I’m participating in a photography challenge this year called Photographing Happiness. Every month, on the 12th of the month, we will share 12 photos (or so) based on a theme.

The workshop is led by talented photographer and photoblogger, Rachel Devine of Sesame Ellis.


This month the theme is beginnings. I found myself exploring the line where some things end and inevitably, another will begin. For example, how a sunset is the end of one day but the beginning of night. How a first haircut might mean the end of babyhood but the beginning of childhood or how celebrating the end of the year with family means the beginning of a new one.

Rachael has inspired us to stop keeping the good camera for ‘special occasions’ and to get it out every day because every day is special. Only one month into the project, I am already starting to look at life differently- without taking small, beautiful moments for granted.

I didn’t include 12 photos this month but I hope to work up to that number. The camera came along WAY more often than normal but many photos didn’t make the cut. Not that all of these are amazing, I’m really focusing on avoiding ‘point and pray’ and being more deliberate with my shots. Also, I’m trying not rely on editing. Several of these shots are completely unedited and others simply tweaked. (All shot with Canon 70D except for the last one, shot with an iPhone).

See Rachael’s January post here.

Author: dawnrieniets

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6 thoughts on “Photographing Happiness: Beginnings

  1. I love this! So happy to have you on board this year!

    Posted on January 12, 2017 at 1:18 am
  2. Great start – I am yet to pick my pics for today…. But I am inspired now to just get it happening! I really like the paintbrushes pic and the haircut!

    Posted on January 12, 2017 at 2:33 am
    1. Thanks Kim! Can’t wait to check out our pics too!

      Posted on January 12, 2017 at 2:42 am
  3. I love it when you post pics. What an inspiring idea for a focus on photography. Can’t wait to see more.

    Posted on January 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    1. Thanks!! I have a lot to learn but I love it so much. ❤

      Posted on January 13, 2017 at 5:50 am