Feature: Laughter!

I believe one of the most precious gifts here on earth…is laughter.

Some of these faces might be familiar… but when I was going through my photos, I couldn’t resist doing a post on this central theme.

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. ~Yakov Smirnoff

I LOVE it when one friend makes a face and the other doesn’t know! The reaction after is always priceless!

I would put belly laughing at the top of my highlights list. They always say that laughter is the best medicine. ~Carol Vorderman

Laughter can bring a new perspective. ~ Christopher Durang

Another of life’s greatest gifts; friendship…and being able to laugh together.  Knowing that within your friendship…laughter is always close at hand.

From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. ~Hilaire Belloc

I believe…a day without laughter is an incomplete day.

Hope you’re week is going by quickly… 🙂 It’s already Wednesday!

Enjoy the rest of the day…and make sure you laugh a little!

Always, Aims

P.s. Thank you Google for all the “laughter quotes” 🙂

Last Week!

Lots of fun stuff on my blog last week… here’s a quick “look back”!

My (our) story about surviving a 10-day juice cleanse!

Then I had the privilege of introducing this adorable kid, Micheala!

And Julia’s “BFF” prom shoot! So fun to be a part of that! 🙂

Of course, I can’t leave out yesterday’s closet shopping post! 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying a spectacular weekend… I’m sure lovin’ the sunshine out here! 😀

Always, Aims

“Look back” on the week.

It’s been a fantastic week here in my little corner of the blogging community. My “May-Long” is gonna be packed! I’ll be shooting a grad party and a prom celebration…be looking for some gorgeous dresses and all that fun stuff here during the next week. 🙂

Highlights from this past week:

Our day at Margaret Falls

Continuing my “street photography” theme I did a second post on Street Musicians, this time from Europe:

I featured the lovely Huculak Family:

And I ended the week with another “hat post“.

Wishing you a delightful long weekend! Hope you’re able to enjoy some sunshine!

Always, Aims

Coming Tomorrow…!

Just a quick little note…well, an announcement actually! 😀 It’s coming tomorrow but I’m so excited I wanted to at least give a little hint today! I’m starting a new feature on my blog! It’s starting tomorrow (so be sure and come back then!) 🙂

Some hints to get your imagination going…

fashion related

doesn’t cost $ 

 you can do it too!

This idea has been in the back of my mind for awhile…and I’m really looking forward to sharing what will become an ongoing feature here. 🙂

See you tomorrow!

Always, Aims

Missed yesterday’s post? See some organization tips for your wardrobe: HERE

Street Photography: Musicians. Part 1

Being a musician myself… I notice other musicians, especially those who take their instrument of choice to the “street corner”.  I enjoy stepping back and listening, observing them… how they interact with the crowd (if they do at all!) or if they’re with another musician, the way they interact with each other.

For this post, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… my words won’t do justice.

Why yes…he DOES have a kitten sitting on his accordion. 😀

Sometimes your instrument consists of what is available…

If you know what this instrument is called…PLEASE let me know! (because I have no idea!) 😀 I think it’s some form of bass-ish instrument.

They obviously enjoyed playing together…

Hope you enjoyed a this little taste of music on the streets. Next week in Part 2 will be street musicians in Europe.

Missed last week’s street photography post? You can see it here.

Always, Aims

5 “thoughts” after 1 month of blogging

So it’s been exactly one month since I made my blog “official”.  Whew! It’s been a crazily awesome adventure so far! Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…

1. It’s a lot of (worthwhile) work!

-I had no idea what to expect when I started blogging… but it’s more work than I first anticipated.  However, looking back…it’s totally that worthwhile kind of work.  I’ve seriously come to enjoy connecting with other cool people here in the blogging community.  The benefits outweigh the losses (can’t think of any losses  right now anyways…!)

2. Be consistent!

-Yeah, you’ve probably heard that one before. But it’s really true.  No one likes a “dead blog”… I’d rather follow consistent blogs too…which means I need to be consistent.  It’s more work that way…but a lot more fun too!

3. Don’t wait!

-Sometimes you just have to do it (post it!) even if it isn’t “perfect”.  I’m somewhat of a perfectionist…and I’m the type that waits around, works on it, until it is perfected.  With blogging you can’t always do that (especially when you have self-imposed deadlines as I do!)  Sometimes, I know my wording isn’t the best and that I could sit down and make it better…but you can only agonize and analyze for so long (I’m a photographer not a writer…I have to get over my “imperfect” word order. 😀 )

4. Inspiration…the ups and downs!

-Be inspired, and celebrate those moments! When you’re consistently blogging… you’re not always inspired (for me this comes in the writing department!) Well, I’m not always inspired…maybe you are? 🙂 My advice is just do it…even when you’re not inspired.  Blogging can be a little bit like work…but I’d say, do it even when you’re not “in the zone” rather than wait until you are! On the flip side though, take advantage of those moments when you are inspired.  Stop what you’re doing (if you can! 😉 ) and write that post, even if it won’t go public till later. You won’t regret it! Or, if you don’t have time to sit down and do it right away, write yourself a quick note…chance are (at least some of) the inspiration will come back later.

