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

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Sisters: Diane and Loreen

Kelowa_Photography_Portraiture_AimsPhotography.photos-2It was super cold out…and getting late in the day…

Kelowa_Photography_Portraiture_AimsPhotography.photos-3There wasn’t any sunlight out or much daylight left…but, we were running out of time because one of the sisters was moving away and it was the only chance our three schedules fit. So, we went for it!

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Kelowa_Photography_Portraiture_AimsPhotography.photos-5-2It was worth all the cold, and the dark, and the mud, for the laughs and the fun and the pictures! Diane and Loreen were a hoot; but most sisters are. 😉 The inside jokes and how they can make each other laugh with a look or a word…sisters are just like that, and it’s always fun to experience it in real life. 🙂

Kelowa_Photography_Portraiture_AimsPhotography.photos-1-2But best of all, I was blessed to capture a moment, some memories… 🙂

Thanks for a great time Diane and Loreen! Love you girls! ❤

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Mountain Silhouette

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Another iPhone snapshot from our spectacular ski day recently. Mountains are just so..incredible! So blessed to live here in Canada where I can enjoy them every day!

Come back Thursday when I’ll be featuring a recent portrait session here on my blog!

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Look up!

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Last weekend some of us hit the slopes up in Revelstoke, it was worth it for lots of reasons… One of which is that we got a day with some amazing scenery. (A piece of me wished I’d taken one of my “nice” cameras with…and the other piece is glad I didn’t because it’s hard to snowboard with a camera, especially because this season I’m rediscovering the sport of snowboarding).
This was taken on the last run of the day. As we came down the hill we had to board through a patch of fog…which had created this quiet winter wonderland. I was struck by the beauty of the snow clinging to the branches…a stark contrast to the bright sunlight up at the top.
Today is a reminder that there’s different types of beauty everywhere – we just have to stop for a moment to see it.

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Wildflowers

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Wildflowers and hills that keep going on and on. Isn’t it lovely?

This is taken at Silver Star Ski Resort just out of Vernon, B.C. Canada.  In the winter this is a ski hill. 🙂 I’d never been up there in the summer and was awed by the beauty…yup, I’m pretty blessed to live here in Canada.

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Mountain Expanse

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Rolling mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

This is one of the aerial photos I took during a flight I was able to go on last week.  I’ll feature that whole experience in another post (hopefully soonish!) but I couldn’t wait to share at least one already! 🙂

I can’t describe how amazing it was to see the Okanagan Valley from the sky! It really gave a whole new perspective on how beautiful this place is! …and I get to call it home!

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July 8-14

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Here’s the second week of July as seen through my various electronics.

July 8

IMG_0572I took Rasco to assist me in a family photo session (look for that feature post on my blog soon!) and we celebrated with starbucks afterwards.

July 9

The busy day I took a moment to look up and saw the sun rays flowing off of the clouds.

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July 10

A honey bee enjoying some of my favourite blossoms – lavender.

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What I like to call a “drive by shooting”. Snapped this from the car on the way home. A lovely sunset over Kal lake.

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July 11

We had VBS all last week at our church, made for a busy week – but it’s a fun kind of busy. With some of the kids who came.

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July 12.

The first day I didn’t take a picture.  A hard day, attended the funeral of a family friend.

July 13

A piece of my Grandma’s legendary pumpkin dessert.  If you’ve ever had the honour of eating a piece, you’ll know why it’s worth of a picture. If you haven’t had the honour – know you’re missing out – big time!

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Beach. Water. Sunset. I love that I’m blessed live here.

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July 14

We celebrated Lulu’s first birthday at at park.

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It was also the afternoon I “officially” tried an energy drink. It’s worth a picture – yes. (I shared it with my best friend. It was fun.)

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And there we go. 🙂 Excited to see what this week will bring. I’m enjoying the challenge – because it’s teaching me to stop and enjoy a moment.  To stop and see a moment.

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