If you’re already a follower of Laura Pashby on Instagram (@circleofpines), you’ll know all about her atmospheric photography and simple, soulful story telling. Now there’s an utterly beautiful brand new book by Laura to enjoy and we have signed hardback copies to give away to 3 lucky readers! Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter our competition and good luck!
Escape inside Little Stories of Your Life (Quadrille, £16.99) by Laura Pashby and find inspiration to help you create – and share – your own moments and narrative. The book is full of ideas and tips to help you become a visual story teller, and to find the wellbeing benefits of mindfulness and creativity along the way.
I couldn’t agree more with Laura’s own words about the central belief under-pinning her book:
‘The little stories of our lives tell of simple moments when the everyday is transformed into something remarkable. Real lives are not defined by bright, exciting events: we don’t need a grand narrative arc. It’s the stretches of time in between that matter, the tiny moments and the daily choices that make us who we are.’
Before I go into more detail about the book itself, and the practical inspiration it offers, I thought we should kick off with a peek inside at some of Laura’s beautiful photography as well as this lovely trailer by film maker Xanthe Berkeley.
How to start telling your own creative story
Combining the wellbeing benefits of mindfulness, creativity and daily photography, Little Stories of your Life shows you how to use words and photographs to capture moments, and how to share these in order to connect with others. Each chapter explores the different ways you can tell stories, considers why you might choose to tell them and helps you to create a patchwork of tales about your life, however small they might be.
There are plenty of ideas to help ensure your photos are telling your story – the way you want to tell it, with tips to help you improve your photography. This very special book is full of creative exercises that will inspire you to pick up your camera and pen and use words and photographs to capture precious little moments from your own life.
There are exercises to gently guide you through how to journal and harness your own inner creativity, as well as tips on writing authentic captions for Instagram, photo challenges and writing prompts to get you started.
As Laura puts it so beautifully:
‘Your stories are waiting to be told. By capturing your little stories, you will open yourself up to new connections, to beauty, to opportunity – and it might just change how you see the world.
‘I wrote this book for the person I used to be, the person who believed that her life wasn’t exciting enough to be recorded, and that a story was only interesting if it was dramatic and eventful. I wanted to tell her that her voice was worth hearing, that her life — all the tiny details of her utterly ordinary life — mattered. We don’t need a grand narrative arc to have a story to tell.
I also wrote this book for you because your voice — and your story — matters.’
A little bit about Laura
Laura is a qualified teacher with an MA in Literature, she teaches storytelling E- courses and spent three years as the deputy editor of 91 Magazine – an independent magazine that covers all aspects of creative living. Across social media, but particularly on Instagram (@circleofpinetrees), Laura has built a sizeable and engaged following.
Win a signed copy of Little Stories of your Life
I am so excited to be able to offer signed copies to 3 lucky competition winners.
If you’d like one of them to be yours, all you have to do is share a few words about what your little stories might be… Be as creative as you like! Post your entry as a comment at the foot of this blog post.
You won’t see your entry appear immediately when you add it to a comment box, but it will come through to our admin area once you click the ‘post comment’ button. Once we’ve logged your entry we’ll publish it.
Please note that this competition is only open to residents of the UK.
Good luck and hope you enjoy! We’ll be choosing the winner at the beginning of December, so why not enter now?
Credits: Photography: Laura Pashby. Headshot: Tim Dunk