The past few months I’ve been working hard on refining, updating and improving my portrait photography services – hence why there haven’t been many updates here.
I am an introvert.
I am not antisocial. I do not dislike people. I am not shy.
Nothing makes me happier than being behind a camera! I love that I can freeze a moment in time and save that memory forever in a physical form. And I love that I am able to share stories in a way that resonates with other people. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and I couldn’t agree more! It’s incredible how much emotion a single image can evoke in someone.
To all my fellow photographers and photography lovers, happy photography day!
Why do you love photography?
Share your answers in the comments below! 🙂
You may have noticed I’ve been fairly inactive on this blog recently.
Earlier this month I was offered the social media coordinator position at Treefrog, a digital marketing and tech agency based in Newmarket, Ontario.
The first few weeks involved a lot of learning and getting into the day-to-day routine of Treefrog life, but now that I’m more settled in, I’ll be back here soon with some more photography and Nicaragua posts! Until then, bear with me. 🙂
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my style as a photographer. Every photographer has their own unique style when it comes to their work, which sets them apart from other photographers.
Earlier today I was in a situation where someone did not like a certain set of photos because they looked too ‘sexy’. This person only liked pictures where the women looked sweet, gentle, smiling, innocent, etc. Of course, this is her opinion and she has every right to prefer what she prefers. However, it made me realize that there is still such a huge stigma against woman who embrace their sexuality. They are frowned upon. But why? Why is there a preference towards woman who are ‘innocent’, ‘feminine’ and ‘homely’? The part that confuses me the most is that all this judgement is coming from other women. Women are tearing apart each other instead of building each other up and encouraging each other to embrace who they are. Women already face so many challenges in our day to day lives, from unequal pay, sexual predators, domestic violence and abuse, sexism, unequal rights, and the list goes on. The last thing we need is more judgement. There is nothing wrong with being innocent and homely. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with embracing your sexuality.
Pictured above are the models from the “Culture Shock: Tattoo Edition” shoot that we did for Elephant Trails Studio. One thing that stands out to me from this picture is the way each of the women carry themselves. There is a mix of sexy, sweet, homely, and they ALL look absolutely beautiful.
Why do you think there is this strong stigma against women who embrace their sexuality, and against sex in general? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below 🙂
How can a four letter word have so much power? It’s a question I ask myself all the time. Romantic love, self love, family love, friendship love… All love is powerful. It makes this world a beautiful place to be in!
For those who have a special someone on your arm tonight, I hope you have a beautiful evening filled with romance! And for those who are single, I hope you also have a beautiful evening showering yourself with self-love!
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤
What I learned in 2015 and hope to continue into 2016:
- It’s important to be grateful for everyone and everything in my life. Don’t take anything for granted. Life is short. Every moment is precious. Every single day I have the opportunity to wake up in a comfy bed, a warm house, with a loving family, great friends and food on the table. If that is not a blessing, then I don’t know what is.
- Follow your heart. Don’t worry about the opinions of others and what people are saying about you. If it feels right to you, do it. Screw societal expectations. Live for yourself. Be selfish. There’s nothing wrong with that.
- My life is in my hands. I have the power to decide how I will react to each and every moment, and that makes all the difference. Happiness begins within.
- If you don’t like someone, that’s okay. Don’t force yourself to be nice to someone or spend time with someone just because they are family or you feel obligated to. – Say no if you want to say no. And say yes if you want to say yes.
- Time is precious and the people you surround yourself with makes a big difference in your life. Choose those people wisely.
- Wake up every morning and choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice.
- Love unconditionally.
- Eat a strawberry and cherish every bite. Be present. Be mindful.
- It’s okay to be afraid. It’s okay to break down every once in a while. It’s okay to have low moments. Just remember to pick yourself back up. Don’t let the negative energy consume you.
- Be unique. Be weird. Be cheesy & naive. Be yourself. Accept it. Love it.
- Don’t take life so seriously. Don’t hold onto grudges. Let it go. Smile
- The universe has a plan for me. Trust it. Have faith. Believe in the magic.
I wish you all a wonderful 2016 with plenty of love, joy and magical moments!!
Happy New Year!
This picture was taken early Spring, 2014 at Riverdale Farm in Toronto, Ontario.
Today, it is early Spring, 2015.
Last year, during this time, I was spending my time improving my photography, finishing up my undergrad, and eagerly looking forward to starting the Environmental Visual Communication post-graduate program. My parent’s also met my boyfriend at this time and his family, and we were engaged and looking for wedding dates. There were probably a million different things that I was constantly worried about or stressed about, from school to the wedding to family drama.
Today, I am happily married, I graduated from the Environmental Visual Communications program a few months ago, and everything that I was so stressed about last year seem so insignificant. However, I have new thoughts consuming my mind, such as finding a job and saving up for our future, and making my photography studio plans into a reality, as well as some other health related concerns.
It’s interesting that no matter how drastically life changes year to year, there is always something new to stress about or worry about, as well as something new to look forward to and be excited about. I guess it’s all a part of life; a constant wave of changes, both negative and positive.
At the end of the day, all we can really do is live in the present, and be grateful for all that we have in this moment.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”– Eckhart Tolle