~Photography Process~

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, or loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

Hi Everyone, its been a while since Ive last wrote.. I wanted to start again to combined my two loves ~Writing and Photography~ to discuss how I started to get into my craft/how I discovered the love of the art. Ever since I was younger, cameras and videos were always around me.. My dad having the video camera, making holiday videos every year to show the family who lived in another state. Then, my mom would always bring along the Kodak camera mostly when went to visit my grandma as I tried to steal it and take photos of random objects. Growing up in family were creative was always encouraged, there was always a camera anywhere we went and daily weekend trips to Michaels. During the time I started High School and telling one of my job counselors.. I really wanted to pursue a career in “Photography” they had shut down the idea and said “You won’t make that much money, doing that as a profession” hearing that my mind went blank. Then I was told I showed go into “Education” and I agreed because I was told constantly I was very good with kids and it would be perfect job for me so I had thought about it and realized maybe I should go think about becoming a teacher because everyone thought it was a good idea. During the time, I had just agreed with everyone and proceeded to follow a career in Education.

As time flew by I entered my final semester at College, I started a new job at a Daycare and I thought “This is great everything in my life is aligning, I’m starting a new chapter in my life!” Then a couple of weeks into my new job I realized how much I didn’t like it, I was so disappointed in myself but I didn’t want to give up and stayed more until I realized, “This is a career path I don’t want to take, I don’t see myself as a teacher” and I began to panic because I felt like such a failure. Not even a month into my new job I decided to quit and in my final semester I began to struggle so much with my mental health.. I felt horrible and thinking I should be happy, and everyone around me told me I had no reason to be sad.. But, I was so worried about what to do in my next step in life, “Should I find a job? Go back to school?” with those two questions going back and forth in my head I kind of became numb and thought “I’m really not good at anything so, I shouldn’t even bother” in that moment, I was only seeing black and white.. pointing out everything that was wrong with myself.. while everyone encouraged me to see in color. As Spring began, I decided to get out of the funk and proceed to go out more on walks whenever it was around my neighborhood or the park. While walking around, I started to notice more of my surroundings mostly the flowers blooming in my neighbor’s yard or how the sun rays were hitting one of the house making a beautiful glare.. thinking “Oh wow, this would be such a beautiful photo!” A couple of weeks passed and I bought myself an IPhone 8, because the camera quality was ~Top Tier~ and I wanted to get back into photography! It was in that moment, I just bought an IPhone 8 and the rest was history..

You have a moment in your life, where everything hits and you say “This is what makes me happy!” As months passed with taking photos of nature, candid photos, and of course the iconic summer sunsets. One day in October, I went to a farm near me with my sister and were looking at the pumpkins. Shocked to see that they were still Sunflowers (my favorite flower of all time) as I was starting at them I noticed a Monarch Butterfly on the Sunflower and captured this moment (right above) and I’m that person who always believes in signs.. I did some research on Monarch Butterflies because I kept seeing them everywhere, and it said “A monarch butterfly can appear to you to enable you to know that you are on the right spiritual path. Seeing the monarch butterfly indicates that, you achieved the transformation that you have been working towards. That you are on the right path towards spiritual enlightenment. I believe need to continue towards spiritual wisdom path and be ambitious as always. The “monarch” is protecting you and they will remain to be your spirit guide.” Looking back at this photo, I always think it was a ~sign~ with the monarch butterfly on the sunflower and im so glad I captured this moment. After I took this photo, it really inspired me to take this path seriously wanting to make this a Full-Time Career. I finally retired my IPhone 8 camera, for a Canon T2I and a telephoto lens to expand my creative abilities. My dad is one of my biggest supporters, he would always tell me to find my style.. something to help my photos ~Stand Out~ and be unique ! When COVID-19 had struck, I had some time to think about what I wanted to people to think when they saw my photos..

In my Photography Process, I always like to find something that really people don’t take a moment to notice.. and make something beautiful out of it ! Sometimes I view myself as the hidden object, hiding because I am not ~comfortable~ or I am scared to leave my ~comfort zone~ and when I go into Lightroom the editing process begins with using colors and contrast on the photo! The colors and contrast that make the photo pop, is how I view the people around me believing in me and see me as a beautiful object. That I do have something to give and I stand out in my own way! When im taking photos I always hope, that someone sees my message and knows you do stand out to someone and make someone’s life bright and full of color ! Photography helped me so much during a very dark period in my life thinking I wasn’t good at anything. It really helped my express myself in a way I didn’t know how to do before, and I gained so much confidence in myself. As I said before, im a big believer in ~signs~ when I was going through a tough time I would always look at this word called “Serendipity” its one of my favorite words (Also favorite movie) and “Serendipity” means.. ~The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way~ On this journey, Ive had so many amazing opportunities and amazing moments ! I believe when you’re feeling down something unexpected happens to you when you least expect it ! When you start to feel good about yourself, you attract good things in your life !

In my 3rd day of being ~24~, I wanted to get back into writing. Even though my grammar is horrible and I do have many run-on sentences (like this one). Sharing my process and the backstory of my photos always gives me joy and I hope to inspire someone out there ! In conclusion to my blog post, ~im a little rusty~ thank you to who made it this far ! Wanted to take the time to thank a few people in my life. I’m beyond grateful to everyone who has been on this journey with me, My Parents, who always encouraged me since I was little to always be creative. Without them I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, I’m so blessed to call them my parents. My Friends, who are always my biggest supporter and they’re the first people I always tell about my good news too ! Always sending me cool photo ideas and always asking me to take photos of all there special moments ! My Sister, Emma who like my parents always encourages me and introduces me to cool photography ideas and opportunities ! When we go out, she always gives me cool new ideas to expand my photography and gets me to get out of my comfort zone ! Last but not least, my Boyfriend James who inspires me to achieve my goals and dreams. Thank you for always seeing my talent when sometimes I don’t feel like if achieved enough ~insert the words of affirmation~ Thank you for reading !