 5. Be Yourself!

-whatever your blog is about…be yourself.  No one else is you.  No one else has my odd writing style and no one else’s pictures are the same as mine.  No one likes a copy cat.  Don’t stress that your words and pictures aren’t as “hip” as that other popular blogger… chances are, people are going to like the real you rather than who you want to be. Besides…it’s SO much easier just to be who you really are meant to be. 🙂

 

Well, that’s a start. I wrote all this out for myself as much as my readers.  It’s good to sit down and analyze once in awhile.  To take a moment and sit down…and be thankful. 🙂

 

It’s been a fantastic month! Thanks to all my followers! I appreciate each one of you! I love connecting with people from all over the world and blogging makes it so much more enjoyable! 🙂 I always enjoy seeing the different countries that view my blog…as of today 37 different countries have viewed it and it’s had over 3,500 hits.  Also, a special thanks to my family and friends who have supported me in my blog venture… you know who you are! (You’re all SO awesome!) 😀 Comments etc. always make me smile… you’re always welcome to leave a little “hello” from wherever you may be!

Super excited for the future! 😀 Enjoy your Friday…I sure am!

Always, Aims

photo credit: Joanna Webber

Street Photography: Portland, OR

Street photography intrigues me.  I mean, we’ve all seen those awesome moments that (often photo journalists) have caught. I think of that famous one, from the victory celebrations after WW2, of the sailor kissing the nurse.

Well, I’m not a photo journalist, and I’m a little shy when it comes to taking pictures of random strangers.  However, when I was in Portland last summer, I challenged myself a little, and got out of my comfort zone…and tried a little “street photography”.

I found myself wondering who these people were, what were (are) their stories? Why were they there? I didn’t have opportunity to talk with them but here are some of the “interesting” people from Portland, OR. (haha, keep Portland weird, right?)

The clash of the tattoo and the words on his t-shirt drew my attention to this man. I asked myself…does he know what his t-shirt asks those around him?

Maybe he told his wife I was going to exercise the dog.  Or maybe this is their daily routine.

I still wonder if there was actually coffee mate in the container. This was in the middle of a busy park…hence, the earphones?

Maybe I should have a caption contest for this picture. I really wonder how much he likes his job… or maybe it’s the “uniform”?

 

Lunch is always better in the park…out of a pot!

I find this guy a lot less creepy than those clowns who paint their faces and try get kids to like them. Clowns are kinda creepy…just sayin’. Balloon people are talented, eh!

 

When I saw this guy I stopped for a few minutes…various things came to mind.  Afterwards, I couldn’t get this scene out of my head.  He did this thing with these glass balls, allowing them to almost seamlessly slide around his hands and arms.  At the time my friends told me the name of this art form, but now for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called (never fails, eh!)

What struck me first was the fact that he showed no emotion.  The entire time we stood there his facial expression never changed. Because of his sunglasses you never knew in which direction his eyes were focused. He had also painted his entire body silver, giving off the sense of coldness.  I thought of the Tin Man, from The Wizard of Oz, who has no heart and cannot feel. Why was this guy here? For the money? How does it feel to have people gawking at you for hours at a time? Or, did he simply view himself as a performer, an artist?

For a dollar, he would stoop and shake your hand. I couldn’t resist… I had to know he was still human. He was…his hand was warm…and so lifelike.

One more… literal street picture. 😉 I couldn’t resist… I laughed when I saw this etched in the pavement. (only in Portland, right?)

Yeah, I do wonder who these people were…who they are now, and where they might be.  But maybe that’s just another piece of street photography: knowing I’ll never know.

I had fun sharing a little piece of Portland with you all today 🙂

Always, Aims

Simply Thankful…

There are just so many (simple) gifts for which I’m thankful today…things that I often take for granted:

I’m thankful that it’s FINALLY spring, that it’s sunny outside… that it even smells like spring (…so very thankful I can smell too!)

Laughter

That I have ears and can enjoy listening to my favourite music! (What, would life be without music?)

For the extra cup of coffee I had this morning… (that I can taste and enjoy it!)

That I can see…that I can enjoy all the colours around me. (Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to describe a colour using only words. It’s harder than you think. How would you describe “green” to someone who is blind?)

For (true) friendship.

Being able to squish and kiss my little 4 year old sister, Boo…and listening to her giggles and the smile on her face when I gave her a candy.

That our cat, Night-Fury came back after not being around yesterday. (Around here if a cat hasn’t come back for a couple of days, that usually means it’s “gone”….as in deceased.)

So take a moment, step back… and be thankful for those simple gifts.

Always, Aims

A hint for tomorrow’s “best friends” feature:

 

 

Blossomy Kitty

Well, I’m thoroughly enjoying the sunshine today (even if it is from indoors at the moment!) Maybe I can walk to my little coffee shop later on. 🙂

No epic blog post today, just writing a little note to say I’m updating and working on my facebook page today instead.  Posting and adding albums of some of my recent shoots that have been on here.  If you liked what you saw here be sure and check out my facebook page, I’m adding pictures that weren’t posted here. 🙂

Enough of my facebook rant, that’s not what today’s post is about. 🙂

Today I’m also editing this week’s shoots and starting to prepare some of next weeks blog posts. I’m already excited about what’s coming so be sure and check back in here. (hint: little boys with trains. I’m also really looking forward to introducing a very special person in my life 😉 ) That’s some of what’s coming!

For today… a picture of our cat, Night-Fury climbing in some blossomy bush (have no idea what’s it’s called; sorry!) Anyways, I thought it was cute…hope it makes you smile too! 😀

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Hope you were able to take a minute and relax and enjoy your Saturday. 🙂

See you Monday!

Always, Aims