Is it dead?

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I’ve been asking myself lately (among the bazillion other things always swirling through my mind) if my blog is dead.

Yes.

And no.

I don’t know.

I guess I haven’t decided how or if I’ll try resurrecting it. I’ve considered many times deleting it and/or starting a new one.  I’ve tried and pressured myself many times to restart or keeping going from where I left off.  I’ve realized that that would be impossible because in the five years since I started blogging I’ve almost become a completely different person.  In five years not only have I gotten married, I’ve become a mother, and my hubby and I have build a house (well, almost…it isn’t finished yet haha.) Going through all of those life events changes you.  Part of me wishes I could have kept up with the blog for my own sake to be able to look back at the memories.

This blog is special though because it’s a little piece of my personal history that will always be there. The pictures and the memories tied to it are priceless especially as I see how much my family has changed as well and how my little siblings have grown up into beautiful teenagers.

I still love creating…and maybe this will grow into a new and different creative outlet.

The possibilities are endless…and maybe that’s the best part?

Always, Aims

 

Feature: Luke & Piper

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From these pictures you would never guess that Luke and Piper’s wedding day was rained out!

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The downpour caused their original ceremony location to be changed last minute…which also included the need to find a new location for their formal pictures.

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However, I couldn’t be more delighted with our “plan B” location and the fun we had.

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I only have happy memories when I think of their wedding day! Luke and Piper, thanks for letting me be a part of your day!

 

Always, Aims

 

 

 

Feature: Isaac & Amanda

It’s been a little while coming…but here’s a peek at Isaac and Amanda’s lovely wedding day! I was trying to decide what to write for this post and words just didn’t come and won’t do justice to what I want to say.  My sister, my best friend, is married and now lives far away. It’s been fun editing these pictures because I always get to see her beautiful face!

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I was honoured to not only photograph but also be a bridesmaid for this wedding… I’m very thankful for the help of Jess from Jess and Andy Photography for making that possible! So, I’ll leave the words now and let the pictures do the talking!

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Above: PC: Jessica Schlamp

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With their wedding being in March, we knew from the start that weather would be unpredictable (at best!) We were so blessed to be able to use the upstairs of one of our favourite coffee shops for our formal pictures…! The staff were so accommodating!  The atmosphere was awesome!

Below: PC of bridal party: Jessica Schlamp

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Following are a few pictures from the ceremony, since I was a bridesmaid all ceremony photos are credited to Jessica Schlamp as well as the above picture.

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Getting to photograph women on such an eventful day of their life is always an honour….but to be able to do that for my sister…the honour was that much more special!

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A wedding blog post wouldn’t be complete without a few more icluding the bridesmaids and groomsmen…right? Photo credit of the bridal party: Jessica Schlamp

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Picture below: PC: Jessica Schlamp

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Always, Aims

 

 

Feature: Kim

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I’ve had these gorgeous pictures on my computer for awhile and I’m so excited to finally be sharing some of them on here…meet Kim; to say she’s awesome would be an understatement.  She has a great sense of humour, and is always up for an adventure wether it be a road trip or just a coffee shop meet up.

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Kim has grown into a strong young woman who works hard to achieve her dreams such as organizing a young people’s mission trip because she’s interested in missions in Ecuador.

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Not only have I been inspired but her “get’r’done” attitude but also by her self discipline and determination to learn something new.

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She’s also got the musical gift…on the day I snapped these pictures she “only” had two of the five (I think!) instruments she can play.  We were missing the banjo, a piano, and a bass guitar. (I could probably add in mandolin …which would make six) and I could very well be missing a couple more.

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I’m excited to see where God is going to lead her and how He’s going to use her for His kingdom!

Always, Aims

Lulu in Lovely Light

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When writing my last blog post, this picture came to mind.  It represents some of the thoughts and feelings I was trying to convey.  It’s a picture that’s a little different from my same old “usual”.  But I love that it’s different.  The light and the colours.

Besides…she’s just super duper adorable so I’d probably love almost any picture of her!

There’s more from that evening…this is just a tease! Come back soon to see more.

Always, Aims

Change: Part II {Thoughts on Photography}

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Along with taking a break from blogging, I haven’t been focusing on photography either.  Sometimes taking a break (even an unplanned one) is good for you.  It was for me, because in coming back, I come with a new perspective.  Even though I haven’t been taking piles of pictures, I feel as if I’ve grown in my style, my perspective, and even how I approach taking pictures.

Photography is art. That idea might seem basic to many of you (even those who aren’t photographers!). However, I’ve realized this concept anew over the past year. Art is created. Sometimes I see it first and know it’s a masterpiece before I even take the picture…sometimes, I don’t see it till later (the picture in my last post is testament to that!)  Sometimes, I see it within another picture and a new piece of art grows from there. I create the art. Since art is created and I’m the one designing and creating…than I don’t have to answer back to anyone. If I like it…if I love it than that’s good enough for me. Sometimes, I need to make it for me.  Yes, that sounds extremely selfish…and it is.  But, if I’m not exploring for me, then my style doesn’t grow, if I don’t continue learning, I’ll stay where I am, and I’ll get stuck.

So I begin again…or perhaps simply continue down the path of honing my specific photographic art, my style…I want to remember:

Look for the beauty, it’s everywhere waiting to be found

Push the boundaries of what I already know and do with a camera

Explore

Always, Aims

Germany: Tiny Village

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I love this picture the more I look at it (which doesn’t happen to me very often!) If I think about it and release my imagination… this picture becomes a story, the tiny village the setting. The story of a quaint village along the river and the unique people who live there. Or perhaps a quiet unsuspecting place for a hero to hide. Maybe the mansion is soaked in mystery, of hidden secrets and long forgotten passageways.

So take a moment and sit back; let your imagination go, allow the picture tell you a story of it’s own…the possibilities are endless!

Always, Aims

Did the picture inspire you? I’d love to hear what your imagination came up with!