I think its time to put the record straight. Yes I am still here in Missoula, and yes I am still taking portraits. And YES!!! I am looking forward to and booking Senior Portrait sessions for the class of 2017. The one that I am in disbelief they are already seniors - as Finn my eldest will be graduating next June... How did it all happen so fast?!
So I am taking a limited number of sessions, and still have spots left open. The process begins with you getting in touch with me. We then meet - parent and senior and me. We - together make a plan, and then set a time for portraits.
If you are interested, give me a call, fill in the inquiry form or send me an email.
Thank you!!! Here are a few pictures of about to be graduates in 2016.
Well spring has sprung and I am so thankful - its finally shining light into my studio space and with the dancing rays of sunshine comes a return of creativity. First a shout out to my good friend Julianne Jonker who posted a beautiful image today and that set my brain a thinking...
Lately I have just been taking life slow and photographing landscapes and still life images. Today the siren called, and i went back to a shoot from last year. My woodland nymph - this the first step in what will be a mixed media piece, but I was so happy to just play again and feel free to create with no pressure, I had to share!
Sometimes I think we can put so much pressure on ourselves, the easiest solution is to not do anything. Today that burden has been lifted, the attitude that took over my head was Who Cares, and from that thought I have had some fun!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Well the word for the year is focus and that is what I have been doing. Its been great to just let go of so much stuff and pursue what I want... This inspired me to go back and play with this image. I found it when I was looking for something else I photographed a few years ago... but little Ella who is now so much bigger stopped me and made me realize I am lost in my own story right now, which is why I have been absent from blogging. This is good, this is ok!!
Learning point for the year so far... it doesn't just happen you have to plug away daily and then inspiration and creativity have room to explore and be present. Some good reads if you are pursuing this path are Elizabeth Gilbert's new book Big Magic
If you are more of a listener her Ted talk is also great
I was also feeling chilly which warmed up this image a lot... but for the mood I am in and the cosy settled feeling that reading and stories give me it feels just right for me.
Wishing you warm days full of inspiration. Crackle
Welome 2016 - Happy New Year! So finally I have my word for the year... FOCUS.
Reflecting on 2015 I procrastinated a lot, I made busy work, I multi-tasked to avoid the real work. I didn't sit with my goals and aspirations, I ran around them, literally and figuratively. So for 2016 I am aiming for focus. Less time doing more time seeing.
I have come across a lovely website by a lady called Kim Klassen
. She shares her life story and struggles and her meditative form of therapy still life photography. I love the clean look of her website, but more her words and focus resonate deeply with where I am at. If you are interested she has an online class that starts tomorrow that will help motivate you all year long.
One thing this year is do one thing at a time. To focus on the stillness, the moments in between. To clear the space - declutter - I have a lot of stuff, clutter and things I no longer need. Baby steps is my mantra at the moment when it all looks overwhelming. Pause, breathe and see the beauty in all things.
Simplifying life, my work, my way forward - focusing on the good and aiming for growth. Requires focus and time to reflect. Time to allow my heart to ache for my boy who is spending 7 months in Spain. Time to enjoy where we are at as we enter a new stage of our family cycle. Time to let new ideas develop. Time to expand and develop a new path.
So from Kim's site I am taking many things, time to take the quiet moments, to write down quotes and to complete some personal projects just for me this year. One of which will use still life. Don also gave me a great book for Christmas by Julianne Kost - who I love, her new book Passenger Seat
is a great inspiration and starting point for you if you are interested in pursuing some personal photography projects and just do not where to start.
Another great source that I found last year and still use is Scott Dinsmore's site Live your Legend. Although Scott tragically died last year, his work continues.
There are many great tools to help you focus and keep on track with your dreams and goals.
Finally another focus for the year is to maintain my health and relationships. The best source of connection with friends and family for me is often in the outdoors. We are so lucky to live where we have so much at our doorstep. A new puppy with big eyes helps motivate me when I'm feeling warm and cozy... and always I return from walking revived, refreshed and happy I went. So if you feel the gloom descend or the well of will power depleting, put on your boots and head on outside for a little walk.
Wishing you all the best for 2016 - if you feel like sharing your word for the year of ideas please leave a comment. All the best Crackle
From my family to yours wishing you a fun filled, successful, meaningful and exciting 2016.