One Word (PhotoHour Aperture Assignment) {Bismarck Mandan Photography Classes}

One Word. What one word would you choose to define your year? This is something we talked about in the last PhotoHour class on Aperture. I am so excited to see what my students come up with. But for now, I will share my one word.

I waffled. The past couple of years have been intense. Unsettled. Change. New. It was easy to define the past year or two. But to predict the future, to make a declaration of what I hope for, what I expect, what I think I need. Two words came to mind: grace and abundance. First grace, which I define as the strength to do what I have been created to do. Right now, that means loving the season I am in which includes lots of diapers, teaching little minds, training little hearts, and keeping a schedule that is not so spontaneous and includes little variety. That means learning how to make the most of the treasured moments with my husband and knowing my girls will never be one or two again.

Second, abundance. Everything in abundance. An abundance of grace, of rest, of gratefulness. It was a cheater word because it gives place to all the other words I would have wanted to include.

So for the image. A huge part of my life is very domestic. And I need grace and abundance in my domesticity. So I chose a domestic setting—the kitchen. I wanted to include water because it is nourishing, supporting that idea of abundance, energy, strength, overflowing.

Three images, all shot with different settings…


What’s your one word for your year?

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