"photo essay" #hdmoment #shuttersisters #sscolormonth #ssdecember #sselevate #ssmoment #thewrittenwords abstract adventure aperture archives art autumn babies beauty black and white blur bokeh books business camera bags camera gear cameras camp shutter sisters celebration, change childhood children cityscapes classes color community updates composition contests crafts creativity creatures details diptychs discovery documentary documentary dreams elevate equipment events events events everyday exposure expressive photography fall family fashion featured products film flare flash focus food found words found words framing fun gallery exhibitions gather giveaway giving gratitude guest blogger healing heart holidays holidays holidays home inspiration instant interviews interviews introspection iphoneography iso jump kitchen landscape landscapes laughter leap lenses life light love love macro mantra medium moment moments moments, mood motherhood motion muse nature nature negative space night photography Oasis one word project patterns perspective pets photo essay photo prompts photo walk, picture hope place places play poetry polaroid portraiture pov pregnancy presets printing process processing processing project 365 reflections savor self self-portraits sepia series shadow shop shutter speed simplicity sisterhood skyscapes soul spaces sponsors sports spring step still life stillness stillness story storytelling, inspiration style styling summer sun table texture thankful time tips tips, togetherness travel truths tutorial urban, video vignettes vintage vintage effects visual poetry water weather weddings weekend weekending windows winter words workflow you
« Giving Thanks for Laughter | Main | custom photo calendars »

finding beauty in your home

"I adore her (Sally Mann) work, and I subscribe to her basic notions of photography - shoot what you know, and - you can find great images right in your own backyard. One of my best friends and I have an ongoing discussion surrounding this topic - he thinks he needs to pack up the car and get away somewhere for a few weeks in order for the photography muses to show him the way.

I have to admit, I waffle during our discussions -- there are times when I'm convinced I need to pack up a few cameras and a bag full of film and head back to Havana - or to some faraway place -- but then I realize that some of my most favorite images were taken within a 10 mile radius of home."

- Bob, the brilliant photographer behind No Traces.


I love this.

Because sometimes I do forget. The simple joy of a piece of chocolate cake and a glass of milk. My children playing lying on the living-room rug, the gentle evening light. The delightful sound of someone laughing, or falling rain. Sometimes I forget that simple, truthful beauty can be found in every little corner of my home.

Gather up the joys and the love, capture the beauty of your life in your home and share the links to your images in the comment section below.

And don't forget to leave a comment here today for a chance to win your own copy of America at Home with your own custom cover. It's the fourth post of our Sundays at Home series for November.


Reader Comments (52)

That photo on No Traces is unreal!
I was just talking with a girlfriend of mine who is right along side me feeling the need to do just what you are takling about. Take photos in our homes of the obvious things we walk by every day.
we think its the onset of the winter months. =)
Great post. thanks for sharing.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlora
I live in an un-glamorous apartment with no yard but I was walking yesterday and found these treasures only a few hundred feet from the asphalt parking lot. Beauty is everywhere- even when it is cold and all the leaves are gone.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenters.allred
i love the picture on not traces. it is unbelievable!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrittany
We live in a fixer-upper... despite the bad carpet, orange counter tops, and ugly wallpaper one of my passions is shooting photos of beauty within my home.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMod GIrl
My son found the beauty in our house this time in the form of his brother. A bit uncommon, but we'll take it for this minute as in 10 minutes they will be fighting!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristy
I snuck outside two days ago and even though everything looked dead, I found these fabulous little treasures when looking through Stella~
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly
the photo on no traces is beautiful. i'm reading 'letting go of the camera' by brooks jensen and he says the same thing as you about looking for new subjects in your own 'backyard'. it's a wonderful book as i'm a newbie photographer. my image has to do with some self portraits i'm doing with objects i love
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercindy k
These are my daughter and my pursuits lately, being a princess and making bread.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJess
I couldn't agree more. Sometimes the light in our backyard is gorgeous and my kids are cooperative and I can get some really fantastic photos. The photos in this set feel magical to me (of course I'm biased since I'm their mom).
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamster
i recently started this set on flickr, photos from our mornings since our routine will be changing as i head back to work. this was my way of savoring all that was good, in our home, in the morning hours.

and i do find inspiration in my home, with sunlight and boy at play. but often when i am lacking in motivation, i'll head to the nearest park for a change of scenery and always always taking photographs of flowers and trees and all things i love about nature get my mojo jumpstarted for homelife again.

great post. love the photo!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercamerashymomma
I'm lucky enough to live on a tropical island, so beauty is all around me every day. But I find the most meaningful images are always of my family. Watching my daughter blossom provides endless inspiration.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
I love photographing the everyday. I've started looking back, as I'm nearing the end of my photo a day year, and am so thankful for what I caught with my camera. They aren't all great pictures -- some are blurry or clearly taken in a hurry at the end of the day -- but they show LIFE in every shot. It's amazing to see, day by day, how things changed; and how much has stayed blessedly the same.

