Stubborn Love

After a few months of hibernating and being in a creative rut, my imagination has been reignited. Spending time with other creatives will do that, and I am so thankful for my creative community.

In a photography group I am in, we were challenged to come up with a shoot based on a song. I struggled with this a lot. But, then was hit with loads of ideas while out running the other day. (Another reason I love running....it fuels my creativity) Anyway, Stubborn Love by the Lumineers was the song I chose for this shoot, and I know the song is about a wife or girlfriend who has had an affair, but for whatever reason, I always think about being young and wild and free when I hear this, and I wanted to capture the kids doing just that, innocent, young, free.

Frozen Forest

This past weekend we were hit with an Ice Storm. Most of the city shut down and we all just hunkered down. Which, I didn’t mind. I must admit, I am a creature of habit as well as an ambivert, which is a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features. As I said in my previous post, I am always mixing things up. While I do love to be social, and can definitely thrive in a social setting, the Holidays just completely exhaust me of socializing. So in January, I enter my hibernation and pretty much don’t like to come out of it until April. I like to use this time to reconnect with myself, with my family, pause, meditate, write, clean/purge, and as well as pursue my projects and regain my creativity, clarity and inspiration. I love the Holiday Season, really I do, but it really zaps me. 

 

I had an internal struggle this past weekend. Should I just stay inside by the fire soaking up being warm and snuggly, or round the family up and take a nature walk through our frozen forest out back. I really hate being cold, so this was a tough decision. Lol! I finally decided that it would be very beneficial to go on this walk together. I mean, how often are we just frozen over? The view of the forest looked magical. I just had to let the kids experience this and I am SO GLAD I did! Seeing everything covered in ice was amazing to all of us. It was one of those situations of everyone saying “Oh, look here!” “WOW! Look here!” “Oooooh, look at that!” It really was true natural beauty that you don’t often get to see. I definitely felt so alive and inspired, and I could tell the kids and Heath were too!

So thankful for days like this. 

The Best of 2016.

2016 was a big year for me. I began to realize how I was seeing things, and understanding that better. I've struggled for years with what my "style" was. I felt a little all over the place. And while my photography is still broad, like photographing babies, families, seniors, couples, weddings, and even real-estate, I am FINALLY seeing for myself my common theme: FEELING. My main passion is photographing the FEELING OF CHILDHOOD, which is a photo project I am working on for a collection. But, if you know me, you know I constantly am juggling a few different irons in the fire. I don't just have one simple hobby, one simple activity, one simple interest. No, I am all over the place. That is just who I am. I like to keep things exciting. Even with this post, I could not just have it only client work, I have to mix in my personal. There may be more photos then most people want to see, but these are just some of my favorites. The ones that really spoke to me.