Beauty of Embracing the Challenge

March 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Jillian Chilson, photographer Challenges are what make us who we are. We can embrace them or fight them.  I would say challenges have transformed how I approach photography completely.

Despite how much I love being active and working, undiagnosed health problems took over my life for several years. It was a battle to get the right diagnosis so that I could get my health back into order. 

Let's just say it wasn't my idea of a good time. 


I learned to celebrate anything that gave me a spark of joy. 

I learned how to focus my thoughts away from feeling sorry for myself and planning for the future that I wanted to have. 

I learned how just feel the joy of photography for the sake of photography. 

For awhile, I was much too weak to even carry a camera on the short walks I would take on advice from my doctor.  So I went where so many pro photographers refuse to go.... I started shooting photos and editing them on my iPhone. All I knew is that I wanted to commemorate the things I would see on my walks that made me smile.  I would just stare at these images when issues with my health would get to me. 

Photography is not about the camera.  It is about the heart of the photographer.  Understanding the technicals of what makes a good photograph is the foundation.  Embracing and celebrating life with that knowledge allows my heart to fly.  

Ultimately, the best camera in the world will always be the one that is with you. 

Here are a few of my favs! These are available for purchase

View at the James River, Richmond VAView at the James River, Richmond VA


Endless LeavesEndless Leaves Take Time to RelaxTake Time to Relax

Take Time to RelaxThe Day Is Not OverSunset in Chesterfield VA Mane AttractionMane Attraction A Feathered ViewA Feathered View A Door to the Other SideA Door to the Other Side Snowy Walk by the CreekSnowy Walk by the Creek

Fresh Fall LeavesFresh Fall Leaves


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