Photography is a form of art, and my goal as a Photographer is to capture real honest raw emotion.
There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes those words come easily and quickly - happiness, loss, love beauty and more. But sometimes, we struggle greatly with them. How do you explain the elation on a groom's face at seeing his bride, the sorrow of a final goodbye, the stillness of night with dancing Northern Lights, the colours of a handful of balloons or the tragedy of defeat in a competition in but a moment of time? How can you capture those and more when memories fade, recollections are forgotten, and the hands of time continue to march on? Through the art of photography.
This is why I am a photographer and do what I do. I want to make art that tells real stories, elects emotions, and compels and moves people to feel the moment. Memories fade, but images last a lifetime. <3.
The time of year children are spit polished and shined up in new clothes and shoes, backpacks are filled with supplies and athletic wear, and those dreaded school lunches are packed with artistic flair, rather than hastily thrown together if it's .......
It's also a return of thousands of young athletes to football fields, volleyball courts, and hockey arenas for tryouts, cuts, first tournaments and practices. Countless hours are spent practicing new skills, trying to master old ones, and finding a bond with people that may or may not have been played with on some team in the past.
It's also a time when countless coaches volunteer unimaginable hours of their time for a number of personal reasons .... probably as many or more, as the reasons each player chooses to play a sport.
This year, I'd like to see something NEW. Something tangible, realistic, and fairly easy. What could this be?? Surely it must be something tough!?! Something almost unattainable?!
NO to those questions.
This year, I'd like to see parents support coaches, players and referees in a positive way in both practice and games.
I get it - everyone thinks their kid has superior skills in their sport. Everyone thinks their kid should garner the spotlight and an unusual amount of court, field or ice time. And that they are in fact a SUPERSTAR (aren't our children all stars in our own eyes just as they are?) However, there seems to be a huge problem - as this thought process is felt by the majority of parents of each child on each team. Their child is better than anyone else on the team.
Let's look at it in a slightly different manner. Most families have at least one parent if not two (more if there's step parents!), and at least one child or more Now - this is a team of sorts. It has coaches (the parents) and players (the children), striving towards common goals through handwork, effort, drive, determination and sometimes luck.
Would you dream of telling the coaches of this team that they lacked skill? That you feel one of their players is getting unfair attention and they should step it up?? That they weren't qualified to do the job? Would you scream and yell profanities at them from the stands? I'm betting that each and every one of you would hold their tongues and the unkind words that are so freely spouted. It is taboo to criticize someone's family, yet it has become perfectly acceptable to criticize a team and it's coaches.
So, let's now look at all players and coaches as more than just a team. Let's look at them as a blended family that is striving towards the same goals and ideas to make everyone better together.
Well, here we are, in the last few days of August - warm weather, LOTS of smoke from forest fires, and school begins next week. I'm excited for the leaves to change, and to watch my friends and neighbours bring in the harvest, but a part of me is nostalgic about the lazy days of summer that sped by.
I was fortunate to be included in and asked to photograph the milestones in peoples lives, births, Celebration of Life, Weddings, Engagements, modelling videos, and feel good photoshoots! I also was fortunate to be able to spend some much needed time with my kids, do some travelling, and shoot some random pictures that simple make me happy.
Who knew a cow would like a few minutes in the spotlight and would in fact pose?
I was also shocked to discover that another piece of history was lost .... with the advent of the monster grain terminals, the grain elevators that used to dot the landscape in many small towns are now being torn down. I took this a few years ago in Simmie, Saskatchewan - and I'm happy that I did as it's no longer there! I admit, I was a little sad at the barren spot it used to sit.
With fall, comes school, sports such as football and volleyball, as well as reconnecting with friends and neighbours after everyone has scattered for summer. I look forward to the changing leaves, the new little faces on the first day of school, sharing the bounty of harvest and catching up, as well as some incredible upcoming opportunities! Cheer friends!
I'm guilty! Of putting off the work I don't want to do (laundry!), of procrastinating (fold aforementioned laundry!) and, much to my children's horror, being late for most things I do!
Yesterday started off the same as any other day - waking up and rounding up kids, piling them on the bus, some work, some dreaded housework (I'm certain the dust bunnies have a host of dusty friends they bring over for parties at the most inconvenient times!) and prepacking my camera equipment so that I could go shoot some fantastic lacrosse action. And then, I left my house and things went downhill from there .....
A mile from my house, I noticed smoke - LOTS of smoke in the distance. Being naturally curious, I headed in that general direction and quickly became enamoured with how the smoke interacted with the clouds .... and briefly forgot the time. Oops!
Continuing on, I then became interested in the rainstorm blowing in. Here in rural Alberta, we're in that lovely in between state of seasons where things are brown with minute touches of green, and looking like they need a good wash! Again, I had to stop to admire the scenery and take another 40 or so pictures of the landscape, and the Hutterite bulls. They weren't too interested i posing though as the wind was incredibly gusty and they were truing to hide behind a hill and each other! So, I turned my attention back to the clouds - and boy did I find some interest there! Weird shapes and a funky rainbow around the sun!
Yikes, I looked at the clock and figured I had better get a move on! 10 minutes til game time and um .... 12 minutes to town! But ... you guessed it! I stopped again!
The sky looked quite ominous .... perhaps rain at last?! Here's to hoping! (Though we only received 8 drops!!) I finally got to the arena ... only 3 minutes late!
My point is this - If I would've been rushing, I'd have missed all. of the fabulous sights! It never hurts to appreciate all that's around us!
Whew! It's been a busy few weeks coordinating, and condensing things! Wrapping up winter sports and getting ready for spring ones hasn't left a lot of time to do anything else! (Ok, OK, let's be realistic, I really haven't wanted to tackle the domestic diva duties!!)
I've spent more time wandering around with my new camera (Hello Canon 7D Mark ii!) and nothing has escaped my viewfinder. I was fortunate to catch this lovely fellow trying to wing his way to safety
But alas, I can't spend all of my time wandering about, for it's the Eye Opener weekend for Box Lacrosse (and soon to be soccer!) and I'm hoping for some fantastic shots!
Here's our Promo for Spring Sports this year! Spots are limited, so book early to guarantee yours!
Welcome! Please come on in and have a look around! It's been a whirlwind few weeks with trying to condense everything into one space & place, but I've done it!! After years of taking thousands of pictures for friends, family, and sporting teams as a 'hobby', I've decided to turn it into a business!
There are literally hundreds of photographers around - and starting a business with so much competition was a little daunting! I chose to focus on photography that showcases movement - dance, and various sports to begin with. From there, it seemed to grow and take on a life of it's own with so many wonderful opportunities to grow and expand my craft! From wedding and engagement photos, to showcasing the beauty of a woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer, it has been a wonderful journey that I hope will continue and grow!
So, let's book a photo shoot and add to the fun!