The Power of Photography {Guest Post}

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Joining Better in Bulk today is Miel Abeille (Melissa), artist, book-lover, and author of the blog Miel et Lait (Milk and Honey). Please welcome her as our next guest poster, speaking today on one of my favorite subjects – Photography!

Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty commented, “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” From candid shots to posed portraits, the photograph cements a moment in time.  The shutter captures the soul of the moment, sealing the senses. When you see a picture from a summer picnic, don’t you smell the barbecued chicken? Can you taste your aunt’s famous potato salad and hear the blender churning out strawberry daiquiri’s?

The power of the photograph extends beyond fusing faces and fashion onto film. Memories from both milestones and mundane days are forever frozen in time. Relationships are etched in technicolor, reminding the viewer of loves, losses, beginnings and endings. How long has it been since you connected with the friend in the photo?

A visual document to serve as a barometer for growth and to remind us of who we once were, that is the photograph. Sometimes, we stumble on our journey through life. Getting knocked around, thrown down a rabbit hole, and tumble dried, we struggle to recognize ourselves. Photographs remind us of the person we once were and can be, yet again.

Some cultures believe photography steals the soul, but could it be that the soul is actually preserved through the eyes of the photographer? A photo can capture the warrior during the days when she is at battle, demonstrating her strength. The photograph reflects back the inner spirit, spunk and shine of a person ready to take on the world.

The art of story telling would not be the same without the power of the photograph. As talented as a writer could be, the photo evokes sentiments that words cannot approach.  Wouldn’t this essay have been more powerful with photos?

Take your best shot, every chance you get. You never know when you might look back on your Kodak moment and say a silent prayer of gratitude for capturing that moment in time.

To read more musings by Miel Abeille, visit Miel et Lait at

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About Lolli

Lolli has written 3176 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between.

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  1. I am thrilled that you all like my post. This is quite possibly the best post I’ve ever written.


  2. That is so true! Yesterday my daughter had an end of the year party at school. The batteries in my camera were dead so I left it at home. I sure wish I had my camera, though. I think I am going to be better prepared next time!
    .-= Cascia @ Healthy Moms´s last blog ..Better Health through Poetry =-.


  3. Very well written and so true :)
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..I hope you like purple… =-.


  4. Mis, you said this so beautifully. And I totally agree 100%. It is a very powerful medium that evokes so much emotion in me, which is why I am rarely without my camera. (Or one of my cameras.) I want to capture those moments and freeze them in time to remember the summer bbq or the smell of the pool, etc. forever. Great read!
    .-= alicia´s last blog ..Friday Flip Offs! =-.


  5. So very true…and I think it’s often times that I forget my camera when I really wished I had it!
    .-= Krystyn´s last blog ..Reunion Coffee Review and Giveaway =-.



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