Photos come easier, even when they don’t come that easily, they are easier than words. In fact, I haven’t written anything for a really long time. For this, there are all sorts of reasons, but the outcome has been that I’ve just had nothing I felt was worth saying.
I’ve just about managed captions on Instagram and I’ve published the odd post here to pay the bills, but the pressure to write some wonderfully wisdom-full words became too much. I was putting a burden on myself to keep building my business and my brand, when in reality I had more important thing to focus on. So in the end I completely let myself off the hook – I pushed it aside and got on with doing the things I could manage to do in order to stay afloat.
I’ve had a few messages in this time, from people who had read posts I’d written a year or two ago and who’d found them really useful. I told one of these people I felt bad that I hadn’t written anything new for so long, and she replied what I hadn’t written didn’t matter, it’s what I had written that was important. That was rather lovely of her and gave me a real boost of confidence.
The reason I started this blog was to have a space all of my own, that Instagram and Facebook couldn’t infiltrate. Where I couldn’t be nagged to watch someone’s live video or to pay to promote my post. I loved having somewhere to share more images, and expand on those memories which didn’t feel too safe in Instagram’s hands. It’s always been about the photography. I never planned to be a writer, or a YouTuber, or a snap chatter, and yet these days to be an Instagrammer seems to involve being all of these things.
And so here I am, beginning again. Not writing, no not writing anything at all 😉 I’m just sharing some photos, the happy ones, the ones that I want to remember. The ones that show my journey so far through this year. I’ll make no promises as to what will come next – we’ll all have to wait and see 🙂 xx
A cold and misty day at Castle Ashby – April 2018
A journey to Lisse to find tulips and inspiration – April 2018
A magical evening in the bluebell woods – May 2018
A family holiday in Norfolk – May 2018
Golden hour in a meadow of daisies – June 2018
A weekend with shepherds huts and chickens – June 2018
I can relate to this so very much – in this day and age, the pressure to do everything, to be everywhere online – all at once – is enormous. Taking pictures and letting them speak without the need for words, that is where I am happiest too. x
And the honesty and words are beautiful. Stay true to your instincts Hannah, that’s what makes your work so compelling and inspiring.
I, too, feel it is about the photos. That is why I left Facebook for instagram. I love the instant gratification of flipping through the photos and how they make my heart sing. They take me to a different place. It’s a feeling of calm. No over stimmulation. No pressure to feel I need to read a long post (besides, I have already done too much reading and writing at work). I just want to take in the beauty of the photographs. There is enough pressure put on us from outside sources on a daily basis. We don’t need to add to that but thinking we should do this, we should do that; overthinking about the what we THINK other people want from us (we are often wrong in our assumptions anyways!) A thought is just a thought, it is not necessarily true or false. Let’s choose our thoughs carefully 🙂 Love love love your photos. Thank You. <3
Aw Hannah, your photos of your boys make me smile! And all that you’ve said, my heart feels xx
Your photos speak for themselves. There’s so many beautiful moments and words within them and that’s enough. They are so beautiful you shouldn’t feel pressured to do anything else. xx
You don’t need words. Your pictures are pure perfection on their own. What an amazing talent. Your kids are so lucky to have you to capture all these memories.
I think it’s completely fine to share images over words. In truth it’s always the visuals that draw me in and I don’t want to read too many words. Even beautiful ones. I’ve returned to blogging recently, I love writing but really want my blog to be more about a place to post my images. The ones that tell a story and perhaps don’t fit in IG or need more space.
Ah Hannah these images are gorgeous. You always create such a lovely calm mood, whatever else is going on in the world. You’re right, there’s too much pressure to be everything for everyone, why not just concentrate your energy on where your many talents are?
Your words mean so much to me! I think you don`t have to write more as you did here ♥ Enjoy your summer… Alexandra
Your beautiful photos speak volumes Hannah; don’t feel any pressure to write essays. When I see lots of text on an IG or blog post I have to confess I don’t always read to the end 🙈 Your post will ring true with many of us I’m sure.