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Looking for Love and Finding it, One Photo at a Time

My mother has always loved hearts. My guess is it’s because her birthday is so close to Valentine’s Day. It’s kind of like her holiday.  Over the years she’s collected all kinds of things that either had hearts on them or were the shape of a heart. She would give my sisters and I (and now my daughters too) little heart shaped trinkets; little tokens of love. Even though I always appreciated her heart shaped world, I always just thought of it as her thing, not mine.

But five years ago, at the very start of the Shutter Sisters blog, my friend and shutter sister Karen Walrond started a weekly feature there called Love Thursday. And so sparked my interest in seeking out love in even the unlikeliest of places. With the obvious symbol of love being the heart, my search for love became a search for hearts and so began my own love affair with the recognizable, unmatched gracious heart.

For the past five years I have experienced hearts in a million different ways. I have created them, I have sought them out, I have found them, I have given and received them and of course I have captured them through the lens of my camera.

When it comes to looking for love (and hearts), these are some of the best I’ve found.

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  • In the mail. 1 of 20
    In the mail.
    First Class Love delivered.
  • In your pocket. 2 of 20
    In your pocket.
    Keep the change.
  • All over the floor. 3 of 20
    All over the floor.
    The perks of picking up.
  • On the stove. 4 of 20
    On the stove.
    Cooking up a little love.
  • Basking in the sun. 5 of 20
    Basking in the sun.
    Turn on your love light.
  • In your sugar bowl. 6 of 20
    In your sugar bowl.
    Whispering sweet nothings.
  • On your sleeve. 7 of 20
    On your sleeve.
    Proclaim your love.
  • In the kitchen sink. 8 of 20
    In the kitchen sink.
    Bubbles of love.
  • In the toy box. 9 of 20
    In the toy box.
    It's child's play.
  • On the chopping block. 10 of 20
    On the chopping block.
    A sprinkling of love.
  • Written on the wall. 11 of 20
    Written on the wall.
    Message heard loud and clear.
  • In your cup of tea. 12 of 20
    In your cup of tea.
    This takes soothing to a whole new level.
  • In the air. 13 of 20
    In the air.
    The sky is the limit.
  • Here and there. 14 of 20
    Here and there.
    A little goes a long way.
  • In the dirt. 15 of 20
    In the dirt.
    Dig for love.
  • In the garden. 16 of 20
    In the garden.
    A harvest with a heart.
  • Under the covers. 17 of 20
    Under the covers.
    Wrapped up in love.
  • In your cereal bowl. 18 of 20
    In your cereal bowl.
    Waking up to love.
  • In the little things. 19 of 20
    In the little things.
    Love is in the details.
  • On your dinner plate. 20 of 20
    On your dinner plate.
    Love on a silver platter.

For me, finding hearts in my everyday life is an affirmation. With each heart, I am reminded that love is everywhere. We just need to keep focusing on it.


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