So much has been going on that I don't even know where to begin...so I will just begin. I cannot guarantee the next posts will be in order, but I will try to get it all in somehow.
I love writing and I have missed it in the interest of getting things done. I'm excited to be back in the saddle and expressing why I do what I do, sharing my vision and love for this world, my work, and the amazing people that I get to photograph. (I still cannot believe that I get to do this for my job.)
Our Waterton Calendar was printed and we sold 24% of our stock in the first 24 hours. The calendars continue to be purchased and the interest is growing. We've been advertising and staying in close contact with our vendors (shops in Waterton, Chapters in Lethbridge, Wall Decor and More and Chinook Tourism here in Lethbridge.
I have been spending every spare Saturday (which has been hard to come by) hiking in Waterton for those gorgeous images for NEXT year's calendar. We wanted to get more off the road images, so we are hoofing it with heavy packs on our backs and bringing the artistry of the high mountain lakes to you. I'm super excited about what we have captured so far. I dragged my kids with my last weekend on two hikes that totaled 20 kms. (Everytime I get restless about them computer gaming, I plan a hike- gotta get them outside!!!) I find it so peaceful and soul-filling being in the mountains and spending that time with friends and family. I have more hikes planned, and I'm so excited to be using my artistic eye in this fashion!
This image was taken at 5:30 in the morning as sunrise struck. When sunrise happens the photographer has literally five minutes of photographing time, so you must be ready to rock and roll at the perfect time. We had to leave home at 4:00 in the morning to get there in time. We were photographing a bride and groom early that morning... images will be shared in an upcoming post!
I challenge everyone this summer, whether it is Waterton or not - GET OUTSIDE! It is heaven!
Today has been unreal. Seriously unreal.
1) My interview with the Lethbridge Journal was printed in the publication and distributed today.
2) Today was national print competition and all five of my entries made it through. I was going between pacing the floor and dancing within minutes. The PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) were live streaming it, so I was sitting in my kitchen in my jammies watching the amazing images and the critiques all day. I LOVE print competition. I learn loads of stuff. I will find out in later April if any of my entries produce more hardware (trophies)...but I'm so satisfied with what was accomplished today!
3) My friend Aaron and I were featured as artists with our landscape work in a local art gallery (Wall Decor and More - here in Lethbridge). We had family members, friends and clients come out to see us. We had beautiful guitar music and delicious food to make that event a little slice of right-brained heaven for me. It was fun to show the work we have been spending so much time and personally sacrificing sleep to bring to the public. We made new friends and connected with other local artists.
4) I got the news during that event that we got a $500 backer to our kickstarter project. See: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744495898/waterton-park-18-month-photo-calendar this is a project that we care so much about and have invested so much into and to see others care too, is so rewarding. (Ever heard of crowd-funding or Angel funding? that is what Kickstarter is - a site where lots of people can donate to creative projects to help them be funded. There are rewards available, so you get to receive from it as well. Go to my kickstarter link above for more information - and funding, if you'd like to help.)
5) THEN, I got another e-mail when I got home notifying me that someone had backed our project to the tune of $2,000!!! Woa! This project has been live for just a few days and it is 60% backed. I am so humbled and speechless. I am grateful.
I am so grateful for the network of family, friends, and client-friends that I have. I don't just have clients...they are friends. I fall in love with them and tuck them into my heart. It's just how I roll. :-)
I am grateful for today. I'm grateful to be able to bring the beauty of the world to everyone. I'm grateful for every person who has entered my world and left a thread in the tapestry that is my life. I have an abundant life in every non-monetarily-speaking-but-stuff-that-truly-counts-way possible.
We had our first Bridesmaid Bonanza event! We had over 130 brides and bridesmaids through our doors, and more people accompanying them. It was a snowy day outside, but we were warm with lots of new friends, food, drink and lots of prizes. I just want to thank all of those who came and all of our vendors who took part in this event. We hand-picked our vendors...Being wedding vendors ourselves - we only chose those who we feel are cutting edge with what they do.
More news and information to come!
I have been busy photographing boudoir sessions. I absolutely LOVE these sessions. I get to see a transformation in front of my eyes. Women are so hard on themselves...always. I don't show (to the public) most of the boudoir sessions that I do. It is a very personal kind of session. Some women are more private than others...I understand this. I recently photographed a bridal boudoir session (a session with a wedding flavor in it as a gift for her groom). I listened to so many stories of how they met, how they fell in love...and how they are, undeniably, meant to be together. I was inspired. I cannot WAIT to hear how her boudoir art-images are received by her lucky groom. She spoke of how much she loved the images and how they are giving her the confidence she needs at this time. I love her images...they have an old hollywood spice to them. She is beautiful and the images...I wish I could show you. But, this sessions images are for her and her groom. Women are beautiful because they are women...nothing else is in the equation.
I was fortunate enough to photograph another boudoir session at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. I am completely at home in the art world, and this hotel felt like home to me. We were allowed to photograph in the common areas of the hotel as well (with my subject in a gown). Low light photography is one of my specialties...and, since I moved to Lethbridge, I haven't been able to fully stretch my creative legs with low light. Big cities are full of beautiful and inspiring locations for low-light artistry. I'm just starting to work with these images, but here's a sneak peek. That hotel had SO much to use for me!!
The first annual Bridesmaid Bonanza is taking place in TWO days!
Head on over to our Facebook Page (here) to register. Click on the "Like us to Register" tab. We are giving away a bachelorette event/shower with products and services worth over $3,000. That's a great party! We'd love to see you there!