Finding beauty around you daily, in photos

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Beauty in photos – Nancy E. Hassel, ThisFurryLife.com

Finding beauty around you every day – whether you live in the city, suburbia or in the country – should not be that hard to do.

Summer flower, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Summer flower, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel

From the city skyline, your favorite flower at the park or a bucolic country landscape – these days it is so easy to capture that view.

Chicago skyline behind incredible marina - Nancy Hassel Photography, iPhone picture!
Chicago skyline behind incredible marina – Nancy Hassel Photography, iPhone picture!

Whether you’re an avid photographer or novice using your iPhone, we are incredibly fortunate to live in a day and age to be able to take photos at any given moment.  (And video, and Live video on our phones, it is crazy, what an amazing time we live in!)

Perfect September day, reflections while walking the dog - Nancy Hassel Photography ~ iPhone picture
Perfect September day, reflections while walking the dog – Nancy Hassel Photography ~ iPhone picture

I have been taking pictures since as long as I can remember – one year for Christmas as a little kid I got 110 camera and film – absolutely my favorite present that year, and I am sure I drove my parents crazy taking pictures. (I know I am dating myself, but I don’t care!) 

Chubby Cardinal puffed out trying to stay warm on a very cold winter day. ~ Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Chubby Cardinal puffed out trying to stay warm on a very cold winter day. ~ Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel

In college, I majored in communications and journalism with a focus in television – my very last semester I had 3 credits to fill, and decided to take photography.  It thought it would be a good fit with my major, and since I had already taken every class and then some focused around TV – there wasn’t anything left to take.  Photography quickly became a favorite class of mine – and of course my final project of photos was done in black and white film of horses, of course it was of animals.

Beautiful horse at a local stable on the North Fork of Long Island. ~Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Beautiful horse at a local stable on the North Fork of Long Island. ~Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel

I thought for a while right after graduation that I wished I had majored in photography, but I am actually really glad I didn’t – because while working in television production I worked with some of the best DP’s (Director of Photography), in television, film and still photography – and learned even more from them.

Blue Moon overhead, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Blue Moon overhead, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel

I am still a student of photography.  I really should take a class to be better at it, and completely understand every function on my camera.    I am inspired by local photographers here on Long Island capturing wildlife and every day moments in time.

Swan in the springtime, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Swan in the springtime, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel

There are so many amazing photographers out there – and some stunning iPhone photography on Instagram, anyone can have fun with photography.  So if you are interested in photography or just have fun with your phone taking pictures, get out there and find what draws your eye in – you never know what beauty you may find and how you will inspire others.

Fall leaves, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
Fall leaves, Nancy Hassel Photography, Canon Rebel
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