Saturday, October 23, 2010

what makes you happy


Do you ever have photos that just make you smile inside? This one does for me. While the bright colors and interesting composition of these tiny flowers in the Barcelona flower market were the inspiration to take this photo, it's the inspiration that came from the photo itself that is the story for me. Because this image made me happy, I posted it on my blog, and was surprised at the response. I got quite a few comments, even from people who had never commented before. Turns out it made a lot of other people happy too! This became the photo where I really and truly realized that when I follow what makes me happy in my photography, what inspires me, I can make other people happy. I can inspire them. My photography can connect with others in a way I never expected.

I find it amazing that there is such power in a simple photo. The words of Ruff Edge Design for her photo tell another way a photo can inspire: "This is the image I chose for the first iteration of my website. I have this photo framed, and when I take the time to notice it, I see it at the top of the stairs, and I smile. I never considered myself a photographer, never thought I'd be any good at it, but this photo gave me hope. It told me that I have potential."

Potential, indeed! When we follow what makes us happy, what inspires us, wonderful things happen.

Kat of The Kat Eye View of the World

A Turning Point
A Turning Point by Ruff Edge Design

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Today's giveaway is to share my "happy" with you! I'm giving away a set of my "Favorite Flowers" postcards, of  five flower images from my travels around Europe that have made me happy. You can see where they are from here. Make sure to leave comments on the three Mortal Muses sites during the 9 Days of Inspiration to enter.  Each comment equals an entry.  Good Luck!

39 comments:

blue elephant photography said...

i love giveaways! and i love the flower photos especially they do make me happy =)

Haley said...

Such very beautiful flowers!

And Miles To Go... said...

that very colorful photo makes me smile too. Beautiful.

urban muser said...

such beautiful flower shots! they both make me happy.

Debby said...

Beautiful colorful pictures. My favorite is the flower on the step.

ruffedgedesign said...

Thank you, Kat. I agree with you about the power of photos. I love the way your very colorful flowers contrast with the white cones. My mom used to have tiny flowers, exactly like those, in a little vase in the dining room, so your photo makes me especially happy.

Oliag said...

I am not surprised that many people commented on this flower photo...it is joy itself! And I thoroughly enjoyed visiting each of your posts that display your flower postcards...love each and every post and photo:)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

So many people are afraid of color when it comes to decorating. Just look to nature and photos like these to see how well colors actually harmonize with each other.

Laurie said...

When I look at your beautiful photos I think I would love to do that. But mine don't seem to have the passion or beauty that yours do. So I will just really enjoy your photos and spare myself the brain damage!

gina said...

Kat, you have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you for generously sharing your unique perspective.

Enchanticals said...

So beautiful... Great picks and wonderful photos. Enchanticals

Marie Rush said...

Beautiful!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Gorgeous photos. Color ALWAYS makes me happy!

Jenny said...

Those colorful flowers make me smile!

Chelsea said...

It is such a happy photo. I love when you see a photo and you are just struck by it. You don't always know WHAT stirs up that feeling, but I think that is why it is so important to have a community of photographers who can inspire you, and make you happy with their photos. Thanks for sharing this pop of color for today :)

holly { Soupatraveler } said...

Ruff Edge's words were so touching. What a wonderful choice to inspire all of us! Kat, I can see why your shot makes people happy, b/c its deliriously happy!

Jamie said...

Beautiful photos - but more than that I love the hopefulness of the post - we can inspire each other through simple and beautiful means.

Karen said...

Spectacular Colors. Eye candy for sure!

Kari Desi said...

It's true, bright colored flowers = happy!

April said...

Both of these images make me happy :)

Purnima@a creative project said...

Your pictures are awesome and fresh!!!

Jenny C said...

Whoa Kat! I didn't know you had postcards made! If I don't win a set, will you at least write to me on one? I love the featured picture - totally adorable.

maureen said...

Wonderful photos Kat, such vibrant colors, both photos made me smile immediately. I love your idea of following your heart and making connections with others through doing what makes us happy. Following your heart is usually the key, isn't it?
♥mo

gnubee said...

beautiful photography always makes me happy

Rachel said...

the bright colors make me feel happy! love the one in barcelona.

Jan said...

Yep, colors make me smile.
And whimsy :)
You nailed both!

angelandspot said...

Beautiful!

Sharon said...

The colors in that first photo are fantastic! Certainly makes me happy...

journeyswithasimplegirl said...

The colors in these two images are so full to the brim with energy and radiance, shots like these just make one feel so good!

Christina said...

the rain drops on the petal are beautiful. i love the rich colors as well.

and these cards are absolutely gorgeous! they are sure to sheer anyone up!
xo

Emma said...

Ah, lovely colors! Lovely flowers! Yum.

Meghan said...

So, so, so pretty!

Heather aka Htekmo said...

Thanks for the Happy!

AnnGeeDee said...

I love color in my photos too - the brighter the better and they always make me happy.

Jennifer said...

Those colors are superb!

Amy P. said...

mmm.. I can smell the flowers from here... :0)

Kirstin Mckee said...

Photos that make me happy are just the best! And these both made me smile. Thanks. x

Rita said...

Yes, the flowers do make one happy! Love the photos!! :)

Jessica Stier said...

I love flowers. I love happiness. I love color. Today is a day of love. :)

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