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How can I contribute to this world?
How can I make a difference?
How can I help?
In this last year, my understanding of these questions has become crystal clear.
I have always look at doctors as the obvious in the ability to save lives! I also knew that in order to help people, I would have to find a different skill as I am the first one to faint in the ER so the odds where NOT in my favour for this one. All along taking for granted what I did for fun, what I loved doing and what made me feel whole, not understanding that a true gift only comes alive when it is “not just something you do” it is part of who you are! The moment I started understanding that not everyone was able to pick up a camera and capture a moment , an emotion, a memory, I got it. I have been searching how to make things better around me, how to help, how to ease someones pain and it was under my nose or should I say around my neck all along.
I was a fool, I had not seen the most important help I could provide. Help someone tell their story, Shine light and bring attention to their message. Help them in their journey to capture memories and leave a foot print for other to witness and cherish. Don’t get me wrong this makes me shake most of the time in hoping to always be authentic, true and pure in my intentions.
I think in pictures…always. I listen to music and there is a film, a story line, a moving image that unfold in my head constantly and in the last year, I have started to realize that not everyone does that.
So call it a gift, a skill and an addiction, a sick personality disorder, it’s what I do and to an extent it’s who I am.
And so from a friend of a friend this wonderful lady named Michelle crossed my path a few months ago and she and I have connected in one of the most intense way I have yet experienced. She has a story, no let me clarify this SHE HAS A HELL OF A STORY and it needs to be heard…by everyone. She is a WOMAN, a FIGHTER, a WARRIOR, a MOTHER, a WIFE, a DAUGHTER, a SISTER, a FRIEND, a WRITER, a SURVIVOR and yes she has CANCER, she has that too. I have never met someone with so much drive.
So I will keep a few surprises up my sleeves for what she and I have in the works but Michelle has just released her Memoirs titled: “THE YEAR I DIED” and I helped her create the visuals for the book cover as well as a little sexy headshot which she rock with her new short hair! We are both so proud of the results and now it’s time for everyone to read her story, you need to do this and she has promised me there is humour in it. Isn’t it time we all step out of our comfort zone and come together to celebrate BEAUTY & STRENGTH , it is so rarely showed in our society with women and so beautifully portrayed here. It’s time to allow yourself to be moved and inspired.
I know I did and I am better because of it.
Thank you Michelle
This morning my dad sent me this photo he took from his IPhone. It moved me on so many levels. The obvious in the image but it was more than that.
My dad and I see the same things, we are moved by the little reality checks that life gives us here and there; we’ve always been like that. I remember growing up, he and I separately would spot owls in the trees while driving on the highway or the dog limping cause he froze his paw and the owner is too busy noticing, talking on his phone. It’s our weird way of keeping it real, our way of staying present, and our weird way of staying grounded.
When I was searching for what I wanted to be when I grew up; so besides throwing myself in the air off a jump with skis and hopefully landing, what else could possibly be as exciting. I vaguely remember mentioning to my dad that maybe if I was able to save some money, I could buy a camera to take on tour with me. My dad took my shopping the next day and I had a camera.
My Dad has a Doctorate from Harvard (He worked his butt off for it with the help of my mom who used to help him type his assignments). For the life of me, I never understood how he was so excited and supportive of my wild career choice. To this day, he is still the first one I show my work to (yes even before my clients and husband) that’s just the way it is.
This morning, he sent me this photo, I think, I was the first one he sent it to…I could almost see him, walking on his way to a meeting or conference, seeing this man covering his dog’s back with a bit of blanket to keep him warm while he left his loyal bud to guard his spot, stationed between, high-end men’s clothing store and a fast food joint on a freezing early morning. I’m going to bet my dad was one of the very few to actually notice this whole scene.
When I spoke to him, all he could say was that all he had was is IPhone to take a shot and I replied, you took the time to notice him, that’s all that matters.
Yesterday was a day of simply going back to my first love, my passion, the reason how I ended up coming to Whistler for the first time at 17; Ski camp.
I’ll tell you more later on the reason why I was up there but just for today,
So what do you think when we say E-Session aka Engagement Session?
