What Inspired Me to Learn Photography (And a Grand Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Similac® StrongMoms® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

After my sweet friend April created this gorgeous vignette using images from my Etsy shop recently, she asked me when and how I studied photography.

The truth is, I didn’t pick up an SLR camera until 2010, when I couldn’t resist this opportunity…

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Living in Paris – visiting nearby cathedrals…

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Finding vintage treasures…

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Admiring the architecture…

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And, most importantly, capturing this.

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And this.

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You see, my first son was born just months after we arrived, and I couldn’t think of any better way to occupy my time than capturing each of those little moments.

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Because we could all use a little help from time to time: help to slow down and enjoy the moments, to find a little peace and quiet (even if there’s noise and chaos all around us) with our loved ones, to make memories.

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Comments

  1. I love the old buildings and your son is adorable in these pics!

  2. Hey Rachel…
    I have enjoyed following you for a couple of months now (my first blog to follow!) I’m amazed by all that you are able to do with three little ones at home :) Way to go!

    I just wanted to say that I had no idea your photography started in Paris. I have the shots you took on one of the Trinity retreats, and I just figured you’d been doing it for years. It’s fun to see that it can be picked up so quickly with the right inspiration.

    Keep up the fun work!

    -Tiffany Graves (formerly Bassett)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Oh my goodness, Tiffany!! I was just talking about you last weekend. :) So honored that you are following and happy to hear from you! Thanks for your sweet comment. Life is definitely never boring over here. :) And I couldn’t think of any better inspiration than Paris and Oliver; I’m so thankful I had those simultaneously! Big hugs, my friend. xx

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