Entry No. 3 | Palomar Mountain, January 2018

Sometimes I forget the importance of just getting out a shooting. Last week I took a rather spontaneous trip to Palomar Mountain to shoot with a girl named Selina. This trip reminded me of a lot of things that my mind had lost sight of in this busy season of my life. Things that I want to be reminding myself of constantly, because they deserve more than the attention I've been giving them lately. 

 

I've known Selina for years, probably around 3 years, and we have never spent any time together 1 on 1. Once I realized that, my mind was practically blown. It's insane to think about how long ago you've met someone, yet you never had a moment to really get to know how they think, what they've been through, or why they do what they do. This showed me how I allowed life to get in the way of really getting to know a person well. Another thing that tied into this was being reminded of why I fell in love with photography. I love getting to know people for real, and capturing the real and raw state of who they are on camera. I chose photography because of my own, and society's, desire for authenticity and vulnerability. There is a depth that can be established between you and the person on the other side of the camera, as long as you open yourself up to that experience.

I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY, BECAUSE I LOVE PEOPLE.

Learning so much about Selina in our 5+ hours together brought back the why of what I do. So, really, I have her to thank for that.

 

Not only was I reminded of why I am so passionate about photography, but I realized how much I missed adventuring for the sake of adventure. So much of this past season of my life has been focused on planning and schedules and preparation, and this Palomar Mountain shoot showed me that

I NEED TO ALLOW MORE SPACE IN MY LIFE FOR ADVENTURE AND SPONTANEITY.

 

Spontaneous things inspire me to live a full and fun life, even in the midst of difficult stuff. Life is more than just working on things, it's also about enjoying the tiniest things to the biggest, most beautiful moments. I don't want to live for the seconds where things are great,

BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW THAT I LIVE MY LIFE ENJOYING EACH MOMENT, EVEN THE HARD ONES.

 

I'm thankful for the opportunity to shoot with such a confident and kind person, and not only catch up on all the things we never had the chance to discuss, but also to be revived in the passion and purpose I have and hold behind what I do. I love that my journey as a photographer and a person has continued to keep me learning, and growing, and relearning again in new and unique ways. Here's to hoping for more shoots that teach me more about loving people and loving life. 

keep loving & learning, friends!

- sAMMYNOELLE

Sammy Segui