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Tracey Clark  Writer, photographer, author of #ElevatetheEveryday & Expressive Photog, founder @ShutterSisters, sister @DisneySisters, mom.

"At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough." -Toni Morrison #shuttersisters #pftj

Sometimes I think I take photography for granted. Maybe it's because It's been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Or perhaps because shooting has become second nature for me; something I don't even think about anymore because it's always there. Going through images and content for my upcoming workshop has really got me thinking. About my journey with photography. About what it means in my life. About how accessible it has become. About the lifelong process I have engaged in to become not only a better photographer, but a better person. I absolutely cannot imagine my life without a camera.

How lucky we are to have the ability, the power, to document our lives with a tool that demands our focus on the present moment while at the same time ensures that we're preserving that moment for a lifetime. What an incredible gift.
Thank you, photography, for always being my creative companion, my co-conspirator, my clarity and my window to this beautiful world.

If you'd like to continue to cultivate your own photography journey, my friend @danielle.s.cohen & I will be in Portland on Saturday, April 1 leading a workshop. We would love to be a part of your journey and you with ours. (Link in profile)
Isn't photography grand?

#pftj #photographyworkshop
#shuttersisters #elevatetheeveryday

And with an inadvertent nudge by my sweet friend @mainemomma, the stirring up of the most magical memories of my daughters childhood, the slow but sure loss of innocence and the heartbreak of them growing up, I came across an archived folder of the most delightful pictures of my "baby" and now I'm on the verge of a total motherhood meltdown. I'm *this* close to losing it. I miss it. I miss it all. •
#bestillmymamaheart #childhoodunplugged #fbf #elevatetheeveryday #pftj #shuttersisters #myheart

These two. Because National Puppy Day.

#thejunieandgradyshow #nationalpuppyday #dogsofinstgram

"In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path - the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love." -Amit Ray

#shuttersisters #pftj #elevatetheeveryday

A bittersweet first day of spring over here as we enjoyed a free "sweet" from @ritasice before we had to say goodbye again to our college girl (the "bitter" part). Life. *Sigh*

#ritasfirstdayofspring #elevatetheeveryday

"We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky." -Walter Mosley #shuttersisters #pftj #elevatetheeveryday

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back." -Albert Camus
#shuttersisters #pftj #elevatetheeveryday

"If you dont have any shadows you're not in the light."
- Lady Gaga

It was a day of hard work & hard lessons. One that can only be counterbalanced with a good meal, a long shower and by curling up in your daughters bed and being lulled to sleep by the sound of her pencil rhythmically scratching out & solving impossible equations. And when you wake, you find not just one daughter but two (and a dog) snuggled up next to you, and you're overcome by the warmth of love & support that's unconditional & true and it suddenly becomes the kind of day that turns into the kind of night that reminds you; THIS is the only thing that really matters.

Someone's happy to be home. And the feeling is most definitely mutual. #mygirlishome

Hey @everythingawesome! SoCal is waiting for you!

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