Be Still…Photography Therapy

Updated On: Oct 03, 2023

Vintage Molds |

Life has been a little crazy for me lately.  Words like “I don’t have time” flow from my mouth like water.  Running three businesses can be a struggle especially when it comes to the “T” word.  One of the things that brings me back to centered is photography, especially still life.

Just before writing this post, my husband came in for breakfast.  He popped his head around the corner into the dining room to find me crouched down with my camera in my hand snapping shots of crusty old silverware.

Vintage Silverware |

I just needed a minute to stop thinking about graphics, labels, website design, blah blah blah and just focus on beauty.  We started talking about our daily “stuff” and he stopped me mid sentence and said “you sure seem happier at this moment”.  He was right.  I was happier.  I was smiling, dancing in the kitchen with our dog, Khloe, and just generally exuding joy.  Note to self: stop a bit more often and do the things you love because it makes you happy.

Well Worn Roasting Dish & Spoon |

The recipe for today is this:

  1. Stop and smell the roses (or snap shots of crusty props)
  2. Do it often

Mix 1 & 2 together and stir well to combine.  Repeat daily.

I am trying to get better about taking time for myself.  Even if it means the list of to-do’s will be longer or that phone calls will just have to go to voicemail.  Having clarity, focus and joy can help you achieve more, faster.  I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “Put a little pep in your step”.  That’s what I’m doing…add a dash of pep.

Hey!  Thanks for listening to me ramble today.  Sharing what’s on my plate was freeing.  🙂

Make today awesome!

All props were purchased at garage sales or thrift stores.

Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Kris - Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts says:

    Great “recipe”!

  2. Sheila @Eat2gather says:

    I’m getting a theme in the blog posts I’m reading today…that I need to settle down, take a break, and do what I love and forget the rest. Thanks for sharing. You are so talented! love these pics I want them on my kitchen wall!!!

  3. Shelby | Diabetic Foodie says:

    Taking time away from the to-do list, the phone, emails, etc. is so important. Glad you’ve figured out what you love to do.

  4. So important. I’m glad you found a moment for true happiness today 🙂

  5. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Glad that you are doing what makes you happy! 🙂 Love the prop shots!

  6. Rachel Cooks says:

    Love this. Love you.

  7. Kentuckylady717 says:

    I think a lot of it is some people always on their phones, texting or talking, playing those silly games….you need a life….put that up and do what ever you have to do is what I say 🙂 I haven’t been on computer in several days more than about an hr. and not on at all yesterday, and just now found time to get on for a bit….into housecleaning…..moving everything in each room and vac,& wipingd down, taking all drawers out of dressers, chest, nite stands and cleaning them out too…..already did the kitchen…..would I rather be doing this than on the computer ? You got to be kidding…..I love checking my blogs and FB everyday, but when there’s things to do, I leave it go and do what needs to be done…..and I don’t make any phone calls or receive any…..only from my kids….thank you very much…..the other calls can wait…..Just sayin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  8. lisathebearfootbaker says:

    I am so glad you said this! I was sick for a few days and come back completely overwhelmed! I love taking pictures and have been so busy behind the scenes that I forgot how much fun it is. I will start snapping pictures in the morning! Thanks for the reminder!!!!!

  9. Abbe@This is How I Cook says:

    I must tell you…that is a fabulous shot of silverware. Take some more!

  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    You are so right. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the craziness life throws at us.

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