Everyone knows Venice, California is by all means – “unique”. But there is another side of Venice that is serene, calm and beautiful. It’s actually one of my favorite locations to do photoshoots because there is easy access/parking (which is not so easy to come by in LA) and also not as nearly as populated as other beaches like Santa Monica and Malibu.

I purchased a new “landscape” lens (35mm for all my photog nerds) that I have been dying to try out so I thought, “there’s no place like Venice!” It’s also very convenient being only about a 10 minute drive from my house.

It was about an hour and a half prior to sunset so the sun was just low enough to give a nice haze over the cool ocean. Ironically, what I love the most about this image are the birds. I’ll go ahead and admit it – I have a bit of a bird obsession. Ever since I was little my dad would always point out the humming birds to me (still my favorite to this day – they are the cutest!) But I also love them because of what they symbolize – Freedom. Jason and I actually both have bird tattoos on our arms. (I got mine first btw – just sayin ;)) They are usually very calm and just walk along the beach searching for their next snack, but there was some commotion going on around them that caused them all to flutter at the exact same moment click!

I decided to pair the image with my favorite poem – ever. I actually remember where I was the first time I read it. It’s amazing how some things just stay with  you, even just in your subconscious. I now have this poem memorized (read: ingrained in my brain). There have been several times in my life where I would have feelings of doubt or uncertainty and after reading this it would immediately wither away. Faith over Fear!

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What are some of your favorite inspirational poems or quotes that uplift you during your feelings of doubt? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

You can also view more of my favorite quotes HERE!