Brooke (:

Journal Prompt Day 4: Write a letter to someone who has done you wrong. Discuss what they did and how it made you feel, and then forgive them and let it go.

Hi Everyone, How is everyone doing with everything going on? I’m sorry for the past couple of days (More like weeks) I haven’t been as active, during this difficult time I want to focus on writing and find happiness during these events. I wanted to go back, and finish up my journal entries to self-improve myself to reconnect with all of you ! So here is my third journal entry, I decided to write a person from my past. I wanted to do this journal prompt, because I noticed I have been very stuck on this person and its been hard for me to move on to continue my future relationships. If you want, I hope this encourages you as well to end a toxic chapter in life and begin to live your life in pure happiness !

Dear J,

Its been a couple of months, since I sent my final to you text message saying its better off we don’t talk anymore. But, a year of on/off talking between in each other but I wanted to write to you to express how you truly made me feel about myself. I have held back my true feelings about how you have treated me, to move on and forgive you but I couldn’t. I will admit during the time we were in each others lives, I had played a part as well and I don’t think it is fair to just blame you we were both toxic for each other. The months we had talked, my self esteem was very weak, I changed my beliefs and my appearance so you would want to date me and not “hook up” and I was loosing myself I wasn’t the Brooke everyone knew anymore. I don’t want to get into detail about the things you did to me but all I wanted to ask was, why ? Why me? After you, I looked at myself differently I lost my spark, I felt I wasn’t good enough for anyone, and I was looking for love in everyone because I couldn’t love myself. But, I don’t want to look at the negative between us, I just want to say thank you I know you are probably super confused. But, after all the times you pretended I didn’t exist after we made plans to hang out, messaging me after you and an ex break up, wanting to hang out at 12 am, and saying how much you missed me to the point I believed it and pretending that everything you have done to me in the past didn’t break my heart. You had made me stronger, J you made me realize that I deserve so much better. Why would I want to go back to a guy who didn’t care about me? We talk for a couple of weeks and I feel great then out of the blue you pretend I don’t exist. Last Summer, I was going through a lot and decided to distance myself from others to focus on things that I made me happy such as Photography and Writing. During this isolation, I made new friends and did things for myself. I found happiness for myself and I now I officially say I can love myself, but I had one person I was struggling to let go and it was you. The last straw for me was when, I tried to talk to you on Halloween but you didn’t want to speak to me and I knew a couple of weeks prior you had went on a trip with a girl you began dating and I had no idea during the time because we had hung out and I had plans to see you in the city. I knew I had to let go and it was one part of my life that didn’t make me happy, In a crazy way looking back at it we both weren’t happy we wanted two different things. We weren’t happy in each others lives, I wanted to make a positive step in my life and move on from all the negativity starting with cutting ties with you. So J, I just wanna say you’re the reason why I have became stronger and the hurt you gave to me made me want to walk away and focus on myself. So, after months of hating you, wish we never met, and wanted all these bad things happen to you I just wanna say, I forgive you. I want to move on and let go of this anger that I have been holding for the past couple of months.

Brooke

Journal Prompt Day 2: What Word do you Live by ? (:

Hi Everyone Day 2 of my Journal Prompt Journey ! Today, I decided to talk about one word I love and believe with my whole heart, “Serendipity” Loved it so much I named my blog after it ! The meaning had resonated with me so much, “The Occurrence and Development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way” Sometimes I believe that when you aren’t looking for something it comes out of the blue ! It’s an exciting surprise ! I would go back looking at this word when I have really bad days or when I think the world just hates me.. I always remember “Serendipity” something will happen out of the blue and when I least expect it and It will all make sense ! I thought it was a good idea to name my Blog “A Little Bit Of Serendipity” because, When we go through really tough times there will be a good outcome when you least expect it.. If you told me this a year ago today, I would of rolled my eyes and ignored you saying, “Yeah.. Okay” But these past couple of months, from meeting new people and exploring new activities the occurrence of Serendipity made me have a better outlook on life, Yeah there are times when I do have bad days like everyone but I know better days are coming and that should not stop me. One of my favorite movies of all time uses my favorite word “Serendipity” peep the photo I used in the introduction towards the writing prompt. Relating to the main character a lot, Sara Thomas she had a great life, a good job, a super cute house that I really want right next to a lake, a hilarious friend who doesn’t believe in astrology (its so true come on Molly Shannon), and strange fiancee with has a weird style of music (But we stand the creativity up in this household) She still was looking for more and followed her heart to go back to New York to the man she met years ago and had a deep connection with even though she only spoke to him for a couple of hours, but she didn’t give up on her connection. Following her heart and intuition ! As Jewel once said, “Follow your heart..your intuition it will lead you in the right direction!” I honestly believe good things happen when you least expect it, and its pretty beautiful the outcome. Just always remember everyone ! Sometimes when we least expect it something magical can happen and it can change your life for the better: For Example, Using this platform to speak my truth and try to make myself a stronger person and using my creativity to connect my art with others. I never have expected this outcome last year, I am so blessed for the people I met during this journey of self love and reconnecting with my souls person (whoa got super deep there) so that’s the reason why the word “Serendipity” has such an impact on me and what encouraged me to write this blog and want to express to people it gets better and their is always beauty in a breakdown! Thank you all for reading Day 2 ! Check out for tomorrow’s Blog Post ! Love to all you beautiful souls !!

Brooke(: