I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Baker.  

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 


“Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.”  ~ Dragan Tapshanov 

I have gotten hooked on the TV show The Taste. I think it is my secret love for Anthony Bourdain and now Marcus Samuelssaon. I am not sure how much of it is real, but I do love watching all the cooking going on and the remarks the judges make about the food. I feel the contestants have an amazing amount of passion when it comes to cooking and their knife skills alone are enough to keep me coming back (and Nigella Lawson's dresses). I love Nigella, don't get me wrong; I love that she gets up in the middle of the night and eats leftovers cold out of her fridge.... or at least she says she does. 

And while I love to cook and that is part of the reason I like the show, what I really have learned is that you have to keep yourself motivated, you have to push yourself, you have to keep taking cooking or photography or ____ (fill in the blank here yourself) a step further, or you might as well just eat boxed mac and cheese every night for dinner. And I am not talking about just adding a bit of bacon to the pan, but maybe trying a whole new way of making it. 

Somewhere along the way last year I lost that passion a bit. I got lazy and stopped learning, I was stagnant. I look back on my flicker photo pool and I see variations of the same photo over and over. It all boils down to mindfulness and experimenting, trying new recipes if you will, and trying new things to keep on learning. 

Several of my Now You friends and I are doing a year long project using the book Shooting With Soul. It is 44 weeks of prompts which we are going to spread out over the next year. The first one is a glimpse of you. It seemed only fitting that we should start out with a self portrait, as that is what brought us all together a few years back. But I gotta tell you it has spurred us all on. The photos in our private flickr group are amazing. I needed this nudge and maybe some of them did too. I can't wait to see what the year will bring. I will post some of mine here once in a while for you to see. If you are looking for a great book to give you some inspiration this one is really good. 


i hope your sunday is beautiful, 
thanks for spending some of it with me,