Books that have helped shaped my photography and the way I serve you to empower and show you you are fab. Still a massive work in progress and so many I need to revisit.
Mister God this is Anna – Fynn
The reason I have my name and a truly beautiful book of a beautiful warm relationship and a 6yr olds magical wisdom.
So much of my life has been rooted in christianity from my Irish Catholic upbringing. I don’t pick this up very often but it has given me hope when I have needed. I prefer the second half.. This is a metal version as I’ve always thought one day it might save my life but I don’t carry it with me so not a huge chance of that!
You are Enough – Harri Rose
I’ve been enjoying dipping in this and want to use more of this ethos in how I can be of better service to you, for your photographs.
Photography, A very Short Introduction – Steve Edwards
Does what it says on the tin.
Zen Philospophy, Zen Practice – Thich Thien An
An excellent intro to Zen practice. One I am literally lightyears away from mastering. I didn’t even finish the book but one day will conquer it.
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
If you carry this on the tube people will actually talk to you. It stirs something inside! I don’t 100% agree with it all but it’s a brilliant insight into being here now and not focussing on the past or present. Something as an enneagram 4 I am useless at.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
My favourite author. This book will make you feel hopeful…unless you are an utter sceptic as I just saw the reviews. 1 star or 5 stars. Who knew a book could divide so many people. Read it and let me know!It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
The Butterfly Wing – Jenny Bird
Jenny is the wife of my Grandma’s wonderful cousin Allan. One day this appeared through the letterbox. The Butterfly’s wing was one of my more highbrow name ideas for my branding business! Can’t wait to dive into this.
Heart Minded – Sarah Blondin
Sarah’s voice and meditations carried my through my pregnancy. Listening to her is like having a warm much needed hug and being tucked up in bed with a Horlicks
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackery.
Truly utterly heart stoppingly beautiful. Though my 3 yr old informed me the pictures weren’t very good the other night. Pfft do better Charlie.
Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes
Pretty much the book that represents my photography degree. On how we view photographs. Our relationships with them, and how they are a reminder of mortality.
You are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero
This is a suspend your disbelief-er. I need to revisit. But I love the message and it is helping me override my money blocks from growing up not having a hella lot of money.
You are a Badass – Jen Sincero
More of the same except helping us realise we are AWESOME which is nice.
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
Oh this lady. She gets you in the feels with merely a couple of lines. Wonderful poetry.
A Toolkit for Modern Life – Dr Emma Hepburn.
This was a gift and I’ve only dipped in. Haven’t managed to find time to dip in which says a lot really.
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Pretty much explains why I missed the boat on the story about the slug that I had made up as I saw someone had released a similar one. A great book.
Atomic Habits – James Clear
Got this one for my partner and have heard rave reviews. Need to revisit asap and this is my sign. Easy ways to build good habits.
Little Stories of your Life – Laura Pashby
Beautiful words and photographs. This came a couple of months ago and I keep putting it next to my bed to read but I fall asleep as I’m too tired always. Can’t wait to devour it and want to take pictures this pretty.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
Gifted to me by my lovely friend. We only have the life we have and it’s about making the most of it and not wishing it was different.
How to Be an Explorer of the World – Keri Smith
Gifted to me at uni by a fellow photographer. I am going to use it as inspiration to get creative with my kids when the time comes!
The Photograph – Graham Clarke
Comprehensive history of photography that I had to read for my degree and helped me in my dissertation. Makes me look smart.
Criticizing Photographs – Terry Barrett
A great book on learning how to critique photography and art. Great to look objectively at our work and always strive to improve.
Last one that I didn’t have to take a photograph of because I leant it to someone and can’t remember who. But that pretty much directed many years of my life.
Bridge Across My Sorrows – Christina Noble and Robert Coram
“From heartache and pain to healing and inspiration, this true story reveals the strength and courage of a special woman.”
This book had me volunteering in Vietnam and then working for Christina’s charity at their head office in London for 3 years. Truly inspiring and my hero.
Love books and never find the time to read these days. These are some of my non fictional faves. Fictional would be a lotttt longer and I can’t remember names.
If you’re still here then well done!! What’s your favourite book?