Truthful Tuesday 5

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   |   Personal
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!

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Truthful Tuesday (On Wednesday!)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016   |   Personal
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

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Truthful Tuesday 4

Tuesday, January 19, 2016   |   Personal
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.

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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.

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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

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Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2015   |   Personal
From my family to yours wishing you a fun filled, successful, meaningful and exciting 2016.

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10 Favorite Images from 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015   |   Personal
2015 has really been a year of exploring a new direction. A lot of the time I have felt like I'm sinking, not going forward, stuck.... but doing this exercise has shown me just how much play and different approaches I have taken this year. And its been fun. I want to do more in 2016 and bring my new ways of doing and adding artistic embellishments to client work. 
 
2015 was the first year since beginning Crackle Photography in 2004 that I had given up a studio space. It felt like a huge void and totally had me second guessing myself a lot, especially in the first part of the year when it was so cold and not ideal to work outdoors in Montana. 
 
I have allowed myself a great deal of time this year to study with the people whose talent and art makes my heart sing. My friend Brooke Shaden did this exercise of pulling 10 favorite images together from the year to help identify common themes, threads that without stepping back we may miss. 
 
From this collection of favorites I conclude its been a huge part of my development for the year to allow more play into my work. To make images more artistically. To step back and get a bigger picture. To use mixed media. To not be so literal.

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I have liked dreamy feelings in my images.

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I love trees... really love trees, their shapes, their grandeur, their significance in life.

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The forest, ferns, this was important for me to realize how nature is meshed with who I am - this image was the significant start of me believing I have found a new beginning.

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The freedom of childhood and the colors of sunset - moments - not needing to see the face of the image for the feeling to be told.

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Using water and playing again.

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Symbols and nature, stories are told, we can all interpret them differently, but I really thrived exploring some themes, and telling my feelings. This image was related to a post about the angst of teenage years.

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And how to bring it all into some client work in the end. My muse Lillie, helped me see the way. 
 
2016 will see me work more with symbols, landscapes, clothing and props creating magical, dreamy like images. Imagery with meaning, with stories, with connection to my heart. Bringing play and joy to work, creating artistic pieces that are unique to the subject, meaningful to them and I. 
 
Thank you to all my teachers this year, Joyce Wilson, Julianne Jonker, Lisa Evans and Jennifer Thoreson. Thank you to my friends I made on these retreats and thank you to my family, friends and clients here in Missoula. Wishing you all a happy successful 2016.

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