The Importance of Words

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This past week I had the joy of giving back by donating my time to a great cause. I worked with the Kingston Humane Society by working at their Paws at the Point fundraiser and taking portraits for their upcoming calendar. I managed to raise more cash than the last time I did it so yay for growth! Afterward it was a matter of editing out things like leashes and owners hands. Unfortunately I came down with a nasty flu bug that is going around which made my turn around time which is usually very fast (2-3 days for regular shoots) double. I know what a silly thing to worry about right? I pride myself on my quick turn around though. Sometimes staying up to 4am while my son sleeps just to get those images done but not rush through the process (latte’s are my friend). Being sick meant something had to fall by the way side. I’m not sure what you dump first from your list of jobs but for me its house work. It goes right down the tubes and when that happens I can get quite frustrated with my environment.

So lets just say I was in need of motivation this week. Thankfully I got what I needed and really it was just a bunch of words arranged perfectly in just such a combination as to produce the emotional effect of someone wrapping their arms around me and giving me the figurative lift up I needed to push through. The words came from my husband (who wrote an eloquent and beautiful oh so romantic email that literally got me out of bed the one day). They also came from an editor who is going to be publishing my work and really liked a past shoot I did and from the people whose doggies I took pictures of (the heartfelt thank you emails that poured in after I was done editing meant so much to me). Now I can say I’m almost at full speed again and the kind words I have received I truly believe have helped me get there quicker than I may have without them.

As a photographer I am captivated chiefly by images but words often inspire the images I create. I read or enjoy a good audio book every week and when a writer is truly gifted it gives me the same awe I feel watching a great dancer. I often have the thought “I wish I could do that”. Words can inspire great acts of love or great acts of violence. The power of words cannot be measured. When I find something has helped and touched me I wonder how can I do the same for others so I thought it might be fun to start giving out quotes. I may not be a great writer but I can always share with others that which inspires and uplifts me. I will be making a quote a week and posting them on my website for instagram or pinterest use. Quotes are a wonderful way to spread joy and I will post the quotes on the authors birthdays as an homage.

Now I leave you with a very cute doggy I took pictures of at Big Paws and a quote to enjoy!!

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My dream birthday cake!

My hubby gave me the most perfect cake of my life for my birthday! It’s a SONY A99 replica with a “nifty fifty” lens that I could EAT!! And boy did I eat! It not only looked amazing but tasted awesome too. This is the company who made the cake http://www.pudgecakes.com . The lady who made it is so very talented.

I was so happy when I saw it I almost cried. It couldn’t have been more perfect or detailed. I can’t imagine the work that went into making it. I’m so excited for this year and grateful for the last. What a yummy and beautiful way to start the year:D

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Birthday Weekend!!

I just had the most amazing weekend and to boot I just found out my recent shoot is going to be published on a national blog!! I am so excited! I’ve been working pretty hard and this weekend is going to be all about recharging the battery! Well. Lets face it. Anyone who knows me knows I can put the energizer bunny to shame. So in spite of the fact I will be on my birthday weekend having a bit of a vacation we all know I wont be too far from my camera for very long. I can’t help myself. It’s like a third arm! I have a lot of fun shoots coming up when I get back though that I could not be more excited for. Including an engagement session with a theme that I cant wait to share with everyone and a fundraising event for an organisation near and dear to my heart. I hope you all enjoy your weekend as much as I will mine. Catch you on Instagram!!

Why I take pictures

Last night curled up in my little boys bed snuggling after a story about the moon and another about cars in the silence feeling him fall deeper asleep in my arms I started to cry. I have the annoying trait of being a happy crier. I literally can’t hold it in. If I’m overwhelmed with joy and gratitude the tears just start flowing. Sometimes I giggle at myself and shake my head and call myself silly for it but I have come to accept that sometimes feeling so happy is interlaced with some sort of sadness that the moment in its perfection is falling away. I haven’t learned at almost 35 years of age how to let go of that desire to freeze time. Freeze the perfection of beautiful palpable moments and I think that’s why photography has been such a perfect match for me.

I have been blessed to be told by clients that they literally cried when they saw the images I took for them and I instantly identify with that feeling. I’m not a fan of making people cry but causing happy tears may be my absolute favorite part of my job. Making someone stop going from point A to point B and focused on tasks to see how  precious this time in there life is has been such a gift.

Its easy in the rush of a shoot to go into a zone of action. You get totally lost in the moment and that’s a wonderful feeling. Great shoots always start out with a plan but grow almost organically and its easy to remember why I am so blessed to be doing something I adore.

But its when I’m in those still moments of contemplation with no camera in sight that I appreciate what I do the most. In the midst of a kiss with my husband. It’s in the giggles while I chase my little guy in the hall way to home. Those are the moments when I know why I really chase after those illusive, beautiful, heart breaking and perfect moments and always will. Its just who I am. I’m a photographer with a photographers heart, even when there’s no camera in my hands.

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In Defense of the Dreaded, Demonized Selfie

Oh yes I’m going there. I will get right to my points:

 

1-These awesome people did it. I don’t know if you recognize them but if you do its undoubtedly due to the fact that they took the time to paint selfie’s.

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2-Its a form of self expression and self expression is good. Even if you are an attention seeking ham for the camera I say I love it. Keep being you and your kind will find and applaud you for it.

3-If you take more selfies you will become more comfortable with a camera and angles to try. New skills are great!!

4-Because nobody puts baby in a corner/takes away her eye phone and tells her to stop duck facing.

5-Because the surest way to start seeing the beauty in others is by seeing it first in yourself.

6-Because its no fun to take yourself too seriously.

7-Because the people who love you love to see your face and maybe a very long time from now your great grand kids will enjoy getting to see pictures of you through all your life’s journeys (especially the ones you ventured alone with only your own hand to catch that shot)

8-Because a lot of selfie takers are not vapid. Sometimes they are artists who love, adore and are just freaking mad about life and that they are hear right now. They are fully present today and they just HAVE to document it.

Some of us just love life and the place we hold in it. Oh and that new dress we bought today. It’s just too cute not to share. As for me I love the selfie’s in my feed. Maybe its people who need love and maybe its people full of love and gratitude, either way I’m hitting the like button. Selfie on my friends!

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