Change: Part II {Thoughts on Photography}

AimsPhotography_Nature_Okanagan_Photographer_Canada.photos-1

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

AimsPhotography_Germany_Travel_Photographer_Art_Nature.photos-3Another peak at a piece of Germany, this time from higher perspective.

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!

Change: Part I {Thoughts on Blogging}

AimsPhotography_Okanagan_Photographer_Kelowna_Art_Nature.photos-1

A personal blog post:

A few thoughts have been swirling in the back of my mind for awhile now…so I’m finally taking the time to see how they will emerge as I try to type them out.

I’m blogging partly because one of the items floating around in my mind is this blog itself. With so many significant changes happening in my life I never dreamed it would hard to blog about them (or that I would just be too busy to blog!) Then before I knew it so much of my life had changed…so much of me had changed that I felt like a completely different person than the one who started writing back in 2012. It was hard to blog because I wasn’t “her” anymore. When I sat down to write or update it felt forced; that’s something I never wanted for this blog.

Another part of me missed blogging

But I felt stuck.  How do you transition a blog through huge personal life changes? For awhile I thought I should start a new blog, and then I thought that I should maybe just revamp this one.  I still haven’t decided what I will do as both options are appealing for different reasons.  Most of all, I just want to start blogging again, get back in the habit and rediscover the joy. Today’s post is my attempt to restart because if I don’t start now, I never will.

I’ve been taking pictures.  I’ve been traveling. More changes have been happening!

I’m excited to be back wether I stay on this blog or start another one.  Please, join me in my journey!

I think this is where I’ll stop today… more thoughts to come soon! Stay tuned!

Always, Aims

Since Febuary

To sum up my life since February in a few sentences…

I went to Hawaii and fell in love with the ocean, the colours, the sounds, the mysteries.

photoI came home and got engaged a few days later.

DSC_0041

I did some super awesome photo sessions including a beautiful wedding down in the States.

I planned.

I stressed (fact: every bride stresses at some point even if she doesn’t want to).

I learned.

I matured.

I (tried to!) enjoy it!

(As in most similar situations, there were parts of it I loved and parts of it I detested…but that’s typical.)

…and then I got married!

AmyJoshwedding-0457

^photo credit: Daniel Hayduck

Looking forward to catching up on the last seven months…I have some awesome photo sessions to share! Come back soon!

Always, Aims

 

Mountain Silhouette

20140204-085350.jpg

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!

Always, Aims

Look up!

20140121-091550.jpg

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.

Always, Aims

Wildflowers

Kelowna_Photographer_Nature_AimsPhotography.photos-3

 

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.

Always, Aims