The Little Things

I started April’s 365 Project out by saying I was going to do free mini portrait sessions for my friends. A different person every day. It really was going great until the last 4 days of the month. I had trouble lining someone up, plans changed, people were busy. I got really stressed. I had to complete the month. I had to finish what I started.

I’m too¬† much of a perfectionist sometimes.

The problem with it this time was after a couple days of this scrambling stress to find someone willing to pose for me I started to not want to pick up the camera. I wasn’t having fun anymore. I wanted to take a break. I was so irritated with this unusual frustration that I started to shut down a bit. When I get over-stressed I tend to focus on only the negative things, the lack of training I have, the technical questions rattling around in my brain. I start to question why I’m doing this.

I had to push through it and make myself edit a session and write this blog post. There are a couple pictures here that I love. More than love. There are some pictures in this set that I’m super proud of. I was starting to feel much better about myself.

And then that night, Gavin and I were flipping through my iPhone pictures and came across this photo….. and suddenly all the stress went away. A random capture on my iPhone. Something so simple about everything in this photo and I feel like I got myself realigned.

There is something super liberating by setting a goal – taking a picture every day – and realizing that sometimes, things will happen and you won’t reach it. I didn’t take a picture yesterday, didn’t pick up my camera at all. I didn’t even use my iPhone to take a picture.

You know what…. It’s going to be ok, because it’s the little things that matter. The tiny details in having fun at the playground with my kids. The realization that I am doing what I love and will keep trudging along when I feel bad.

About Danielle Nielsen

I am a photographer who loves to bring out the best in you and your life. Capturing those little moments that make you special are my favorite. I am an "on location" photographer and available for travel anywhere you'd like photos taken.
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5 Responses to The Little Things

  1. Beth Barter says:

    As I should of expected, Just sat to look at a few pictures and here I sit an hour later. Just perfect Danielle!!! Your comments make me smile and cry. Your beauty shines thru your camera lense.Your photos are truly a reflection of the person behind the camera as much as they capture whats in front of the camera. Thank u for sharing!

  2. Tami Griffis says:

    I was looking for what I missed at the end of the month with your month of portraits and just read your blog. I have to say I would have given up a long time ago. And I’m glad to see that even when you did reach that point you were able to overcome and find your joy. That’s one of the things I love about you. I’m always confident that your good sound common sense will always win out, your ability to see whats really important.

  3. Alan says:

    Amen sis.

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