It’s All About Photos

July 10, 2018
little boy and beach huts, Norfolk

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 – ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m just sharing some photos, ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

A cold and misty day at Castle Ashby – April 2018

a misty day in spring - Castle Ashby

A journey to Lisse to find tulips and inspiration – April 2018

tulip fields in Lisse

A magical evening in the bluebell woods – May 2018

little boys in the bluebells at golden hour

a picnic in the bluebells

bluebells at golden hour

A family holiday in Norfolk – May 2018

family by a beach hut at wells next the sea

little boys and their puppy at wells next the sea

family portrait at wells next the sea

happy boys and a beach hut

Golden hour in a meadow of daisies – June 2018

golden daisies

golden hour in the daisies

golden hour daisies

A weekend with shepherds huts and chickens – June 2018

little boy and a chicken

boys in a meadow

little boy feeding chicken

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Ali July 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    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

  • Reply Sally - my custard pie July 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    And the honesty and words are beautiful. Stay true to your instincts Hannah, thatโ€™s what makes your work so compelling and inspiring.

  • Reply Rhonda July 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Love love love your photos. Thank You. <3

  • Reply Jo Yee July 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Aw Hannah, your photos of your boys make me smile! And all that you’ve said, my heart feels xx

  • Reply Georgie July 10, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Your photos speak for themselves. Thereโ€™s so many beautiful moments and words within them and thatโ€™s enough. They are so beautiful you shouldnโ€™t feel pressured to do anything else. xx

  • Reply Tanya July 11, 2018 at 7:18 am

    You donโ€™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.

  • Reply Rebecca July 11, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I think itโ€™s completely fine to share images over words. In truth itโ€™s always the visuals that draw me in and I donโ€™t want to read too many words. Even beautiful ones. Iโ€™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 donโ€™t fit in IG or need more space.

  • Reply Rachel July 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Ah Hannah these images are gorgeous. You always create such a lovely calm mood, whatever else is going on in the world. Youโ€™re right, thereโ€™s too much pressure to be everything for everyone, why not just concentrate your energy on where your many talents are?

  • Reply Alexandra July 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Your words mean so much to me! I think you don`t have to write more as you did here โ™ฅ Enjoy your summer… Alexandra

  • Reply Linda Vincent July 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Your beautiful photos speak volumes Hannah; donโ€™t feel any pressure to write essays. When I see lots of text on an IG or blog post I have to confess I donโ€™t always read to the end ๐Ÿ™ˆ Your post will ring true with many of us Iโ€™m sure.

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