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I was named Lezzet and this is the story of how Photography and I became beautifully acquainted...
On an ordinary Autumn morning in April 2012 a large Sunflower in my garden caught my eye. It appeared to have sprung up overnight but there it was...huge, beaming and exceptionally beautiful. I snatched up my hubby's digital pocket camera, just about slid down the stairs to meet this glorious flower that had me at a yellow 'hello'. As I began taking photographs of the sunflower something happened when that little shutter button went ‘click’; a big button inside me went ‘click’ too.It felt as if my eyes had opened for the very first time and that sensation took me completely unaware.I felt connected to my surroundings in a way I had never felt before, as though there was something more than just a sunflower in my garden.I have always been aware but it was more than that.It was an understanding that it’s not just about me; that I share my space with things that life gives me and us for nothing, beautiful things that cannot be measured monetarily, life that was alive and breathing that I had missed before in the rush that was my life.I found myself lost in an extraordinary world around me. I spent six hours in my garden, taking photographs of an awakened world, sun-burnt to an itchy pink crisp as I gave birth to my passion on that ordinary Autumn day. The 7th of April 2012 at 09h44 to be exact.
As I have walked this photographic journey I discovered that I am able to do it well without the knowledge of technical do's and don't's as I try to figure all of that out on an endless and exciting escapade of discovery. I have a natural ability to capture, interpret and express the way the world around me exists. I would waste that talent if I did not share the world through my eyes, heart and soul with those who share the same love and appreciation. Which is naturally why it lead to the creation of this website to delight your senses with what nature gives to us freely, for nothing. Do you understand that? Like really GET it? Just stop for a moment and think about it. Ordinary miracles that are very seldom noticed by the average, rushed and distracted human being.
The most important lesson I have learned in this photographic journey so far is to let go, relax and to have as much fun as humanly possible. It's not about the proverbial pat on the back or creating a photograph that wins an award. It's about awareness. It's about more than what is. It's about miracles. It's about life. That there is only me and my camera and that the limitations in my photography are carried only in myself. That's from a quote by Ernst Haas that I modified just in case I get accused of plagiarism. It's about healing, life, you and me. It's about love. That's all.
So I'm doing it with soul. love, creativity. Doing it with Meraki!
I love to write so my photographs occasionally come with a story, metaphorically reflecting the way I experience the world around me. You're welcome to pop onto my Blog to read my reflections there. Please feel free to take a look at my Gallery and hey...take pleasure in the beauty and stillness of the beautiful gift and adventure of life!
I was interviewed as an "Up-n-Coming Photographer" in December 2014 by Conrad Knuist of CameraStuff which was incredibly invigorating for me. See the interview here .
Thank you for venturing here. Thank you for allowing me to open your eyes, even if just a tiny bit wider.
There are humans in my life who are just amazing! To my incredible husband who made a miracle happen and has blessed me with the camera that got people's attention. Babe, there will never be enough words to extend that gratitude and love...ever. Your support means the world to me and you have proved over and over again, much to my astonishment, how much I mean to you. There are no real words that could encapsulate how much YOU mean to me. Thank you!
My three beautiful children for their support and patience on many an after school or road trip that involves frequent stops because "Mom just wants to take a photograph quick" echoed by the sound of hot and bothered sighs. Mommy loves you more than you will ever grasp. Without the tremendous trio of what you all are, my individuality would cease to exist.
My dearest Annie for so many reasons and of course, for making my dream of this website a reality for without you this website would not have been possible. I love you so very very much my friend!
My family and friends who have been there from day whatever throughout the roller-coaster that is the journey of my life, your belief and support is continuously remembered and cherished.
To my newly acquired photographic friends who 'get' me and it. The advice, encouragement, support and knowledge that you have selflessly dispensed has been uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for holding my hand while giving me the space to grow.
To my future clients...I look so forward to working with you in the days that are embraced as the future.
Thank you are two simple little words that do not encapsulate the gratitude enough. I love you all. Muchos Gracias!