Gratitude

I have a confession...

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"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will it do if you do not act upon them?" - Buddha quote.

A few years ago now I went to India! As you can imagine it was pretty magical! Whilst I was there I stayed at an Ashram called 'Shanker Prasad foundation' just outside of Gokarna. As part of my Karma Yoga I was to take photos for them; which I did with great pleasure! The centre was beautiful and full of the most wonderful people :) Unfortunately, I got home, I let life tick by and suddenly nearly 2 years later and I still hadnt sent them the photos! Not very good for my karma!

"As you walk, eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life" - another buddhist quote.

This last year has been pretty rough in many ways for me. However, it has also shown me just how many people I have supporting and loving me, it has given me a new lust for travel, awareness of how grateful I am for my good health and my work has never been as exciting or more fulfilling! I want to be better and learn everything (Photography, piano, singing, dancing, circus, swimming, table tennis, the list goes on!!). In the last five months I have shot 5 weddings, 6 festivals, danced till my feet hurt, listened to so much music and poetry that made my heart swell, travelled to Spain (3 times!), Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden (currently still here!) and have made so many new wonderful, inspiring friends! I feel so very lucky in many many ways, and feel stronger than I have in a long time.

So, in the spirit of buddha and living in the moment, when I recently re-discovered the Ashram photos, I immediately sent them and decided to write this blog (another thing that I have been a bit slack with!)...  So now to actually ACTING on all these wise words ;) I will leave you with one final quote and some of the photos from the Ashram.

"The past has already gone, the future is yet not yet here. There is only one moment to live"

 

A little about me (with photos!)

Hello! So a little about me...

I have always had a slightly alternative way of life. I grew up playing in the woods, rivers and fields of beautiful South Devon. Giving me a deep love of the outdoors and the natural beauty we have all around (and within) us. Being Home Educated and going to a small Democratic school gave me a lot of freedom to play and explore, to figure out what was important to me and not just what was expected. After I received a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art in 2008; I went on to win a local photography competition, which encouraged me to take up photography full time and I have never looked back.

So what is important to me?...

I have been thinking a lot recently about what makes me happy and why I love being a photographer... I feel that these are essentially the key things that remind me why I do what I do and the choices that I make. Good things that help me feel strong, grounded and inspired.

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Winning Photo for the 'Visit South Devon' competition.

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Authenticity - means to me capturing something real, something true and genuine, whether that is with a moment or the essence of someones character. It is also about being open and honest, from both a personal point of view as well as within my work and how I apply myself to each project or shoot.

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Celebration - To celebrate is to enjoy life! It inspires us to dance, to sing, to express ourselves, to throw our arms around one another and to laugh with abandon. To celebrate ourselves and the ones we love unashamedly, joyfully is a beautiful, life affirming thing to do.

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Connection - I get so much joy out of using my camera as a tool for communicating and getting to know and understand people. The best photos are always when there is a real genuine connection and trust between the photographer and subject; or a candid moment of intimacy and connection between friends, family or lovers.

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Gratitude - (I believe!) Is the key to happiness. It helps us to let go of worries and to truly take the time to appreciate all the joys that life brings. To see the good in all that we are and have around us, liberates us from longing and grounds us with a sense of love and strength. Photography helps remind me to be grateful. To be able to spend my life essentially looking for and capturing the creativity, beauty and love in the world is an amazing gift.

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Please do get in touch if you have an enquiries I would love to chat to you about your event, family, life! :D Simply email me at: tillymayphotography@hotmail.com