When I became a mother, I realized that most of the cliches I had heard about parenting are true. I can say with certainty that my kids are my life.
Of course, I wasn’t hollow before they were born. I was independent, happy, and creative. The last adjective in that series really defines my twenties — art and photography were huge parts of my life, and there are times when I really miss staying up all night to work on a painting. If I stay up all night now, it’s to take care of a screaming baby!
Recently, I’ve felt a strong urge to incorporate my former passions into my new life.
I may not be able to spend hours outside with only my camera and the sounds of nature, but what I do have are little quiet moments here and there. Moments that come during nap time, or when my husband is playing with the kids, or even when I bend down to pick a flower on a family hike.
I can still capture the art I find in everyday things thanks to my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone.
The dedicated camera button on my Windows Phone makes it easy to take photos on the fly, and I am also completely in love with an app called Apict.
The Apict app allows me to achieve that vintage instant camera look, but what I like even more than that, is the unique color quality in the Apict processed shots. Whoever developed this app clearly did their homework, because the prints really do look like old Polaroids.
I can tag photos (write a note on them in what looks like Sharpie ink), and save them in high resolution — perfect for printing.
I can even share my little pieces of digital art to Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook right through the Apict app.
Inspiration is really all around us — it only takes one moment and one click to grab it.
I kind of feel like this is my thing. While I have tens of thousands of photos of my children, and they will always be my favorite subjects, I love being able to focus the lens of my Nokia Lumia 900 elsewhere — if even for just a moment.
So, I love art and photography. What are your passions, and what inspires you?
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