I hold on in life. Not to things. Things can come and go and generally it doesn’t bother me. I love to get rid of stuff that is not longer serving me in the hopes that someone else can use it.

What I hold on to is memories. Feelings. That place of where I am in that moment and not wanting to let go.  Sometimes it is a white-knuckle-death grip. I decide that my heart is so full, that things might be going well, that to advance is too scary. So I hold on for dear life.

This is why I am so passionate about photography. The moments, the memories. They become a tangible art form that I can hold on to. But I made an interesting discovery, when thinking recently about the mechanics of it all. You see, in order to take a picture, you actually have to release. You watch, wait. Pick a moment. Press the button. But you can’t take the picture until you let go.

I don’t like to let go. But I don’t have a choice. None of us do. We all have to eventually in so many ways, great and small, over the course of our lives. To fight against it is futile. So instead I am trying to embrace the release. To love so deeply is a gift. ┬áTo cherish the mundane little moments and gifts that is each day. There are blessings here, always. So I will learn to release, each day a little more at a time and to make room and space in my heart for new. New memories. New adventures. New blessings. And it will be okay. Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time, and the way of it all is to let go of some things to usher in something else. Because that is how the universe works. And to flow with nature and all of it’s mysterious ways is a synchronous dance of joy and gratitude… If you can keep up with the steps.



Gina Graham is a photographer who is passionate about capturing and archiving family memories for years to come. For more information on booking milestone and family photography, as well as a complimentary in-home art and print consultation, contact Gina at

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