I count myself very fortunate to be an at home mom to my almost 3 yr old boy.  
Never for one second before I had him did I think I’d be an at home mom.
Once a devoted, career focused, stressed out working girl
(Social Work to be exact)
I never thought I’d give that up.
BUT
I get to see every moment of my boy’s life.
I love it.
He’s growing up too fast not to be there.
I was with him at his gymnastics class on Monday,and I was running along side him while he was blissfully 
doing his version of gymnastics with the biggest smile on his face.
I realized these little things are big things.
These are the little moments I want to cherish.
And savour in the moment.
So I did.
I just watched his joyful, youthful smile that was totally focused on the sheer bliss of the moment.
And that was an amazing little (BIG) moment.
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tracy cook {PERSONAL} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Reading a recent photography site, they asked about everyone’s photography inspiration.  I wish I could say it’s my 2 1/2 year old son, but most days it’s not- because he is so tired of me taking his picture that he generally hides, or rolls his little bitty toddler eyes when I come with the camera.
But
the other day I did capture a few keepers.
And I got to thinking, that although he loathes the camera- he is my inspiration for everything.  He’s not my muse (haha as if) but he’s my inspiration.  He’s everything.

What’s your inspiration??
Do you have a muse?

tracy cook {PERSONAL} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

I’ve decided that every Wednesday I’m going to feature a saying that is relevant to me that week.
I’ll post the saying, which I probably found on my new obsession
And follow it up with my thoughts.
You will likely learn a bit about me.
Good or Bad….
I’m putting it out there.
I thought Wednesdays were a good day to do it, since it’s a good day for a pick me up.
Poor Wednesdays. 
Stuck there in the middle of the week.
Still too close to Monday
And too far away from Friday.
So here’s this weeks.
source-pintrest
This saying is particularly important to me in my photography life.  Locally, there are so many talented photographers.  Kamloops, in my opinion is highly over saturated with photographers offering portraits.  I personally find it a very tough place to break into, and I have found it a struggle to succeed.  But as my husband will tell you, my definition of success is very high.  And I’m still learning.
But what I really need to learn is to just do what I want to do, follow my passion, do the best I can, and not try to compare or compete.  If I do what I like, and what feels good for me, there is no reason to compare.
Comparison really is the thief of joy. It points out only what you didn’t do, and could have done better, compares apples to oranges in many cases, and does not recognize what a person has done right.
For me, I stopped following all but one photographer in my area.  I don’t need to know what they are  all doing, how often they are working, how much they are charging, what ideas they are working on…. etc etc.
I just need to follow my passion, and continue to find joy in my photography.
I know myself that the comparison robs me of my joy.
And photography for the photographer and the subject should be a joyous experiences   
Does this saying speak to you??