It’s been a while or maybe never, so I think it might be time for me to introduce myself as more than a child photographer. Hi, my name is Alissa Bray and I’m an oversharer. Is that a word? Hopefully…as you can see, I also can’t spell. If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug…handle: alissabrayphotography) or on my personal FB page, you know what I’m saying…..on both accounts. You see a lot of us. I cuss a little or sometimes a lot. I have no idea what to do when people are crying, so I normally make an inappropriate joke. I laugh when my 2 year old says a bad word. I’m not sure where he gets it from 😉 And I don’t know the meaning of “long story short.”
I started my business like many others. A newly stay-at-home mom with a baby that cried 18 out of the 24 hours and I needed something for myself. Something to fill me up. I got my hands on a DSLR and burnt out the pixels in less than a year. Needless to say, that’s a crap ton of pictures. I started a business and never looked back. I was hungry to know exactly how the big names did what they did. Every last step. It filled me up. So much so that even when certain events in our life happened and I thought I needed to step back to give myself a moment to heal or find a new normal, it was doing this that brought me back to center.
Recently, my creative bucket had a hole in the bottom and was near empty. I found myself on a plateau of creativity and just couldn’t find the next step. Something to fill me up. So yesterday, I was sitting on the couch, unusually bored, updating the images on my website (shameless plug….. www.alissabrayphotography.com) A sweet spec of light came in our back windows and was just calling to be captured….while 2 little sweet guys were giggling on the trampoline. A picture was never going to convey how sweet it was. So I tried out video and there it was. It filled me up.
I tell you all of this not to bore you, which hopefully it didn’t do. I did warn you that I didn’t know the definition of “long story short.” But to say that the past few months, my attitude has sucked. I am completely unmotivated, going through the motions. Then today…..just like that, I feel like my old self.
So I ask….what have you done lately to fill yourself up? To drown out the noise of everyday life and to help yourself find the thing that brings you back to center. Something to fill you up. I hope you enjoy my video. I know it’s not the first one, but hopefully the 2nd in a string of 3-“60”-5 videos (they are only supposed to be 60 seconds long, but this one is twice that…whoops) for the year that show you (and reminds me) my life through my eyes. These are my 2 little guys enjoying a spring sunset in winter. Two seasons in the south that battle each other for a few months. Quite like the two seasons of their little childhoods…caught between babies and big kids…..
I should probably add that I can be pretty cheesy at times too 😉
Check out this link to follow all the videos in my new 365 project: https://vimeo.com/album/4465270
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