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: 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

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

Change: Part I {Thoughts on Blogging}

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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

Feature: Amanda

Kelowna_Photography_Amy_Glanz_Portraiture.photos-6So very VERY honoured and excited to feature one of the most beautiful people I know: my sister.

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(It was graciousness on her part because I wanted to play with my new camera.)

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Kelowna_Photography_Amy_Glanz_Portraiture.photos-3I’ve blogged about her off and on over my time of blogging so feel like I’d be repeating myself if I sat down and started writing too much.  Maybe today, I’ll let pictures speak. My words wouldn’t do justice to who she is to me.  My best “girlfriend” – you know…that one with which you can laugh hysterically, the one whose thoughts you can almost read, who tells you how it is, listens, gives advice….but the best part? She’s also my sister.  😀 Kelowna_Photography_Amy_Glanz_Portraiture.photos-7If you know this gal in real life, you’re the one who’s blessed!

Always, Aims

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!

Always, Aims

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.

Always, Aims