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Change, Inspiration, Learning

Wednesday, April 12, 2017   |   Personal
This post comes due to the inspiration I got in New Zealand from an illustrator her work is magical to me. Its whimsical, dreamy, playful and the titles to her pieces are gorgeous. So a big shout out to Amanda Cass 
 
I needed new inspiration and a challenge during this long winter that has kept on going and going here in Montana. My lovely friend Jude's mom gave me a card by Amanda when I had to leave - it was called Love is a Symphony It gave me an idea to try and recreate these magical, fun cards with real people and thereby tweak my photoshop skills and make me learn something new. 
 
So thanks to my lovely little mate Layla - here we have my take of Love is a Symphony

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When I was visiting Layla she was up for everything so we made another - this is a take on Transformation.  
 
I have more to come but for now - enjoy!! It was fun to do something different learn more about some tools I am lazy to learn in Photoshop and as always inspired by other artists - thank you Amanda!!!

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Why do you do what you do

Tuesday, June 14, 2016   |   Personal
In an attempt to keep my work as authentic and meaningful as possible for both myself and those who view it or would like me to create something for them, I have been really thinking about why do I do what I do.  
 
So one of the biggest reasons that drives my motivation for creating photographic pieces is the linking of connections, relationships, and moments that count for people. Part of me has been seeking a more fine art look to my work, and that is fulfilling a whole other part of me. But the essence of the images below was to capture something magical that tells these people of this moment in time for them. 
 
These images are also really meaningful for me as they are of my sister and her family. She and Matt got married last Friday - CONGRATULATIONS!! I took these images in April when I saw them in England. Baby Jack is their new baby born the day Finn went to Spain. The other two munchkins are Freddie and Eva, from her first marriage. Matt is fantastic with them all - and for him they are all his kids. So I really wanted to make sure the images told that story - they are all one big family. Excited for the future, loving the now and just being who they are. I put together an album for them as a wedding gift - celebrating their new beginning. The first image was also a gift - a big size print for their new home. The combination of one special piece of wall art combined with an album of images from your session is one of my most popular product choices. So if you are interested in something like this for your family this summer, give me a call or drop me an email!

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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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