Photographer, Tara Hornich | See Beauty...™ Friday Feature

Today's See Beauty...Friday Feature is by photographer, Tara Lisciandro-Hornich.  Grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy her story of how the nostalgia of an old familiar place leads her to rediscover her passion.  In her own words, here's Tara:

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There’s a place I love to go with my daughter - it’s usually very green there and full of fresh air and gentle breezes. I grew up there, riding horses, walking through paths and hiking around a small stream that flows through the mountain. I love this place. I love how beautiful it feels and smells. I love what it reminds me of and I know I can go there any time to find grace.

It’s my paradise.


As a child, my family introduced me to this park. We would go there for a Saturday hike, or a horse ride. I would bring my little “drop and load” Kodak camera, take pictures of little waterfalls, rocks, squirrels on trees and the bright sunbeams that gleamed through the trees. I loved it and that’s all I needed for a quick smile on my face.

Today, almost 20 years later, the park has made some changes and it’s still a beautiful place for families and kids. Now I take my “big girl” camera with me and shoot the same rocks and sunbeams, but nowadays, my four-year-old daughter is usually the subject and the rocks and sunbeams are the backdrop.

As a child I simply took photos because mom or dad was always putting a camera in my hands - not sure why, but they did. I took photos of everything, got them developed and put them in a box. I have a LOT of boxes. Then, I grew up, found a job and my picture-taking stopped. However, over the past two years I’ve picked up my love for photography, once again.

I’m a mom, wife, and a full-time teacher making room for an old/new love, photography.

 

It’s funny how all we have to do is go back to what we loved doing as kids to remind us of where our hearts belong. Carl Jung said it best,

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Here is the key to your earthly pursuits.”

It’s not easy to have to start all over again, but the best part of finding my way back to photography is being able to visit some of my most cherished spaces again. They tend to bring out the best in us.

See Beauty...

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Submission by: Tara Lisciandro-Hornich is a professional teacher and writer. She is some what “self taught,” in the art of photography. Tara is also a Reiki therapist and enjoys assisting others in energy work and healing. She uses her photography skills to capture auras and colors surrounding people (and pets!) which aide in better understanding our chakra system and general health.  Learn more about Tara by visiting her website & blog.

*Note: The above pictures are property of Tara Lisciandro-Hornich, please do not copy without permission.

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