Inspirations…#1. Amelia Lyon

I’ve learned most of what I know about photography from reading books in the library, researching photography on the internet and really… just using my camera and taking pictures.  I love looking at photographer’s websites and blogs for inspiration.  The same almost holds true for me in design except that most of what has inspired me in this area is my own experiences of not having exactly what i’m looking for or if it is…having to spend an arm or a leg to get it. I also find that I LOVE! things that express you (individually, as a family, or whatever the case may be)…I just gravitate towards that personal touch.

Recently, a flame was lit…I’ve been inspired. As I just shared in the earlier post, I am a mom.  Another thing about me you may not have known…my educational background is in biochemistry and psychology and I have a master’s in public health.  For the past 10 years, I’ve been either working in the non-profit sector and/or volunteering my time in it. My passion has always been people and wanting to help people. With my growing love for photography and design, I was hoping to combine photography & design with my heart to help/serve people in some way or another.  Recently browsing through these websites and blogs, I came across several photographers that are sharing their love of photography to helping others in different ways. These photographers have helped me to think outside the photography and design boundaries I had laid for myself. I can’t say I’ve figured out exactly what I’m going to do or would like to do with what I’m learning about photography, design and even who I am as a photographer or designer, but I can say that I’m excited to see how things will go.

Like my everyday muses, i’ll be sharing posts on these photographers, designers and others that inspire and encourage me in “Inspirations”.

So here’s one of my first “Inspirations”.  The first time I came across Amelia Lyon was a blog post she wrote about her dad entitled “missing my dad“.

Not only did I love her photographic style (some of her photos above), I also loved how she captured the tender moments and beauty of love and family in even the darkest of times.  You have to read the blog post and see the pictures to understand what I mean.   The power of this post to inspire was most evident in a later post titled  “Douglas…the strongest man alive” where Amelia share’s the story and photos of Douglas ( a man and father with ALS) and his family who had learned about Amelia’s dad and asked to have photos taken of Douglas and his family after they realized they haven’t taken any family pictures together.

Here begins my realization that people going through hard times (whether sickness, death,  financial difficulties, or whatever it may be) may have photos as one of the last things on their mind but what a gift for a family or friend to have.

Thank you Amelia for sharing your heart. You inspire me!

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