I am incredibly excited to be rebooting the lifestyle photography blog circle, Songs of Life, which I was fortunate enough to be a part of with several talented photographers.  As the craziness of life seemed to consume us last year, this project sadly fell to the wayside.  However, we are reviving this wonderful project, and I am looking forward to being a part of it once again.

For this series, we will be using a different song each month as our inspiration, while capturing everyday moments in our own lives.  We will be taking a lifestyle approach to our photography, as we document our own families living our own lives.  Lifestyle photography attempts to capture real moments, taking more of a documentary approach rather than posed portraits.  I am hoping to incorporate more lifestyle photography within my client sessions, and I am so excited to participate in this monthly project.  This month’s inspiration was the song “Radiate” by Jack Johnson.  If you would like to listen to this fun, happy song while you read through the blog circle, click here.

When I hear this song, I can’t help but smile.  It makes me think of the fun, happy magic of childhood.  Children seem to radiate a certain kind of innocent bliss.  They see the wonderment and joy in even the simplest of things.  Watching children play and laugh, especially when it’s your own child, is a joy in itself.  Initially, I had a few ideas for how I wanted to interpret this song.  However, it it was spontaneous fun at a birthday party for one of our friends that ultimately inspired me the most.  I was in their back yard, watching the kids playing in the water.  They were  having the time of their lives,.  The sun was radiating behind them – beautiful summer evening light.  I wanted to capture them in that moment – the glee and laughter of the sweet magic that is childhood play.  Children radiate light.  They radiate joy.  They even radiate nostalgia.  They allow us to see life as we once did – when we were children ourselves, splashing and playing in the water on a hot summer evening without a care in the world.





We should all endeavor to see the world as children do.  To find joy in the simplest of things.  To play more. To radiate more.

Please continue along in our blog circle and visit Casey McCauley Photography to see her interpretation of this song!

  • Sue Mistretta - Great photos Sharon! The first one truly captures the moments of childhood! ReplyCancel

  • Casey McCauley - Sharon, I just want to jump in! Love everything about this:) Summer light is so dreamy. Love the last shot so much!

  • Lucy Sandeen - Wow! That first photo really did take me back and remind me of the joys of childhood! So simple, but so beautiful. There is a certain kind of happy that children are in the water, I think, and you captured that beautifully. Love the lighting and the happiness in these. 🙂 ReplyCancel

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