Reflect…..

What is the definition of reflect?


To think, ponder or meditate quietly or calmly about…{something}.
To self-reflect is to examine one’s past, present and a look into the future.

Quite often, I reflect on the paths I have taken, where I am and where I want to be.  I have experienced hurts, pains, disappointments, betrayal but as equally I have received immeasurable love, support, and blessings from my family and friends especially of my husband for 11 years and my 4 blessings blooming.  The scars have shaped me, the hurt and pain have strengthened me and the blessings have pulled me through and through during my darkness and miseries.  God has graced me much more than I deserve to have such a beautiful growing family with a business that I’m inspired to grow one day at a time.  I have overcome many hurdles along my photography journey to get where I am.  I’m learning and pushing forward no matter what.  I know that there are people who believe in me, believe in what I do and so I’m focusing my energy on learning and creating beautiful images, and bringing beautiful piece of art and heirloom into homes and families.

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This year, I made a promise to myself to bring balance into my daily life.  Here are a few things that I am doing:

Personal Goals

  1. Read and reflect a bible verse each day
  2. Take care of myself so that I can take care of others especially my husband and my 4 children by exercising at least every other day, eat well and make myself look presentable at all time.
  3. Choose joy no matter what and always know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  4. Volunteer and do community service
  5. Develop professionally by keep on learning so I can grow my business and genuinely network with people.
  6. Let live and let it go
  7. Go out and meet with others
  8. Put myself out there and not be afraid of judgement.
  9. Enjoy beautiful things, sing a little, dance a little, laugh out loud and cry a little if I must.
  10. Last but not least, appreciate myself knowing that I DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Professional goals:

  1. Attend at least one photography state/national conference
  2. Complete my 365 days project (a photo a day) to push my boundaries and go out of my comfort zone.
  3. Document once a month my family via video using different techniques, post it on youtube and sending it out to critique via circle of friends, check out my January 2018 Video 
  4. Participate in monthly blog circle
  5. Participate in insta loops
  6. Lead a photography project
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This photo is courtesy of Jojo, my oldest son.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I’m excited to be writing and photographing about “REFLECT”  with a group of talented photographers as part of the blog circle of “Project Something Beautiful.”  My feature photo was captured using double exposure, and the last one was captured with a technique called freelense.  Check out Britney Wharton Photography for per piece on REFLECT.  See you next month

“THE FOUR HEAVENLY FOUNTAINS
Laugh, I tell you

And you will turn back

The hands of time.

Smile, I tell you
And you will reflect
The face of the divine.

Sing, I tell you
And all the angels will sing with you!

Cry, I tell you
And the reflections found in your pool of tears
Will remind you of the lessons of today and yesterday
To guide you through the fears of tomorrow.”

– Suzy Kassem –

 

2018 January

January Photo Gallery

I challenge myself to do a photo a day then published it in this gallery.  I have different prompts every day or at least every week so that I can get familiar with different techniques.

This month’s prompts: lowlight, freelensing, rule of third, compassion, lights and shadow, in the frame, self-portrait, teaching & learning together, brothers, out of focus, morning snuggle, step by step, celebration, season – winter theme, backlight, curiosity, negative space, what I see, imagination, bath time, play time, run away, reflect, double exposure.  So far my most favorites were lowlight, freelensing, teaching and learning, and double exposure.  Double exposure, lowlight were very challenging, freelensing is quite difficult too but I’m getting the hang of it.

Continue reading “2018 January”

Life as it is…

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This month on the blog for “6 on the 6th blog circle“, I’m writing about a man that I happened to run into.  After you are done reading my blog, please check out LoveMammarazzi to see what she’s sharing today on this blog circle.

On May 19, 2016, after meeting with a friend for lunch, I was in a hurry trying to get home in time for the kiddos to be home from the school.  It was pouring outside.  As I was entering the freeway, I noticed a man with plastic bag over his head trying to run but I could tell he wasn’t strong enough to make a quick run for such rain.  I slowed down, rolled down the window.  I was going to give him my umbrella but when I saw his face with a big smile, I immediately knew that I had to give the man a lift.  I asked where he lives and he said it was just down the street, the man pointed ahead saying it’s only a few blocks away and that he’s fine just walking.  I told him to hop in and I’ll give him a lift home.  He introduced himself as “Jose”.  I asked who he lives with and he said “nobody”.  He said that he’s staying in the shed with a family and that he has no family.  He finds jobs here and there to make a living and that he took the boat, the train and car to get to Texas.  He always had a smile on his face.  He asked what is it that I do.  I told him that I’m a photographer.  He asked me if I could take some pictures for him, then he said not right away because it is raining right now.  When I got to where he stayed, I asked him if I could take a few photos of him and where he lived, he was excited about that.  As soon as I saw where he lived, this overwhelming feeling came over me.  It’s truly not a living condition.  Although his living condition isn’t ideal, Jose always showed a great smile on his face.  He told me that nobody ever took pictures of him.  He never had any pictures taken when he was a little child either.  Even with the rain pouring down, he offered to walk me to the car.  I told him not to worry about me, I can get to the car by myself.  Jose’s living condition reminds me of how fortunate my life is.  I sometimes complain about little things that do not go my way and they are not even that important after seeing him.   He’s a pure example of “happiness is within,” it is not materialistic, it is something that you must recognize and that even under the worst circumstances, happiness can be found.  Jose, it was my honor to meet you and for gifting me a valuable lesson in life.

 

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