30 Days in England: Day 5 (Pathways)

Various paths and walkways in England 🙂

I loved taking walks in England! (And that there’s SO MUCH GREEN there!)

Thought I’d keep it simple today… 😀

*sigh* I wish I could describe England’s smell… but it’s one of those things (like music) that can’t be shown in pictures… 😦

Always, Aims

30 Days in England: day 1

Tower Bridge… London, England.

I hinted yesterday at a special feature that would be coming to my blog for the month of June! (Ah it’s JUNE already?!) I’m very excited to share the beginning with you today.

Every day of June I’ll be posting (at least) one picture of the trip I made to England in June, 2010.  (Specific cities will include: London, Brighton, Bath, Oxford, and others.)  This will be on top of my other regular portrait features etc.

So…be sure and come back every day! 😀

It was a fantastic trip and I’m so excited to share some pieces of it during the next 30 days!

Always, Aims

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

Feature: Rasco (Portrait Shoot)

Meet my sister, Rasco*.  I’m featuring her on my blog today for a few reasons!


First of all it’s her birthday today! So for her 11th birthday, I took her out for a little photoshoot.


Another reason was the dress…


Every little girl should have a dress as special as this, their very own “princess dress”.  I remember mine… My Grandma sewed me a flower girl dress for my uncle’s wedding.  It was black velvet with gold satin bows and I wore a crinoline with it so it would be “poofy” (especially when I twirled).  This is Rasco’s princess dress, and I wanted to have some pictures of her in it before she grows out of it.





The story… Rasco was in town a few weeks before Christmas with our Mom when a copper coloured dress caught her eye.  As it turns out the biggest size they had left was too small for her.  A trip to Fabricland and some of my older sister’s hard work later… this dress is the result (and it’s so much more beautiful than the one in the store!)  Rasco picked the colours of it to match her (gorgeous!!!) hair .

Our location today was a little road/pathway behind out house a ways. When I suggested the photoshoot to Rasco she specifically requested this spot.



I think we both thought it would be more green out there by now (other years the Saskatoon bushes are blooming already!) But it was still rather brown…so we made to with what we had. 🙂


We had fun on the shoot today (or, I did anyways 🙂 I hope she she did too haha!) She’s been a willing participant many times before… thanks for putting up with me again, Rasco.  I always love seeing this precious red head through my lens, she’ll be back 😉


P.s. Yes, I always wished I had red hair…just sayin’.

Always, Aims

*Rasco isn’t her real name…we’re not that weird ;-).  I’ve decided to use nicknames etc. for my siblings (especially my younger ones) on my blog to help keep their lives private. J (It’s not their fault I have a blog 😛 ) (It’s pronounced with a British accent sounding something like this: Rossco)


Feature: Jannice, 2012 Grad

Meet Jannice, high school graduation, class of 2012!

Ah, I’m SO excited to introduce you to Jannice! We had planned to do her grad shoot last week and then ended up postponing it until Monday. Monday turned out to be a fantastic day for shooting…which makes me extra glad we had to reschedule! 🙂 We were going for a little more of a rustic feel for this shoot and decided to take pictures at the Father Pandosy Mission in Kelowna.

Jannice has been a friend of mine for a few years, it was such a privilege to take her pictures.

When I think of Jannice one of the first words that comes to mind is “sweet”, and it’s true, she’s an all around sweetheart in the best sense of the word…but she also has a super fun personality (especially once you get to know her!) 🙂

It was for Jannice’s sister’s wedding that I traveled to Germany last year.  While there…I was asked numerous times how I was related to Jannice…I guess lots of people think we look alike.  I’ll take that as a compliment thank you very much. 😀

But here’s the sad part 😦 (sad for me anyways!) Jannice’s future plans include moving back to Germany… That selfish side of me comes out when I say I’m sad…because that means she won’t be here with us! 😦 However, on the other hand, I’m so happy for her! She’s already been accepted into a nursing program there and she says she wants to come back! 😀

So I’ll look on the bright side and enjoy her for the next few months before she goes back! Besides, this means I have a place to stay if I go back to Germany, right? 😉

A special thanks to Jannice for be so fun to take pictures of… I couldn’t have done it without you! 😉  Don’t stay in Germany too long, ok?

