~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 (:

Seeing “111” time to start having more Confidence and begin a New Chapter !

During quarantine, I was going through a dark period and thinking I wasn’t doing anything meaningful in life. Just continuously binge watching Netflix series my all time favorite “Bojack Horseman” and watching iconic romance movies of the 80s and a little of late 90s. Why I have such high expectations towards relationships. I decided one day to watch tarot card readings, I know people think “How could you see the future in a card?” , “It’s not real” , “Why are you wasting your time, believing this?” It had helped me to focus on the positive not always seeing the negative, does majority of tarot cards tell your whole future? No. But, it can help you a lot with your current situations. For me, I take whatever connects with me and tarot cards help with helping me decide to I wanna learn from this or do I wanna stay in my current situation. After watching about a whole 24 hours on my tarot card based on my sun sign, I decided to go on the internet to learn more about astrology and tarot cards because I was so fascinated about the whole concept. I learned more about myself, such as my sun,moon,rising, and venus signs and how that makes me as a person. While researching it totally opened my spiritual side, and I began to notice things such as “angel numbers” for one I started to notice “111” everywhere, mostly when I was looking at my phone I saw “111” constantly ! I was so confused and wondered “What does that, mean?” So I went on my laptop and started to look more into it, “Number 111, your angels are telling you that you have their support and their love. So, when number 111 appears by your side, it may be right moment to take action. You should start a new project or something that may be of great importance for your life.” Now that is is, July I am excited to start a new journey in my life! Letting go of a toxic past and start a new phase in my life !

Journal Prompt: Write a Congratulatory Letter to yourself, What have you achieved recently that made you proud <3

Hi Everyone, I haven’t been active on this blog in a while with everything going on in the world with COVID-19 and The protests for the BLM movement I decided to take a step back and focus on my mental health. Sometimes we need a step back from everything that is going on and take time for ourselves ! Sometimes Ive noticed I go in and out of depression and I forget how far ive come and it slowly (my depression) has creeping in and I decided to write a letter of how ive come ! So here comes the letter I wrote for myself:

Dear Brooke,

Congratulations! I’m so happy you’re getting back on your feet, I know its hard some days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed or blasting your music to wish you were somewhere else in your life. But, recently you have caught yourself doing that and want to make a difference in your routine. The world is pretty scary with everything going on, but you manage to take the time out to see your friends and escape the stress by making everyone smile. You been focusing a lot on your work, with photography and you started to dabble into videography. I can tell it really makes you smile and you get a happy feeling after you show your work to others. Taking time for yourself, so when everything gets better in the world you will have a good shoulder on your head. Sometimes are better than others, but you’re on the right track just remember to breathe and be in the moment, don’t over think! I am so proud of how far you have come with your photography and videography, ending toxic relationships, and finally knowing your worth! Its a process but you’re on the right track, I am so proud of the steps you’re making Brooke for your accomplishments keep going always remember they’re people who want to see you succeed !

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(:

What we want to others to see vs.. How we see ourselves

From the outside looking in, it seems fine but they don’t know shit about the everyday grind

Mac Miller “Life Aint Easy”

Hi Everyone ! Back at it ! Its crazy that we our almost about to enter 2020… I wanted to reflect on how ive grown and changed during this year ! I had taken these photos over the summer with sunflowers.. Sunflowers symbolize worship and faithfulness representing the sun, which associates with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek light and truth !

When going through the photos I had taken over the course of the summer.. I wanted to discuss a topic about how we want people to view us, and what we want to hide from others. So the background of the story of these photos, I colored the sunflowers because as I said before it displays happiness and we want to show people that we are feeling happy kind of like on social media how we want everyone to see the good and we don’t want them to know we are struggling and life is going pretty great ! We hide the negativity in our life from others because we don’t want anyone to know they’re struggling with ourselves. Reflecting on me this past year, I represent the sunflower I was going through a depression around the time I finished up at college. I didn’t want other people to know outside of inner circle, so I decided to post a lot on Instagram showing that I was having fun and being happy ! But, I on the inside I was going through some personal things and I was struggling with finding my own happiness.. I was trying to find happiness through people or activities but I was finding “Temporary Happiness”. Throughout the years meeting people or doing things I thought I was “Happy” but how could I be happy when I wasn’t happy/loving myself. For the first time in my 22 years, I finally found how to love myself with writing and photography it had helped me express my true self and opened a window of new opportunities and meeting new people ! I didn’t feel I needed to hide behind a false appearance of myself anymore. I didn’t need to pretend I was happy for the first time in my life, I was actually happy and found my own happiness! What I wanted to get out of these photos I have taken is, we do sometimes hide behind our happiness or display we are happy but we don’t want anyone to know or fears or worries in the outside world. Thanks for reading part 2 of my photography stories !! Let me know what you guys think so far !

