving your resistance to different kinds of diseases. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals so really what more is there to say here?..
If suffering burnout, social isolation, stress and frustration and that Spa day, Cinema pass, trip to a City Art gallery, Museum or your favourite Gig is put on hold during COVID-19 pandemic then there is really one powerful infection-fighting thing you can reach for right now, this second! without spending a single penny!
We all just need to laugh.. Laugh with me now! Just for the sheer joy of it!.... Yes it may appear a little crazy.. people seeing you laughing wildly to yoself.. or heck! They might even join you. But you know I'm 100 percent sure I read somewhere once that Laughter is also very catching so I'd rather be spreading Laughter around than the corona virus, you know what I mean.
So let's release some endorphins, kick back and LOPO. Laughter is the best medicine. 😜🙃🤣😘🙂🙌👍
What would you have done differently last year if you knew that 2020 would be the year that the world 🌎 basically shut down and ground to a halt... second lockdown coming this Thursday in my local county of Flintshire, I guess aside from being safe it's getting more and more important to re-evaluate our lives and what really matters.
(Well if you're anything like me, it is!)
Although I really don't need much of an excuse to "evaluate things"... for me it's any excuse to dive deep into some deep thinking, I'm there right down the rabbit hole i go.. But you know it's really the little things that make the biggest difference. You can plan your life to a T, work, aim and hustle but receiving a simple message just to say "Hiya, I'm just checking in with you.. How are you? How's things?" That is the precious stuff right there. It’s Love, friendship & Community those are the game changers. And that's what makes life for me all the more sweeter.
Thinking about it, i'm so, so glad I got to see Rome and Prague last year (when I did) Where in the world do you love? or want to visit, explore or to travel to next? We all have to dream.. plan and aim don't we! But more so we really, really need to believe that we're gonna see the back of this pandemic very soon an all make it through safely, together. Here's to our futures, may they be filled with amazing sights, full of adventures, filled with love, community.. good food and plenty of meaningful moments. 🙏🙌🙂
"We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
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Style, what is it? And how do I create it authentically..
We all have our own taste that's a fact. But equally we can all have quite similar tastes, be inspired quite easily by other artists, creatives & various individual's in life. Just look at the tiktok platform, TikTok literally gives the creator a unique opportunity to share skills & inspiration, how-to's, recipes... all sorts of things.
if you didn't know how to do "art" watch some TikToks and basically I'm 100% sure you could give something a whirl and get some pretty good results. It's a great platform to learn new skills, get inspired, or have a laugh.
Style- is defined as
1. a particular procedure by which something is done a manner, a way.
2 a distinctive appearance typically determined by the principles according to Which something is designed.
We all have a style, whether we like it or not we have a style. From the clothes we wear, the colours we love, the foods we eat, our hairstyle. Our choice of manicure or lack of it all reflects our own unique personal style.
Style is an opportunity to explore things that interest you. Just because.
At the moment I am loving Shadows, I'm pinning all sorts of images on Pinterest photos taken of various Shadows. The shadow of a palm tree on a white wall for eg.. There's just something about that, that really resonates with me and I love. I love the colour blue, what colours do you love? I also love White and clean, minimalist feels.. I really love minimal. But it's so much more than that, it's the romantic, grey, stone steps with a side sea view with a pop of Magenta from the crawling plant at the side of the building.. or it’s the large, floor to ceiling glass panels and windows in a city skyscraper. Certain aspects can really inspire, and they are the style. Whoever built those stone steps, built them to a particular visual aesthetic he or she liked. The architect who drafted the plans to the windows of the skyscraper building in the city was influenced by what inspires them.
How do you define your photographic Style? It has been a question on my mind for years. I always thought.. I need a style, what is my style? The fact is that I've always had a style whether I like it or not I had a style. My Style has been ever-evolving, what my style is now is not the same as it was the first time i snapped a portrait.
Style is something that you can control, but you can't necessarily control how people will react to it. Once you've created something, it's completely out of your hands how people feel about it. Love it or hate it, we all have our own tastes, thoughts and opinions. So essentially, it's important that as creators, photographers, artists 🎨 we create work that's authenticity for us. And hope that it touches the right hearts and minds. Our "style" will radiate at some point and it's completely out of our hands as to who our work attracts or influences.
Things that you can do/use to get inspired;
Share with me your favourite styles.. I'd love to see! Chat in the comments below or DM me.
Have fun! Yx
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Direction. knowing your direction you think that this itself would be simple. It isn't.
What I've found is that my direction is an accumulation of small events which I spontaneously created/arranged and then which lead me to where I am now.
It's the photo collaboration I was bold enough to pursue.. YES! it takes an element of boldness to create from nothing. Getting over your fear.. Getting over your pride.. Getting over yourself and just getting out there and doing the work.
Nobody is going to hand you anything. Ultimately the work you put out is what you attract, also as a creative you need that element of complete freedom to do your own thing which is something that when shooting for a client isn't necessarily as readily available as when you're shooting exclusively for yourself.
I mean you have freedom it's your work but when working with your client you are shooting for them, it’s for their portfolio, for their images so it's ALWAYS 95 percent for your client and 5% for you.
Another option would be to hook up with somebody to shoot as a “collaboration” this way, you really have so much more you can explore. This is a great opportunity for growth. It's the same when shooting self-portraits, it took me around 12 months of shooting myself over a few different locations to not be completely frozen in front of the camera or suffer some form of extreme anxiety. It was painful.. I’m not gonna lie!
Even now there is so much more I can and could do to explore more and push the boundaries. It's an ongoing process. Self portraiture took years to gradually get used to. I'm not even kidding you!! For someone who loves taking pictures, I often use it as a platform for self expression it was a genuine challenge for me and one that I did struggle with. But after all of the struggle.. .. I ultimately made progress. And so can you. You can never compare yourself to other people because your kind of “progress” will be different to somebody else’s kind of progress. What you struggle with they may find easy! but likewise on the flip side, what they struggle with! you might find really easy, so never compare yourself.
Direction is not always linear. Direction can be higgledy piggildy, round and about.. But it's ultimately always achieving “progress” You’re learning, growing and evolving.
My direction has changed a few times over the last 6 years and as an artist I think it's a natural progress for us, one which enables us to pave our own way authentically.
Because ultimately authenticity is what sets our work apart & makes it completely original. Yve x
Seeing the world 🌎 through a new perspective. Or "filtering"
I chose a loooong, long time ago to fill my mind with thoughts that are gonna lift me up & nourish me & find people who speak strength, INSPIRE change & radiate love.
So at a low moment you gotta make a choice, like you choose to protect your eyes from the sun by just wearing some UV glasses the same goes with your mind. We have gotta choose to filter out any negativity from around us and also from our own self talk!
I've always been a lover, I may not be perfect and I've done some things I regret, like I'm sure you have! But here's the thing.. my Good far outweighs my bad, like yours.. and anyone telling you different or that they've never made any mistakes or had troubles is frankly walking the fake path of holier-than-thou.
The thing is this.. your mistakes do not define you any more than you give them life or power to do so. Your negative thoughts, or thoughts of not being "enough" "not pretty enough".. "not knowing enough" "not working out enough" and "eating too many donuts enough 😜"
Also for the people you find trying to rub your nose in your flaws... please babe, this says Wayy, Way more about them, than it does about you! (by the way)
Friend.. shaking off the dust and filtering the crap out of our lives is not being blind to the fact that problems do exist and are out there!.. We are just choosing our own visions and the way we look at the 🌎 It matters!
Choosing to surround ourselves with enriching moments and people is a way of filtering & protecting our minds from any negativity. I choose to fill my space with good energies 🙏✨
Choosing our thoughts should be like choosing true friends. 😘
I choose Love 💌 Yve x
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Lodging with my family after my divorce has been a blessing during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I really feel for the people that live alone, having done a family holiday this summer I decided to have a week on my own at the beginning of September.. imagining all kinds of peace, tranquility and opportunity for introspection, book reading, relaxing and just overall rejuvenation of spirit I actually found i had the complete opposite experience!
I was lonely.. it was too quiet.. left alone in isolation with ones own thoughts is okay for a while, but after a few days I believe it can have the opposite effect.
We are all naturally social creatures, humanity i mean which is why when they put the hardest and most cruel criminals into isolation it reduces them to a crying mess.
As the Bible says, no (wo)man should be alone. As this new wave of pandemic hits us, hold tightly on to your immediate bubble. Reach out to friends online, community is everything. We are stronger, happier and more fulfilled when we're together. I'm here for you friend. Yve x #togetherstronger
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Can I be honest with you? Many people assume I am a photographer because I am passionate about photography... Although that is one reason! I really do what I do because it allows me to give back to what really matters.
There are a million reasons why I love to do what I do, but this (below) is what really lights me up. Was this piece of honesty “too real” or do you like to see “behind the curtain” of my business? Send me a DM and let me know!
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Saw this quote today so thought I'd share! It's so, so true. Regardless of anything that happens to you, love is all that matters.
"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation"
Love people even if they hurt you.
Love people even if they hate on you,
Love your life,
Love the opportunities you have,
Love your opportunity for growth,
Love the gift of waking up this morning 🌄
Love your Freedom,
Love the mistakes you make for they teach you again and again,
Love your ability to choose love over hate.
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📸 by moi 🌌 the moon and Venus on the 14th September 2020.
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