I’m happy to introduce our guest muse today, Darrah Parker. Darrah is a mama, photographer, writer and also the teacher of one of my most-favorite photography e-courses! Armed with her camera, she is on a constant search for the joy in everyday Slices of Life and magic in simple moments. She enjoys spending time making up silly songs with her daughter, wandering Seattle’s farmer’s markets with her husband, and sipping lattes – always with a camera close at hand! 

A Girl and Her Shadow

It seems that she’s discovered her shadow just in time for summer. At 19- months old, she has realized that she is a whole person, separate from me and her daddy. She has strong opinions about just about everything and the sense of humor of someone who has lived much longer than she has.


She has a newfound confidence that takes her to new places. We encourage her to explore beyond our safety net. All the while, I want to scoop her up and protect her forever. I know this isn’t possible. So I take a step back, take a deep breath, and cheer her on. “Go go go!” I say, when what I really want to do is say, “Slow down! You’re growing up too fast!”


The summer months are helping us slow down. Even on days when we are in a hurry, we always take time to wander. To look for bugs. To blow bubbles. To sit in the grass. To skip and stomp and meander.


And then there’s her shadow. I didn’t notice it until this summer. It’s always there now. Like a guardian angel watching over her. Perhaps that will provide me with a little comfort. As she continues to grow and explore, her shadow will always be there, reminding her that she is not alone. Wherever she goes, I will always be there.

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This summer, I am focusing on these simple, slow moments by photographing my daughter and her shadow. If you’d like to join me, post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #agirlandhershadow


Thank you Darrah for joining us here today! You can find more of Darrah’s work on her website and can connect with her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.
Holly ~ Soupatraveler

Mobile Monday Giveaway Special!


Don’t forget, you have more chances to win a spot in The Phone Photography Project over at Big Picture Classes where Holly and Jenny are both teaching this summer!

Just comment on any Mortal Muses post this week; each comment counts as a chance to win. We will draw 6 lucky winners announcing the results next Mobile Monday. If you’ve already signed up for the class, don’t worry; Big Picture Classes give you a refund if you win!

You can read what BPC has to say about the class here.