My daily surroundings look typical for a family of five; a kitchen in need of attention, toys out of place, unmade beds. The walls in all of these rooms that scream “home” are lined with images from our vacations to the beach on Anna Maria Island. Not only are the images beautiful, but also they are an attempt to remind and encourage myself to be a bit more like I am when at the beach; my most creative self.
When my toes hit the sand I feel as if the wind sweeps away the rules, the most beautiful canvas is revealed to me, and I’m “allowed” to create, as my heart desires.
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner – continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you – is a fine art, in and of itself.” Elizabeth Gilbert
Over the years as my children have grown and my skills have improved my approach to capturing our Anna Maria trips has changed. A shift has occurred from capturing my children close up, focusing on their cute little faces to now preserving the feeling and stories of our family time together. Once I was able to instantly adjust camera settings I was able to let go of the technical aspects, which opened up a whole new world for me.
No longer was I looking through the viewfinder to see potential images I was now looking around me. I was seeing the bluest sky, the clearest water, the tallest sand castle, the puffiest clouds, and the most spectacular sunsets.
While everything is being piled in the beach cart, my camera bag is strapped to my back. We flip flop to the beach with only sun and fun on our mind, as these images cannot be planned. The camera stays safe in my bag while I spend time with the kids and I begin noticing. I study the light, colors, sky, crowd, attitudes, tides, and more. Observing. This is how it all starts.
Acknowledging the immediate beauty around me is like a painter being handed a whole new palette of colors. On Anna Maria Island, my children are no longer my sole focus. My creativity is constantly forced to the forefront as I strive to unite my children with the natural beauty around us. For me, these are the images that allow me to stretch my creativity while preserving our time spent at the beach. I live my most amplified life on Anna Maria and I’m determined to bring this creative life with me wherever I may go.
A little about the artist: Maggie of Maggie Fuller Photography is a natural light family photographer exploring the Tampa Bay area with local families. She fills her beloved annual photo album with storyboards of family adventures to the local dairy farm, strawberry fields, favorite Florida beaches, and Disney World.