~Always, Aims

Feature: Anna Grad ’12

Today I get the pleasure of featuring Anna! She’s graduating from high school this year and we decided to start celebrating already!  She’s graduating in a couple of months, and we also “happened” to do this shoot the day after her 18th birthday. 🙂

Not only does Anna have a fun personality, I like her fashion sense too. 😀  She inspires me to be different and to be more adventurous in my own fashion tastes.

We did the shoot in downtown Kelowna at the waterfront.  After having a snowfall the week before, we were both pretty excited to have such a sunny afternoon for the photoshoot.


Anna is also a licensed lifeguard and swim teacher, but her future plans include something in the nursing field. I’m pretty sure she’ll be fantastic at whatever she sets out to do!

Hey, she can even drive stick (I can’t do that yet!) I mean, how cool is that? 😉


I had a blast Anna, thanks for letting me take your pics! All the best for your future! Hope to see you through my lens again soon! (Sooner than later I think… I’ve seen her prom dress already!) 😉


Always, Aims

A new New Year’s “Resolution”!?

Yes, I know it’s WAY past Jan. 1… but sometimes I like breaking rules; today I made a New Year’s resolution (who cares if it’s “a couple” months late, right?) 🙂 Even if it’s spring…?

Today I realized: I don’t take enough pictures.

Hey there! Stop laughing! Let me explain…Whoever would’ve thought a photographer would say, “I don’t take enough pictures”?!

Give me a minute (or more!) to expound my statement… 🙂 First of all I love life, I love MY life and the unique things that make it “mine”, such as having the privilege of having a “live-in” BFF (how cool is that, eh? Yup, my older sister is beyond awesome!) or living in a country where food and water are always available…

I love the little things in life too, those little details… like my red fingerless “photography” mittens and my camera keychain that makes a shutter sound and flashes when you hit the button. (Yes, I am easily amused)  Life is about stepping back for a few seconds and enjoying these little gifts.  I’m guilty of being so busy that I don’t always notice them, don’t always think about how thankful I truly am…even that I can put gas (at outrageous prices!) in the car.

Okay, okay, to make what’s turning into a longer rambly explanation shorter.  Today, I realized I don’t take pictures of some of these simple gifts, special moments, so that I can remember them later… usually, I’m too busy to take notice let alone snap a picture.  Yet, when I actually do take that extra moment…I’m SO thankful later!

So what exactly is my resolution/goal? Simply this: To take more pictures of the “everyday” gifts I get to experience. I know I’ll be thankful I did when 20 years down the road I can look back and remember… 🙂 Not only have a memory, but a tangible reminder in the form of a picture.

I’m hoping that by having a blog, it will remind me to snap pictures. 😀 To start off… here’s a picture when some of my family and I went skating a few weeks ago…

Why is it special? Because we’re together.  It’s the night before my sister leaves…and it’s our last skate of the season.

Any newish goals you’ve made recently?

Always, Aims

Of spring and…snow?!

Happy Spring everyone! 😀

However…up here in what’s usually known as “the sunny Okanagan” it’s snowing today! Talk about a weird winter! I hoped for more snow all winter…and now that it’s finally spring… it’s snowing outside?!

But that’s okay… it just means I get to cuddle up in warm fuzzy blankets and (the perfect excuse to) have an extra cup of coffee. 😀

I decided to embrace the “snow theme” today… here are a few pictures from a recentish portrait shoot I did.

Meet Arienne….And her lovely horses; Mercury and Nevada.

There’s just something about that relationship between a woman and her horse(s)… that’s can’t really be put into words.

Hum, I’m not sure what exactly, it is… but I just liked the next picture 🙂 It makes me think of an aged postcard or something.

And one more before I go…

 Hopefully, my next post will be a little more springish, haha! But with this weather, who knows!  If you’re basking in the spring sunshine somewhere…enjoy some for me too! 🙂

Always, Aims