I am excited to share this guest post by the wonderful Beryl Young. Beryl is a photographer as well as a teacher of photography. She brings tremendous heart and soul into her work, showing people not just how to take a great picture but how to use the process to have a powerful and healing experience. Her newest e-course, Radiate, is beginning and she is extending her introductory pricing until Monday June 4th for readers of this blog.
Somewhere deep inside me there always been an inner glow ready to shine, it’s just took me awhile to find it.
I found my radiance unexpectedly during some of the darkest days of my life.
It was hidden in the click click of the shutter that was supposed to be used to capture beautiful images of my first born child. Instead my shiny new dslr camera was used it to process the grief of saying goodbye to her much too soon.
My beautiful flower, Bella Rose – who bloomed and faded during my 20th week of pregnancy. My heart wanted so badly to break in a million pieces as the hopes, dreams, and plans for her life and mine we shattered in an instant.
But as dozens of colorful miniature roses arrived on our doorstep as a tribute to her, an amazing thing happened. I opened myself up to receive the beauty of the those blooms in all their glory. I picked up my camera to preserve a memory – her memory, and get a lasting glimpse at hope, new life, and inspiration.
Pretty soon, I was looking for any excuse to make magic with camera in hand. If my body was no longer creating a child I was going to create beautiful images to inspire me instead.
This act of receiving beautiful gifts through my camera lens birthed my entirely new perspective on life. I found healing in my morning cup of coffee. I found warmth in the nuzzles from my two cats. I found meaning in the light of a brand new day.
Bella’s loss allowed me to gain much needed time to soul search within myself. It opened up space for me to learn who I truly am and what matters most to me in this lifetime. Losing my daughter led me to the gift of photography and its incredibly healing qualities.
Now, almost 3 years later I am teaching others how to nourish their mind, body, and soul from behind the lens. Together we discover passion, art, skill, and creativity.
Won’t you come along on this journey with me?
Beryl Ayn Young, serves as chief photography muse over on her personal blog (link to: http://www.berylaynyoung.com/) and serves as teacher of photography courses aimed at nourishing the mind, body, and soul. She believes feeding the spirit with lifelong learning, photographic healing, & a glass half full perspective. Beryl leads classes and offers mentoring aimed at teaching you how to improve your camera skills and cherish life’s journey. Come discover how photography + self exploration + editing techniques = a radiant new YOU during her upcoming photography e-course, Radiate (link to:http://www.berylaynyoung.com/radiateclass/) launching June 2012.