They are beautiful because they tell a story -- not because each photo is a work of art.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdr lyn
i am reminded of a blog entry i posted a while back: little details from around the home:
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertrupeach
This post sounded sooo familiar! It's an internal debate I have *all* the time. My flick rstream is full of things with ten feet (not even miles!) around my house. ;)

The view from our backyard.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate C.
great post to remind us to open our eyes in our own spaces.

this is my favorite thing in my home day and night....
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternikkole!
Some things in my house are meant to be beautiful and are easy to find:
Some things in my house require a bit more looking to tease out the beauty:
As always, with photography, I think it's a matter of keeping your eyes (and your heart) open.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I love hatboxes. Every time I buy a new one I tell myself this is the last.

Small feet belonging to sleeping children appear in the most unexpected of places.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Thanks, as always, for the wonderful reminder. We all get so caught up in trying to get that next inspired image - and, never moreso then at this time of the year - there is magic within our own worlds.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIvette Rosinski
I am very much an at-home photographer. I love to capture the simple, beautiful little moments that will be fogotten if not preserved forever on film - like this one
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
I think this quote sums it up so well:

"To find new things, take the path you took yesterday."
~John Burroughs~
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCis
Thanks for the link to No Traces. I now have him in my feeds to watch.

I took this the first winter I had the camera. For some reason, I really liked the shot and it was one of few I didn't delete.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWanda
The timing of your post is perfect--exactly the reminder I need right now. I'm sitting here with my DSLR and my point and shoot digital camera on my desk. I've been glancing over and wondering where I can go to shoot. I'm beginning to realize I'm already there. Thank you!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
Great post, great pics, great everything!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I struggle with this all the time. I LOVE to travel and found my passion for photography during those travels so it is ingrained in my mind that travel=photography. But alas, you can't travel all the time and its true some of my best photos were taken at home.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
I find hours of entertainment shooting my cat, Marvin, inside things in the house... From pants to closets to drawers, he's everywhere!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBria
This is my first time posting here. I love shooting in my back yard and in my home - that's from where most of my images originate.

Front yard:


Back yard:
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterToni
Yep, sometimes I get frustrated that as a homeschooling mum of four, I don't get the freedom to take my photography to new places a lot. But home is definitely where the heart is!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHay
Thanks for another beautiful started me thinking about all the photos I've been trying to organize lately - my older ones are mostly travel snaps and my newer ones seem to be more from the home...altho both have their places and we need both I think I enjoy taking and looking at the simple ones from home the best. Now that it is getting colder that is a good thing!

My example shows pretty colors in the clutter!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGail
Here lately, I've been more of the mindset that I wish we could pack up and run away so that the photography muses would be my friends again. I think that it's mostly because everytime I try to shoot something, the clutter distracts me. Hmm, maybe I should worry about some "stuff removal".
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeah G
Thank you once again for reminding me that Sundays are special.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPuna
i love that no traces work, amazing. here some wonderful moments at home, my lovely little house, my nest , the center of my family life.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkosenrufu mama
I was cleaning out my husbands drawers and found old valentines candy. I had no clue what to do with it so I photographed it.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterleaca
In staying home, I learn to focus on the details and try my best to expand my techniques rather than my neighborhood. It's been a challenge and it's been fun.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShawna
Wow this is sooo what my photography seems to be about. With my busy schedule I just don't have time to wander far from home. So lately I've been concentrating on beautiful things in my home. And light. Light seems to pop up everywhere near me lately lol. I'm walking up my stairs and I say.."mMmm great light!"
Hubby thinks I've lost the plot. But it's ok. I'm just finding it =)
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJodyangel
photos taken at home take on a special meaning ~so intimate.

my kitchen window sill is a favorite spot :
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterELK
This is the house I grew up in, and my children have been raised here, too. It is so familiar to me; yet every once in awhile, I find a view that makes it seem mysterious and different, and quite beautiful:
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermary
With the arrival of winter, I've taken to looking for treasures in my home to photograph. I also buy little props to keep things interested, such as these guys:
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanine
Oh yes-the gorgeous {NOT} seventies wallpaper in my kitchen is not an ideal backdrop but it is home and with each room we redo my kids get nostalgic over the loss of pattern (hideous though that peach and brown are). So I know someday I will look back on the pictures of the kids doing crafts at the table and say-ph remember THAT paper...yes but it is still home.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterleigh
I struggle with what and where to shoot in my home, I feel like there's not enough light and too much mess! I've mostly experimented in my kitchen...
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Home is where my heart (and most often my camera) is. And thank you for the intro to and link to No Traces, Bob. Wow!
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelody is slurping life
I could leave thousands of links here, because around house and home is where I always take my shots, not having really travelled in a long time! But I leave a couple of recent ones, instead.
November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatureMama
Looking into the kitchen from the garage at dusk.
November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn
There are times I find that the simplest chore around the house is an unending photo opportunity...
November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKacey
I'm enjoying capturing the afternoon sun as we gradually head into summer
November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.