We document important days. As a mother, I feel like it’s one of my most important jobs: I’m in charge of making sure my kids have evidence of their childhoods when they are adults.
And so of course I make sure the camera is charged and ready on the first day of school.
“Your camera is working really well,” Jared says.
And I don’t even punch him, which I think is pretty cool of me.
What my husband doesn’t realize is that a) I am clearly a creative genius and b) two days before my kids went back to school, I stayed up well past my bedtime poring over a photography book. Thanks to that book, I woke up on back-to-school day not only inspired, but empowered and confident that I could do the day justice.
How a Photography Book Is Helping Me Be a Better Mom
When I asked Tracey Clark if I could send her a copy of my book, she asked if she could return the favor and send me a copy of her latest book. Of course I said yes, and Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood arrived in my mailbox a few days later.
I looked at the great big, beautiful book and immediately felt like I was in over my head.
I was met with encouragement, as well as practical advice. This book isn’t about how to become an award-winning photojournalist or a professional photographer. It is, instead, about how to capture your family’s story. It is about how to see what makes your story special and unique. It is about helping you recognize the details you’ll want to remember long after the current chapter has ended, but also celebrating the phase you’re right in the middle of before it passes you by.
It’s not just the special occasions and milestones.
I reached out to Tracey initially because her “elevate the everyday” philosophy resonated with me. It reminded me of my own passion for practicing gratitude. At the core, I think they are the same.
Elevate the Everday, I think, is a belief that a life is full of small moments and that it is our responsibility to recognize those moments. It is our gift, our privilege to hold up the seemingly insignificant so that they can be recognized for what they really are: the very essence of happiness.
You Can Learn to Elevate the Everyday
You don’t need a fancy camera to make the seemingly mundane remarkable. And you don’t need a book, or a class, or lessons to be mindful of the tiny moments that light you up.
But sometimes a book, or a class, or a lesson can give us a nudge. They can help us recognize the tools we have and make us feel better qualified to use them. They can teach us how to take what’s in our hearts and transfer them to papers that can be touched and passed down through generations.
Tracey is teaching a new 7-week course, Picture Everyday, designed to help you learn how to better elevate your everyday.
From the website:
Through 30 surprisingly powerful photo prompts, dozens of inspiring images and videos, and eight weeks of gentle encouragement, Tracey will help you elevate your everyday—and fill your soul with gratitude along the way. You’ll be focusing your lens on topics like Routine, Spaces, Places, Details, Connections, and Affections.
Your final week of class is an exclusive pass to Tracey’s upcoming self-paced class, A Photographer’s Guide to Project Life. Throughout the week, you’ll be inspired to select photos from the past seven weeks to display in a keepsake photo album.
This class is NOT just for parents. It’s for anyone who wants to learn more about elevating their own everyday. It’s for anyone who wants to turn their camera into a tool for recording gratitude.
Class starts September 12th and is $80. (Click here to register or find out more.)
One lucky reader is going to WIN A SPOT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH EVERYDAY CLASS.
I am so excited to be able to offer this. I know this experience will make one of you very happy not just during the class, but for as long as you continue to notice what’s special about your everyday life.
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck!
Tracey didn’t pay me to offer this giveaway. I received a free copy of her book and sent her one of mine. She is giving away a copy of An Amateur’s Guide to Happiness on her site today. Collaboration is a wonderful thing!