Brooke(:

Trying to have the “Perfect Beach Body”

Hey Guys ! So today I was feeling sick, and decided to have a productive day and write ! So I wanted to talk about Body Image, Ive been struggling to be happy with my body on and off for a couple of years now.. and its not easy. Somedays I think “Oh my god I feel good and I look good ! It’s gonna be a great day !” and then other days (mostly before I get my period or if im having an off day) I’m like “Yeah I look like crap and feel fat im gonna wear all baggy clothes and not care” This Summer I have been confident in my body and feeling good about myself when I go out and everything ! But, mostly its been hard when I wear a bathing suit or bikini mostly. I went to buy a bikini at Aerie and I felt disgusting and fat, and legit started to cry and thought “Why am I so ugly” and take it off automatically and get in a bad mood. I think its also hard with social media, with photos and always judging yourself thinking you arent good enough or beautiful enough ! I felt more comfortable in a one piece to hide my stomach, I think when you go out or wear a bathingsuit if you feel comfortable and cute at the same time it doesnt matter ! Like now, when I wear a one piece I thought to myself damn I look good ! But, sometimes it can be hard when I look at myself in a photo mostly a photo of me in a bathing suit , I try to suck in my belly, Try to move in a different angle, and use the filters to make myself skinner. i decided to show a picture of me, with no filter or anything ! just my body and accept it for what it is ! Embrace the curves !! Be happy with what I got !! Accept what I have and work with it , this photo makes me realize I am beautiful and I dont need a filter to hide my cellulite on my thighs or make myself Skinner. Or make my ass look bigger , I like the way I look even though sometimes it is hard to pick on myself on the little things, but I am reminded by everyone how beautiful I am inside and out !! That is all that matters !!

Express your Creativity !!

Hey Guys ! Whats up ? How is life ? Happy Friday !! Super stoked for the weekend !! So Today was super fun, I went out and explored with my friend Caitlin ! We were planning to go to a sunflower field because Ive been dying to go since Summer started but sadly, no sunflowers because they have not bloomed yet.. such a bummer. So we decided to go Downport, and take some photos and video ! I was super stocked because I love to create (As you can tell by this photo) Haha ! Also, I love to surround myself with people who love to be creative with photography and videography ! In a way it totally encourages me to be creative as well, because I am always worried that I am not good enough or in the back of my head I’m like “Ugh what if someone sees it and shows their friends and makes fun of me !” But, I noticed when I do that I give up on attempting to create or just don’t do it! If its something you love do it ! If it gives you joy ? Do it ! Why should peoples opinions affect you ? If it makes you happy and you love doing it ! Since I was a little girl, Ive been surrounded by creativity my dad is an amazing artist and he is also a videographer ! He has such an amazing eye and produced such amazing content (even though I sometimes make fun of him but its out of love) and I grew up knowing I wanted to do something like that ! Also, I love being around creative people, it really helps out when we can collab and discuss about photography/ writing !! Today, I decided to make tiny 60 second video of my trip with Caitlin and we had a photoshoot (Legit theyre some good ass tinder pictures if you ask me 😉 ) Haha!! It was such a positive day ! I had so much fun exploring and creating !! I love going out with friends and going to places its a great way to express my art in photography and now videography (maybe my dad would be so happy I am following his footsteps) We should totally express creativity ! Its such a beautiful thing ! Seeing the world in eyes of the photographer ! Seeing the beauty in the world !! I hope we all express our skills and hobbys !! ❤ Because, its pretty fucking cool and it makes you become all positive and happy !! (:

Brooke(:

When is it time to let go of the Anger?

Did you ever become so angry at someone, to the point where it takes over your life ? Does all that pint up anger get the best of you, the negativity gets the best of you and affects you mentally and physically? Yeah, I would just want to let you know its okay ! If you catch yourself being so mad and angry its good ! You notice that you want to change ! Thats the first step, when you notice it and take a step back and realize “I need to change all this negativity for myself and for my family and friends because your anger and frustration doesn’t affect yourself but everyone around you ! Here our some tips to know when you should let go/move on from being so angry inside !

