3 Ways Photography Can Help You In Hard Times

How do you cope when times are hard?

Photography and the joy of creativity that comes with it has been a lifeline for me in tough times.

Whether it’s the daily grind of caring for kids or more challenging circumstances that elicit feelings of fear, loss, and grief, I’ve found photography to be a way for me to center myself on what’s good and lovely.

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Photography Helps Us Look For Beauty

When life doesn’t feel beautiful it helps me to go out and intentionally look for it.  I’m always surprised by how much beauty is still there when life feels dark.

A walk around the block with my camera reveals so much beauty I’d missed right around me, distracted by busyness and worries.

Getting out my camera and getting into nature forces me to look for beauty, find the light and practice gratitude for all the goodness in the world.

And gratitude and gratefulness always put me in a better frame of mind.

Photography Helps Relieve Stress

Photography helps me to focus on what’s right in front of me and tune out other thoughts.

A hike with my family and my camera in hand has the power to make me temporarily forget my worries and fears.

Just distraction?  Maybe.  But for me, it’s a healthy one.

And beautiful light always has the power to distract me in the best way possible.

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Photography As Self-Care

Photography has always been a way for me to care for myself. 

It’s the reason I learned photography in the first place – to have something for myself, a way to learn, grow and create, in the trenches of motherhood.

It helps me remember that my ordinary life is beautiful even when it’s hard.

In difficult times we’re called upon to care for others, sometimes in ways that feel impossibly hard.

But we can’t do that unless we fill our own well, unless we replenish our own souls.

Photography has been a gift in my life that helps me care for others with greater joy and love. 

What helps you in hard times?

If you’re in a hard season, this could be the perfect time to start learning something new and life-giving for yourself. 

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6 thoughts on “3 Ways Photography Can Help You In Hard Times”

  1. Funny – they say there are no coincidences. I have bee all over the internet and you tube for ideas and suggestions, and have even paid for a course which – while I did learn a few things – mostly left me confused. I just happened on. your website not to long ago and like how you share and teach photography. I particularly like your ideas on three ways. photography can help you in hard times. I feel the same way – I know this sounds contradictory but although I struggle with the concepts I at the same time find it very calming. My good photos are few and far between. I think just relaxing and enjoying the process instead of trying for perfect might help.

    • Hi, Cathy – so glad you’ve found me. I’m really happy to be a part of your photography journey. The learning curve can be steep at first but learning something new is also so rewarding, and a creative outlet is good for the soul.

  2. I really enjoy reading your things! I am new to photography and want to learn a lot of cool stuff I also have kids and I enjoy how u write bout your kids and family ! I love taking photos especially of my family and nature the camera is just hard to get use to it ! I can’t wait to read your new stuff and I was wondering the love painted in one of your photos where is that at ?? Thanks again for teaching what u know!

  3. Photography is also what I use for coping and refocusing. Lately, I’m feeling the need to learn more, understand better all the things that my cameras can do. I think you can help me with this, so I’m going to dive in to your lessons and, hopefully, under your guidance, improve my skills. Thanks, in advance.


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