When Beryl Ayn was 20 weeks into her first pregnancy, she lost the baby. Though she had initially planned to photograph her daughter, Beryl Ayn instead leaned on photography as a way to rediscover herself. She began a blog and started sharing her work. Soon she gained a following with other moms who sought her out for their own healing process.
As a teacher, Beryl Ayn embraced technology and taught as a school teacher. She now teaches moms the in’s and outs of photography through her courses on her site.
Her experiences have helped her find the real reason moms take up photography and that is to have deeper connections with their children.
By writing Phoebe The Photographer: Gets A Camera, Beryl Ayn hopes to inspire a love of photography in children early on in their development and give moms who also pursue photography a clear path to connecting with their little ones.
The book’s message, about empowerment and resilience for girls and women, is rooted in the idea that we don’t always get what we want. It took her nearly three years to find an illustrator and when that business connection failed her, she set the project aside only to take it up a few months later.
I spoke with Beryl Ayn about the process of writing this book. Here is our short conversation:
Some of the other challenges Beryl Ayn faced were finding the right language to use, defining the length of the book and figuring out the book’s target audience.
Beryl Ayn has curated a recent blog post on her site called “41 Experts And Creatives Reveal Their 3 Best Tips To Make Photography Fun For Kids“. I was honored to be asked to contribute to this project. Read what I had to say on the topic!
If you have kids who are between the ages of 3 and 8, this would make for a perfect gift to them. So, buy the book right now.