When it comes to helping me find my inspiration, nothing works as well for me as the unpredictability of my dogs, the sweet smile of our youngest son, and the vibrant pops of color that Florida living provides... for me, it is the perfect photographic trifecta.
It also doesn't hurt to let your son eat popsicles at 8 am to capture the morning light and essence of summer fun. The kiss distraction and popsicle stealing was unplanned but provided me with my favorite photograph to date. It makes my heart warm to see the genuine love of a dog for his boy... and a dog for a stolen treat.
Since my photograph was taken for Day One of Picture Summer, a photo e-course with Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters... a source of true inspiration to all female photographers, it makes me smile to present my selection from the Inspire Us flickr pool. The photo shown below is by Xanthe Berkeley, a Shutter Sister and fellow Picture Summer and Picture Fall participant.
The photographs and video of this amazing engagement photo shoot left me speechless and still has me completely inspired! It makes me tingly to think about how the people in the station must have felt to witness such love and fun.
"Vanessa & Leon’s engagement session at St. Pancras Station in London, UK. Leon proposed to Vanessa before they boarded the Eurostar to Paris in 2009, so it was the perfect setting to capture their romance before their wedding in October 2010. People in the station stopped, smiled and sighed sweetly at their happiness and at moments the whole station stood and cheered & whooped whenever he leaned in for a kiss. It was true joy photographing these darlings, I wish them all the happiness in the world." - Xanthe
Make sure to visit http://xantheberkeley.com/ and give her some love.
And if you still need additional inspiration, Tracey has generously donated a copy of their new book, Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart, to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment here telling us when the last time you were truly inspired by the signs of true love around you. Was it a subtle glance, a hidden message, or a joyful jump up and down declaration for the whole world to see?
Make sure to visit today's special guest, Jožica Rade of Creatissmo Lab on the More Musing page.
Until next week, stay inspired. ♥ tammy of bliss and folly
vanessa & leon are in l.. o.. v.. e.. from xanthe berkeley on Vimeo.
We are having nine days of giveaways and special guests. We will be drawing the winners from the comments left during the entire 9 Days Of Inspiration from all three pages and announcing them in a special *muse flash* on October 31. Make sure to visit the Everyday Beauty and More Musing pages and comment each day for more chances to win.