On where summer went and what moments I was fortunate enough to capture...
I've been a fortunate woman this year. I've taken on a position in tourism which pushed me into new skill sets and grew my social network as well. That's a great thing for a photographer, especially one who wants to one day venture out into a full time photography career but hasn't yet taken that gigantic leap of faith. Yes, that leap of faith is ginormous! I'm always impressed by people who are so self assured that they can stick their neck out and hope not to get chopped. Call me a chicken, or cautious, whatever comes to mind! One thing is for sure, this summer I have come to appreciate my photography work as a lovely excuse to sit and have a coffee and forget about the rest of the to do list.
Why is the to do list so lovely to forget about? Well, this summer, my lovely partner and I purchased a quaint little century home with a project list that is seemingly endless. We were so excited about the purchase that we slept in the yard in a tent the night papers were finalized. We continued to sleep in the tent, but moved indoors to sleep in the house after a too-close-for-comfort coyote encounter, which I'm quite sure was breathing on my face at one point during the night. Why still sleep in the tent when we moved indoors? Spiders. Lots and lots of large spiders of the type that gather only in places that have been uninhabited for multiple years. When the house was clean enough to walk barefoot I gave up on the tent and we officially moved in like normal people. It was about three weeks. I'll eventually blog about the house, the renos, the property, and our hopes and dreams for it. Stay tuned.
Anyway, apart from that and working 50+ hours a week, I've been lucky enough to shoot four weddings, a few engagements, a few lovely families, and managed to get to a horse show or two this summer, even with all the other craziness! I think when I have no time I make better use of it, but here we are, the middle of September and I haven't looked at a photo to post since May. Clients have received their photos in due time and everyone is happy as a clam, myself included. I'm breathing a sigh of relief and of thanks for a wonderful, incredible, so-fast-it-was-a-blur summer. Here's hoping that the business growth and the love keep expanding.
Thankful, by the way, for you who made it to the bottom of this blog post. I hope you enjoyed the few photos I've posted. I'll revisit shoots when the skies are grey and we'll talk more then about coffee and photos.
My little mother is a dynamo. I kid you not when I say that not one single soul who knows her would disagree. She runs big business in a man's industry, she stands up for what she believes in, and she pushes girl power in a million ways. This woman laughs with her whole heart, smiles with her whole face, feels with her whole self, and has more passion for life in her pinkie finger than some whole populations.
She is so many things to so many people. She is a best friend, a wife, a boss, a mother, an-eventual-grandmother-if-one-of-us-could-just-get-it-together-already. She is the roaring laughter that no one can miss. She is the person who will talk readily about any subject, who is ready to learn and to educate at all times. She is the woman who will happily follow a teetering toddler around for hours, exclaiming with astonishment at their amazing ability to smile, dance, or eat.
Legitimately and in all seriousness, this woman is the light of my life. She has taught me to find entertainment in the smallest joys of life. I find myself drawn to the woods because of the silence combined with the infinite things to look at, both large and small. Recently, Mom and I went for a short hike on our property and she stood at the base of a tree for a solid ten minutes just staring straight up to the top. She swore it was the tallest tree she has ever seen on PEI. We talked about that tree for hours after. A tall tree, in a forest of other trees, completely inconspicuous- the nugget of happiness she found in the forest that day. She lives for life's simple pleasures and she has taught me to as well.
My mother is special. She has fostered and nurtured love and respect throughout my life. She has taught me lessons she intended to and others without intention.
This blog post was meant to tie into how photos are a beautiful gift. They genuinely are. But I got onto talking about the person I love instead. Whoops! Moms are most likely to be behind the camera, taking care of the behind the scenes and we need to get them in front of the camera instead. It's Mother's Day. Celebrate your mom first, do her favors and treat her like a queen. Then, maybe get a family photo shoot for her. From myself. Of course.
Those who dance.
If you know me at all, you know I love babies. My sister and I are known to be found gawking at babies and toddlers everywhere we see them, making faces and waving like the clowns we are.
So you can imagine my happiness level when two ADORABLE babies showed up at our house for a few hours last Saturday for a meet and greet with the ponies, as well as a time out for their tired uncle. Did I mention a diaper change? Conveniently, the dirty diaper happened while Uncle Steve had a baby obsessed support system on standby!
For two hours these beautiful kids danced with the mos deliberate MOVES I've ever seen, they played barbies, stacked legos, and laughed themselves silly. By the time they left we were all exhausted and positively thrilled.
Check out the photos below!
On Sunday it's officially Spring!!
I LOVE Spring. I mean, I love Winter because I can snowshoe for hours on end and never get bitten by a bug, and tracking any animal activity in the woods is 10,000 times easier when there's fresh powder, but Spring is just so... open. Spring has been bubbling slowly to the surface here in our fair Isle for the last few weeks. There have been pairs of birds chasing each other in flirtatious dances, sunrises that tear you out of bed with their vastness and vibrant colours, and hours of extra sunlight in the evenings.
There's a place down at the brook behind my house where a natural spring quietly expels tiny spouts of cold, fresh water from deep beneath the surface. It is so tiny that in the Winter it freezes over and you can't tell it from any other part of the untouched forest it dwells in. In the Summer the woods near the spring are so infested with mosquitoes that it's virtually untouchable. It is absolutely perfect in the Spring, though.
In the Spring, you can feel the earth heave the weight of the frost from it's shoulders and breathe a sigh of relief. You can watch new life grow and old life be rejuvenated. The air is different, the biting cold and crisp purity of Winter air is replaced with a warmer and more dense smell of movement and growth.
We will likely get more snow before Summer arrives as we always do, but the air will not return to it's February crispness. There is far too much movement below the surface for everything to return to its hibernating state, so we might as well break out our lighter jackets and feel the sun on our faces.
Get outside today, your body will thank you for it and the earth will give you things you didn't know it could offer. Stand silent in the middle of a field, in the middle of the forest, or in the middle of a park. Look up at the sky and down at the ground, there are things happening here.
I'm an outdoors loving, animal obsessed, nuggets of happiness driven 27 year old woman. Here are my thoughts on the beauty I've encountered. Enjoy!