When I started my photography business back in 2014, I struggled to find a business name that fit me. I didn’t want to use my own name. It just didn’t seem to have the flow that I was looking for. I tried to find something that wasn’t to cheesy, and that gave people a sense of the type of photography that I wanted to do. So I came up with The Simple Things in Life. It fit. I am a simple person. I enjoy the realness of families and couples. I didn’t (and still don’t) use a lot of props or staging for my clients. I think that the beauty lies within who you are, not with what I add to the photograph. I still have these same beliefs that I had just a few years ago.
So what has changed?
Well, first, my style of photography has changed. A lot. When I began, I tried to hard to imitate the other photographers that I was seeing. The poses they were doing, the props they were using (which went against my whole belief in style), because I thought that is what people wanted. Over the years, I have continued to learn from those photographers, but I have figured out what works for me. SImplicity. Just you, me and the camerWhen I started my photography business back in 2014, I struggled to find a business name that fit me. I didn’t want to use my own name. It just didn’t seem to have the flow that I was looking for. I tried to find something that wasn’t to cheesy, and that gave people a sense of the type of photography that I wanted ta. Even my newborn photography, represents a sense of simplicity. Neutral colors, no props, no fancy poses that a baby could never get themselves into but yet we try to manipulate them into anyways. Simple and organic has become my style. Real emotion has become my style.
Over the past few years, I have found myself doing a lot of thinking, not about me (well that’s sort of a lie) but about people. What makes them tick? What makes them giggle? What makes them experience that from-the-gut laugh that makes everyone around them laugh too? What makes them blush? What makes them cry? I have been inspired with this thinking because of people like Jesh De Rox, a world renowned photographer and speaker, and Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York. In the coming weeks I will have a blog post up to explain these two amazing people in a little more detail, but they have helped guide my thoughts on all of this the past few years.
I have been doing a lot of thinking of myself (I told you it was a lie) and my family. I am the type of person that thrives off of change. Those that work with me in my classroom know that every week my class is going to be set up a little different than it was before. The desks may be in a different pattern, the walls may look a little different, even my teaching may vary from lesson to lesson. My husband, at home, never really knows what he is going to come home to! Will we still have all of the pieces of furniture in the living room in the evening that we had this morning? Will it be located in the same spot it was before? Is he going to be able to find where the office supplies are when he has to jot down a few notes? I love change. I love wondering what will happen when one element is added or taken away from circumstances. How will that affect the overall feeling?
I wonder about my family all the time. Of course with my kids, who I am sure will be the topic of many blog posts to come, I wonder what was going through their heads when they thought that it was a good idea to do ________ (insert any of their crazy antics here)? I wonder how they got to be so smart. I wonder what they will make of themselves as they grow older. I wonder what I can do to make things easier for them, to give them all the things that they want, but not spoil them too much. Most importantly, I wonder if I am doing this whole parenting thing right.
I wonder a lot.
I was browsing through Pinterest one day when I saw a board for wanderlust, the strong desire to travel. Of course that got me thinking. About travel. Where would I like to go? When will I ever be able to take these amazing vacations that I have planned in my head? That is when it hit me. I have wonderlust, the love of wonder. It sounded silly, it didn’t really make sense, but to me it was perfect. It was me. Therefor, Inwonderlust began.
As I was working on my new website the other day, my 8 year old, also a constant wonderer of many things, asks, “What does Inwonderlust mean?”
As I was trying to figure out how to explain this to her, my 6 year old says, “oh, does it mean a sense of wonder? Like you like to think about things a lot?”
How did he know that?!
“Why yes it does Landon. Yes. It. Does”
So there you have it. The short(ish) version of the change. What do you think?
Leave me a note or a comment. What do you find yourself wondering about? What is your _____lust?