  1. Remove yourself from toxic people/ situations – For myself, I noticed when im in a toxic situation or talking to someone I know I shouldn’t be talking to because I don’t feel happy/if its making me upset. I should remove myself from the issue. Yes, it takes a while to get over it but it slowly gets better everyday ! Focusing on yourself and what you need to make yourself happier, and if someone if not making you/ situation such as work or something like that you have the choice to remove that issue out of your life ! I think certain things that happen to use whenever it is good or bad, it happens because it makes us stronger and helps us realize what we have in life is pretty great !

2. Put your energy in a hobby- Take your energy into something good for example for myself, I love to write and when something negative happens to me I go to my writing ! It helps me express my feelings and get distracted by the little things that aren’t that big of a deal. I turn to writing because, it is something that I love to do since I was in high school. It made me realized how much happiness it brings in my life and it changed my whole outlook on life ! Writing about my experiences, trying to give advice for some people, and expressing m creativity ! You forget about all the anger when you concentrate on something that you love ! The anger begins to decrease and calms you down !

3. Make plans with friends and go out exploring – Its a good thing to get out of the house or plan to go out somewhere with yourself or your friends ! It makes you realize how much your friends really care about you and want the best for you ! I love my friends, whenever they know I am not feeling like myself they plan something to do and help me get my mind off of it and enjoy the moment and try to be happy !! Its a good way to get out of your mind and be appreciative with your family and friends they want the best for you !!

4. Take time for yourself- I was not having a good week two weeks ago, and I noticed I was being very angry and mad I started giving off bad vibes towards everyone ! I decided to take a break from people, I started to go back into yoga, turned on my laptop and began to write, and started to walk around the neighborhood in the morning (okay more like afternoon) to get myself back on track. When you take a step back and to improve yourself you become more confident and more focused on your goals !!

5. It takes time, so work hard and be focused- The anger will not be gone by tomorrow, it takes time and hard work ! The main focus in life is yourself, YOU matter than anyone else ! When you have an amazing support system who surrounds you they will help you get through this and you will find happiness again !! Take the time to be by yourself, surround yourself with positivity, and be grateful ! You’ll get through this don’t worry everything will happen for a reason ! Be grateful, be in the moment !!

Brooke(:

Focusing on my Goals and Happiness this Summer !

Hey Everyone ! How is everyone’s day going ? I’m always bad at starting these blogs because I have no idea what to say first so I usually write the first thing that comes to mind and go along with it haha ! Also, wanna mention I made a new logo for the blog ! (I mean shes cute, shes a winner) Currently making changes to make it pop more !! If you guys have any ideas for me let me know ! I wanna give it more of that wow factor ! Sorry off topic ! 🙂 Anyways, I wanna talk about Summer how we get all excited because the weather is finally warm , we can do so many more activities, and creating more memories ! This Summer, I was so excited to go out more and do things I haven’t experienced (legit made a summer bucket list because I am basically 5 years old) I always wanna have fun during the summer time and live everyday like its my last ! Then, i started to get distracted by certain situations and people. I was putting my time and energy on people and situations that I shouldn’t have dwelled on to begin with, but in the moment I had caught myself and realized “Why am I doing this to myself?” So I took a step back and reanalyzed everything that had happened for the past month and got myself together. I decided to take a week or two by myself and try to focus on me, Mental Health is very important if you have to take a break and just focus on yourself there is nothing wrong with that ! I’m really thankful for my friends and family who were super understanding with my decision ! Being by myself I realized who much the people in my inner circle really care about me and want me to the best person that I am , it made me forget about the other things that were going on and made me more confident to better myself ! I think when we feel lost or you get distracted by everyday events we should stop everything and remember what makes us happy ? who in my life really cares about me ? and how will I move on from this will I become stronger or will this make me weaker. I think negative situations that happen in our life, make us stronger and realize we can move on and be grateful how we overcame the situation. This is why im just focusing on myself this summer trying to become a better person ! Using my creativity, following through my goals, and working hard ! Working on yourself can give you positive feedback and feeling good about yourself internally. When you feel good about yourself it reflects in who you are as a person and the people you attract in your life !!

Brooke(: