When I started developing the kind of site I wanted Girl Hearts Camera to be in late 2011, I envisioned a site that encouraged photographers in a positive and nurturing environment. I wanted to empower photographers and be a source of inspiration for them. I expected to give so much of myself…but what I never expected were the connections that I have made with so many women, that now, thanks to Girl Hearts Camera, I am so fortunate to call friends.
I have been in constant awe of the support, sincerity and friendships; more so over the last few weeks when I have needed it the most. The community at Girl Hearts Camera is nothing short of amazing and I am so incredibly proud to be a part of it. Humbled, really. It’s an intimate group of women that have formed, what I hope, are lifelong bonds. And these bonds will only be strengthened by things such as the Inspiration on the Farm: a girls weekend of fellowship, inspiration and learning from another.
Yesterday I received a surprise package from a fan (who has turned friend over the last few weeks). When I opened it, y’all I literally had tears in my eyes. Lesley made, as in sewed HERSELF, these amazing bonnets. She said she found this bee fabric and she knew that she had to make something to send to me. She said that because of Girl Hearts Camera, she will officially be getting her business license and going into business. If I could find the words to describe how reading that statement made me feel, I would. It gave me goosebumps, and I don’t think she knows it, but reading that infused my soul with so much more determination for continuing to (try to) inspire other photographers. Lesley, I adore the bonnets. They are simply gorgeous and unbelievably heartfelt. And they will serve as the symbol of everything Girl Hearts Camera embodies. Thank you, a million times over ♥