on the ol’ bloggity today! link up there ⬆️
as promised, mr. linden’s sunset beach newborn session is on the blog tonight! take a peek at the link in my profile!
As I look through my photos I've realized that I have so many images that I've never even took the time to actually look at. Having worked for 4 years in Bolivia for a small ngo, I was able to document life around me which was so amazing because it gave me a whole new perspective on life. To be an observer - so many stories can unfold themselves in front of you without even trying. Life can be pretty cool when you just sit and watch. Give it a try! You might see some pretty amazing things that you would never see if you hadn't taken the time.😉
That smell, their soft and fuzzy skin, the funny faces & their little hands and toes all in those first days and weeks are what makes waking up every hour ...or two ..or three worth it. ♥️
The first issue of @confluence_magazine
is out TODAY! This is a space that @katiejettwalls
envisioned for emerging documentary work. I believe she has built something here that has been needed for a long time and it is here to stay for the long term. @signeclayton
’s adoption story of Victoria Li is my contribution to this issue. Having @ryanchristopherjones
curate this project helped me see something about my work I hadn’t realized before. He has a true gift in searching for symbolism and allowing the photographs to represent Victoria’s voice in a way that hasn’t been conveyed otherwise. This is one of the best collaborative efforts I have had the good fortune to be part of; I will never forget this! Now go read it! Link in profile 👆🏻. #documentaryphotography #adoptionstories #internationaladoption
These are the Days | 365 Project | Chats with dad (If you haven't noticed, I've given up on figuring out my day numbers 😅)
Nana: "Can I get the kids hamsters?" Me: "Sure! As long as they stay at your house!"
Why documentary family photography? To simply connect with the beauty of what happens between the planned moments - when life is the most honest ♥️
When she can’t help but smile and chuckle at her kids gettin’ jiggy with it! This friend of mine, the way she loves her children and thinks about creating the kind of childhood that is as much for each individual as it is for siblinghood - I always learn from her words. If you don’t follow @kylaewert
on IG (and not just for the sake of social media), make space to take in her images, and more importantly her words.
Sharing some thoughts about documentary photography on the @designaglow
blog today. “Documentary photography is less about achieving an aesthetic product and more about honoring them and giving their story a voice and place in this world - just as they are, unaltered. There is power in bringing light to our differences and sharing this diversity will help normalize the way people and families are seen in photographs”. Link in profile if you would like to have a read!
I honestly think everyone present (including me!) had tears in their eyes as Matt’s mom and Brian’s mom performed the hand fasting in their ceremony. What a lovely way to involve parents!
It's always so inspiring to enter a person's home because you get an insight into their life story just by observing the spaces, the photos, the art, the little knick knacks around the room. Hallway's for instance, these are the spaces that are so often overlooked but are used so often and where so many memories are created. Just look around your place - you might be surprised as to where those special memories were created 🏠♥️
Oh what an honour it was to be able to photograph these two during their big day - as my last shoot before the baby comes - I can say that carrying an extra 30 pounds at the front was quite the workout but was well worth it 😂 @donnamcmurtry
This photograph pretty much sums up how I have been feeling these past few months. Teetering between “I want to quit” and “I want to keep building” this business. What’s the whole point of this? Wouldn’t it be incredible to just photograph for the love of it? To dedicate photography for the greater good without needing compensation or worrying endlessly about trying to achieve financial sustainability? Life goals right?
I could not get any closer to the edge, my palms were sweaty, I was on the verge of peeing my pants....this is discomfort. But this is a place I find myself so often. Instead of trying to find an answer or making a plan, I’m sitting with it instead. Maybe this is growth? I don’t know. I’m just going to let it be and stew in my own discomfort for now.
So in case you think you’re the only one going through the lows of having a business, I’m here to tell you - you are not alone!
My posting has been a little absent as I'm almost 35 weeks and I can say that I'm over it. The heat, the pelvis pains and don't get me started with gestational diabetes. It's funny how this whole pregnancy was total surprise and shock to us as we only found out only 4 and half months through the pregnancy. I really thought I had other issues and surprise that's what I had. I laugh about it but I'm not going to lie, so much is going on in my head as we are soon to welcome this tiny soul into this world. Excited ? Of course, who would't, this child chose us and we are going to do the damnedest to do our best as parents to guide and love this little one like no other. Scared? Hell yah, I mean my last pregnancy did not go so well on my body and did a lot of damage that I'm still trying to repair but it also brought along a lot of growing. With my passion of documentary photography I'm always telling other people's stories and I think this past year with my photography and my focus of authenticity it's time I start sharing some of my own - I do believe that the more vulnerable we can be with people, the more authentic we can be, those true connections arise amongst us and help us all along our journeys. ♥️♥️♥️
Wishing a happy anniversary to Giovanna and Andrew!
I am not /always/ a loud moment picture taker. Sometimes, it’s how people are in my frame, that sense of harmonious and visual balance, that makes me press the shutter. His hand on his mom’s shoulder, and his brother lying on dad’s back, leaning against his head. I like to think of this as a sort of found family “portrait”. Nothing poignant, but more than enough in its quiet being. #thedocumentaryapproach #documentaryfamilyphotography #vancouverfamilyphotographer
“Can you sit super close to him? You don’t have to like, sit in his lap or anything. I mean, unless you want to...” She wanted to. I love couples who are into the PDA! (Although no one was around so it was not really “public”)
When I first started documentary work, I posted an image to share. I received a critique from a fellow photographer, saying that my skin tones are a touch too cool and that there are colour casts I didn’t properly address. She went on to suggest I should know better because I am a Click Pro.
She’s right - being a “pro” means meeting/exceeding the technical rubric required to produce a certain level of technical and artistic photography, including how to edit for skin tones to achieve the best outcome for different ethnicity. There is a time and place for insisting all those things should be achieved, but I will also argue for the alternative pictured here.
Maybe I’ll get shit for posting this image because this image has the “horrid” colour casts. But over the years, I’ve learnt to let go of that expectation and sometimes, colour casts mean something more than improperly toned skin. Sometimes, it means this is how much fun a child is having on a water spraying bouncy castle. This is how close he got, trying to drink from a spray spout because it seemed like the most logical thing to do to cool from this heat. And this is how close I got to getting this moment when he is drenched, inches away from the red and blue surface of this inflatable equipment of J-O-Y.
Evening shenanigans // If you can’t beat’em, join’em.
That time of day usually feels like peak exhaustion for me. What to make for dinner is still a big question mark and there is still the dreaded mealtime where my slow eaters drag on and get distracted with books, toys, asking for a show, etc. More often than not, I want all of this to wrap up so I can catch up on work. I often wonder, does anyone else feel this way?
And then when I work with families like @sylviegrahan
, I am reminded that it doesn’t have to feel so hard. Kids have this sense that it’s bedtime and their need for silliness exponentially increases. And when you have a parent that engages with that sense of play, then the evening world is pretty sweet all around. You can resist their silliness and be irritated or choose to be part of it. The latter seems like a much better option!
Remember rain? Me neither and I don’t miss it at all!!! #sunlover
Forget the pool - why not cool off in the smallest bucket you can find 😅🌞
Happy Canada Day!!! 🇨🇦 (This is my first Canada Day as a permanent resident and it feels great!). Was thrilled to get access to this amazing heritage location for T and C’s engagement session, thanks to T’s military service. Was like being on a roof deck of a castle!