Well we think sexy, steamy, romantic, intimate, beautiful, unique, celebration and of course love. E-Sessions have come a long way from the stiff formal look that was required to send out an announcement. These days what I love about them is the perfect timing for an excuse to take a moment for yourself. In the planning and the real life fast pace, it,s a moment to pause, to just be and celebrate you! A chance to get comfy with the lens and to bring your own unique feel to the session.
Here are our top 10 from this past year;
#10 Keeping it fun, relax and playful where the smiles tell it all.
#9 Be part of the scenic beauty that surrounds us.
#8 A little Urban fun and a funky sign.
#7 After a while you forget I’m there and you just indulge in a quiet moment (Those are the best!)
#6 What can I say, a BW classic with Miss Macy (The Horse) feeling like she might be intruding.
#5 Bringing your own style and hobbies makes all the difference
#4 I did say steamy sexy love right?
#3 Bring in your personality with a little colour accent or a whole wall!
#2 Sunny afternoon, the wind blowing and a moment captured.
#1 Now nothing says sexy romantic more then a sunset, open barn and a warm blanket.
Which one is your favourite?
The Feedback from our last “Stuck in Automatic Class” has been fantastic.
The light has been ignited for many and it is such a great feeling to be able to share this passion I have.
I know that all my ladies from our class are paying close attention to their metering system with a guaranteed smile as I so well referred to the metering system in our camera constantly searching for that perfect shade of grey! You guest it, completely opened up the trap for myself to fall right into while making all the ladies in the class turn bright red, myself included.
Never a dull moment in class even while talking about metering system…who knew!
A powerful day!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching a photography class at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. The group could not have been more eclectic but all with a common goal: “ Make me fall back in love with my camera.”
Within the first 5 minutes of intro, I could sense we were in for a treat. I never saw people connecting so fast, everyone sharing a common passion that goes beyond words. I could see mini light bulbs going off every minute as I guided them through the journey. By the end of the day, we had moved from snapping pictures to creating fine art. It was empowering.
Stay tune for part 2, I’ll tell you how I got all the girls to blush talking about metering system and exposure (sexy, I know), yes only a french girl could get herself in that embarrassing situation.
I’ve been setting my own limits.
Living in such a rich color environment full of snow peaks, glacial green water and blooms, I have forgotten to allow myself to say no to it all.
That’s right, you heard me.
How dare would I specifically decide to take the rich colors out of “The most beautiful place on Earth” without asking anyone? I remember in school when we use to pick the perfect roll of black and white film before heading out on assignment being so excited about what contrast, texture and odd looking things I would find in the street that would grab my attention and shake my little artist soul.
Feeling the need to reconnect with my first love of photography, I decided to do just that. While scouting new locations at the gorgeous full bloom and colorful Brew Creek Centre for an upcoming wedding, I went out and purposely decided to get lost with my camera, wanting to go deeper then just the pretty and capture a little bit of soul and energy at this gorgeous venue.
The number one piece of advice I give? Make sure the work of the photographer you choose resonates with you. And not just resonates, but resonates deeply! Even if this means spending a bit more than the budget line allows. It will assure you a much better experience and a way better outcome! Now, if that same connection exists from the photographers perspective, then magic happens. A mutual connection and trust leaves all inhibitions behind. That’s usually asking for a lot and understandably. Most of us aren’t usually in front of lens and let’s face it, we all have some insecurities, right?
But, here’s a collection of photos by the very talented Deidre Lynn where the couple and her are very clearly in incredible unison. The result is a sultry, sexy and provocative shoot.
I’ve never sat still well and as the days have been unfolding before me after my re-launch, I am feeling like I’m ready to embark on a new project. One that is for me, my skill and my passion.
A 30 day challenge of sorts where I commit time each day for one photograph. It may be scenic, out on the streets, something comical or artistic. The challenge is that each photo will be something just a bit out of my comfort zone or something that makes me push the envelope of creativity.
Each day I will post a photo so you can join me in my journey of finding the simple and the beautiful in our days.