Grimoire | Summer Reading

Sometimes there’s nothing more magical than reading up on magic on  a bright summer day!

This past month and a half has been busy as we’ve moved and are finally starting to settle in.  With more room, energy, and finally internet access, new shoots will be posted soon!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

landscape photography of a magical mountain sunset

Fantasy portrait of an Autumn witch
Autumn Witch | Portrait

 

Abandoned Train Car

This old, decaying train car has been seen around the house for over a decade, as it was one of my mother’s favorite painting subjects.

This beautiful piece of history is only improving with age, and sits high in the mountains of Colorado outside the mining town of Victor.

Ventures out into the mountain and rural life of farms and mining towns are always interesting.  You never know what you’ll find!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Old Stone Barn

Iron Heart

The ironwork heart in this red framed window grate is terribly charming, but I’m a sucker for reds, creams, and textured walls!

This lovely building sits beside a tattoo shop and gallery, and across from the historic church in Old Colorado City.  Old Colorado City is full of really awesome buildings, basically!

Beautiful and charming details abound, so let’s open our eyes to the world around us!

Red Balcony

Urban photography of a music hall's back alley entrance

Old Home | Negative Self-Talk

Urban photography of the fenced entrance before an old home in the historic old city

When we find ourselves learning something new, heading in a different direction, or even just entertaining the idea of doing so, it’s incredibly easy to start berating ourselves.  It can be surprising how cruel we can be, especially regarding goals and dreams.

We would never tell a friend they’ll never be good enough to do this, or never have enough money to do that.  We’d especially never tell them that they simply don’t deserve it.  But we’re so quick to say these exact things to ourselves.

We tell ourselves we’re not good enough and never would be, that we have no right to live a life like that, that we’d never have the money, and that we shouldn’t bother.

Dreams and even simple goals can be derailed easily enough without being unnecessarily cruel ourselves.  So let’s ignore the self criticism, counter it with positive facts and affirmations, remember that anything is possible, and that we definitely deserve a life we love.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Urban photography of a white porch with a red door.

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Balcony on Red

Old Colorado City is definitely different from Center City in Philadelphia.  There are plenty of gorgeous and dated buildings in both places, but shooting is definitely different.

The crowds of Philadelphia gave me a sense of security that isn’t around here.  In Center City, there are people everywhere, but always on the move.  People aren’t really going to pay attention to you, but you get the sense of ‘safety in numbers’ without actually having to be with someone.

Here, there’s not that many people around.  Photographing in public is a lot more nerve-wracking when, instead of sharing a street with dozens headed in different directions, you have a single stranger headed your way.

Shooting without the sense of ‘safety in numbers’ is something I’ll have to get used to…

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Urban photography of a music hall's back alley entrance
Hospital Alleyway

The Loft

While poking around Old Colorado City, this beautiful scene of a music venue’s alley door caught my attention.  I love the whimsical lights along the usual alley backdrop, as well as the sign posted on the door!

Let’s remember that there’s so much to admire beyond where we’re used to traveling, so let’s explore!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Urban photography of a cozy side street. Red Brick

Light

Architecture photography of a metal lamp hanging off an old church.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

Our dreams are quite possibly the best guide to follow.  Not only do they bring excitement to our steps forward, but they brighten our view of the here and now.

It’s often quite easy to tell if we’re moving towards our dreams, but it’s also easy to forget to ask ourselves if our daily actions and activities reflect that.  If we want to be a painter, are we painting?  Or do we spend our days with other activities, never getting around to picking up our paintbrushes?

Let’s remember to ask ourselves what we’re doing throughout the day, why we’re doing it, and whether it’s helping to take us where we want to go.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sacred Heart Nature photograph of dogwood flowers.