Love and Passion

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Last night I watched a short interview by Brian Williams with Annie Leibovitz  and then later with David Letterman. Both interviews were WAYYY too short for me. On my bucket “to do list” is to attend a workshop where she would be talking or TEACHING (better yet)! My guess would be that people like me would’ve really enjoyed listening about her life’s craft.

With her gruff voice and kindness to her interviewer, she resembled any ordinary woman who is passionate and loves what she does. She explained that when she reflected on particular images she realized that her photographs held power and told a story beyond what she initially felt.


I know it sounds cliche` to want to capture moments in time, but from the very deepest creative squiggly parts of me, that’s how I feel.  In particular the last 5 years, I have set myself on a path to thoughtfully be in the moment and really soak in the beauty of the day (or night– see above photo); examine the ordinary and realize it was extraordinary or celebrate the imperfect. Night images have an eerie feel to them don’t they?

When bad bad things have come into my life I try to asking myself what am I suppose to be learning or paying attention to?  Photographing people, animals or nature helps me review that far too fleeting moment and say “ooooh that’s what I saw.”  Revisiting an image shows something entirely new I might not have seen in the beginning.  And best of all, photography allows me to revisit special moments again and again.


Like most photographers, we are not comfortable in front of the camera. I joke how my children probably didn’t really know what I looked like without a camera in front of my face. Even Annie Leibovitz was uncomfortable when David Letterman wanted to take her photo.

My wonderful photography friends that I “play” with weekly (Prompt Addicts), encouraged us this past week to break out of our comfort zone and get in the photo.  I was horrified!  Really… I moaned and groaned out loud.  Then I grabbed my camera and took way too many photos of the floor, ceiling or parts of my head or hands, trying to get a “selfie”. I finally settled on one and posted it in our group.

This was a big step for me.

After reuniting with my camera 5 years ago, I realized there have been many BIG steps for me.  And while I am still on my journey pursuing the “Happy Accident– called Serendipity”. That’s joy rising!

(thanks to Jason Eiting for this photo) Yes, that is moi in that silly purple rain coat. *sigh*

During the past couple of weeks I have been on a “heavenly” photographic  adventure.  Seattle changed my life.

 2 days flew by in warp speed. I could not slow it down, no matter how hard I tried.  Our time was spent with people who have the same passion as mine.  They love searching for beauty. They love their art.  They inspired and taught me. Words fall very flat when I try to express how we connected and blessed I felt; their hearts spoke to mine. I look forward to more time with them soon! But in the mean time I am thankful for a new connection with them via a small thing called the internet 🙂

Be sure and find the beauty in your every day life.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!”  Wayne Dyer


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November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Photography | 20 comments


20 responses to “Love and Passion”

  1. Claudie says:

    WOW, a picture of the photographer extraordinaire!!! I LOVE IT.
    So glad you had a fab time in Seattle gf. Look at all of you with your cameras, and Juliet and you in your cool leopard coats. Who said you weren’t a fashionista??
    Keep looking for all that beauty, but don’t look to far, it’s staring you in the face : )

  2. Claudie says:

    Man I hate it when I spell “TOO” wrong, sorry

  3. jeanne says:

    Hi my dear friend, I have been thinking of you so much and wondering how you are doing. I am ready to go to bed but decided to say hello to you first. AND… look what I found. I love your selfie pic. You look very pretty. good job.

    We watched the Annie Liebovitz show too. I love her and her photography is awesome. She is a lovely person and her take on photography was so interesting. I can see why you admire her Claudia.

    I love the photo of you and your friends all shooting some photos. I am so glad you connected with them.

    I truly wish we could just had more time together. I miss you. I am so glad you enjoyed time with Julie. I hope all is well with you.
    Love you,

  4. Hi Precious Claudia, I love this post – was wondering how the trip went in Seattle – sure wish I could’ve been on it with you. I see Julie on the ground with her cheetah print outfit. 🙂 Too cute. I heard you met my son Peter…he flew home today and his relationship with his girlfriend ended…I think for good. He is devastated, as one can imagine. It’s 1:37am, he just phoned to tell us he was going to a motel for the night…and that he’d see us here at our place sometime tomorrow. Please say a prayer for his safety. I’m being a mom and am worried about him… 🙁 Please pray that God uses this time in his life to draw him closer to HIM. Love ya friend! xoxo

  5. You have that eye..the kind of eye that sees what the heart feels..what a gift! 😀

  6. wendy says:

    I saw that episode when Annie was on Letterman. wow….photography is quite an art and a sense of creative spirit (which I have zero)
    I think you’re photos are beautiful. Everything I have seen. I loved how on our summer breeze trip, CC and Julie were glued to their cameras, looking for what seemed quite insignificant, yet they turn into something amazing.
    I am glad you get to express yourself that way.
    big hug

  7. I love your photos and I like the purple coat too.
    What a blessing that you are able to enjoy your passions!

  8. LaVoice says:

    A camera can capture so many different and interesting things will take your mind of problems. I never leave home without mine anymore.

  9. Pat says:

    Hello Claudia!

    It has been way too long since I’ve had a chance to come by your blog. I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately and computer time is minimal. It is so nice to see you pursuing your passion for photography with this wonderful group of people.You look so pretty in your self portrait..never be shy to show off your beautiful face and smile.

    Wishing you a very joyful Thanksgiving!

  10. janel says:

    So fun to find your blog, and I am looking forward to sharing your excitement about life with all of the “prompt addicts”.

  11. Grace says:

    what a fabulous picture of yourself!! You look wonderful. I am glad you had a great time and found “your people”! lol It is so wonderful meeting new people and people with the same hobbies and interests make it extra special. You have a big heart for all different kinds of friends! Hope all is well and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Grace xoox

  12. Deanna says:

    Oh I love that you found your trip to Seattle so wonderful. And I too would LOVE to hear Annie L speak or teach. That would be heaven… You do have a wonderful eye for telling beautiful stories, ones that we can reflect on again and again. Hugs

  13. Just reread this post Claudia…I’m so glad you decided to take the challenge to get in FRONT of your camera – I love the shot of you with the cam! 😉

  14. Dotti says:

    Isn’t she just wonderful? Such an inspiration to us wanna be photographers!

  15. Jacque says:

    I love,love, love your self portrait. I think you should use it on your blog.

  16. Linda says:

    Love the selfies here!
    Yes, it would be interesting to hear Anne L! She shot the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Rolling Stone cover 3 hours before he was killed. incredible.

  17. Terri Porter says:

    Love this post, Claudia! Glad to have been a small part of getting you out of your comfort zone. The end result was definitely worth it! Love hearing more about your Seattle trip and how closely it resembled how I felt about my trip. So great to be in the company of like minded people with the same passion. Hope you get to do it again!

  18. susan says:

    Loved that interview with Annie! What talent. Her new book is on my Christmas wish list. Lovely photos as always sweet Claudia!

  19. I’ve seen Miss L. on talk shows…she is amazing! What we couldn’t learn from her expert knowledge. Some people are just blessed with talent!

    Deborah in NC

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