Self Portrait #4.

Gear : Nikon D700 + 50mm F1/8
Lighting : Natural from my window and was reflected into my face because I was standing in front of my mirror.
 

So this one is a little bit boring. I had just bought brown contact lenses and was playing around with them. Kinda strange to have blue eyes your whole life then look in the mirror and have brown. However —I like them!

^ Completely straight out of camera before shot. 

Self Portrait #3.

Sitting in my window this morning being generally depressed that it snowed last night. I miss hanging out in my window in the summer listening to music. This sucks. 

Food photography!

We are not very good friends. Kudos to those that make this look easy because it’s definitely is not. What’s easy however is snacking whilst working. Nomm!

Self Portrait numeroh deux!

Gear : Nikon D700, 70-200 F/2.8
Location : A dirty window.

Pretty low-key for this one, just shot at a dirty window and got my reflection. :) 

Official Self Portrait Project started!

I’ve been messing around with my project thinking about starting it, but finally started to give it a shot yesterday while I was in Musquodoboit. If you read my post before this one you’ll see were doing some location scouting.

I made a link at the top where I’m going to keep my photos and each photo will have a link to how I did it or where or with who, a bit about me,  etc… :)

Here’s #1 ! 

Location : Musquodobit, NS
Light : All natural baby.
Gear : Nikon D700 + 70-200 F/2.8
Credits : Samee Rose for being my tripod/shooter!

I think if you don’t know me, this photo might not make sense. Why aren’t my eyes open? Well, aside from the fact the whole shoot was spent with me making stupid faces because my friends were there. This was more of a mishap than anything. BUT! If you know me, and knew me at all when I was younger I spent all the time I could the valley surrounded by ocean, cows, horses and fields, all being alone. A lot of time thinking. A lot of time running with music and just enjoying the heat and the beautiful scenery and trying to get my awkward teenage self to figure out who I was.  

So I think this is a good representation of me and my serene state of mind. Completely content. Completely happy. Even though it’s not ‘my’ valley, my fields, or summer.

Location Scouting : Musquodoboit.

The NSCC classes every year get together and pick a small town somewhere in NS and photograph it for a book. Today we did a location scouting in the town of Musquodobit. We got so lost. We off roaded. We found ‘Bison’. Saw a unicorn. Made a friend named Jim who is going to offer his home and his beer to us come April. Can’t wait to do this book!

* Will be uploading this as I finish them so come back and check ‘em out!

I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.

I made this a long time ago and had it in my bedroom at my parents house, but since moving into my boyfriend’s house it’s just been sitting here in a frame with no home. I should really find a place for it.  :)

Celebration.

Celebration when your plan is working? Anyone can do that. But when you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it epic, that’s when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong… that’s celebration. - SHAUNA NIEQUIST

Being discouraged and a trip down memory lane.

I think every photographer goes through this. We all look at other people’s work and admire it and wonder why ours isn’t up to par, or isn’t as sharp, or as clear, or bright or for whatever reason and we get down on our work. It’s a hard trap to fall into. And to be honest, I think all artists in general go through this.

I had one of these moments (one of many lately) and I just opened up my Flickr account and started at the very beginning and looked at all my old work. I’ve really come a long way. That’s not saying I still don’t have a longer way to go, but I’ve made progress. 

Better composition. Better colours. Sharper. More interesting. I’m really (read: slowly) starting to shape myself as a photographer. 

^^ Doggy photos - February 2010

^^ Doggy photos - February 2012

^^ Self portrait - March 2010 

^^ Self portrait - October 2011

^^ “Studio” shot (read: livingroom and a black sheet) - April 2008 

^^ Studio shot - October 2011

^^ Engagement Photo - June 2010 

^^ Engagement Photo - September 2011

^^ Wedding stuff - August 2010

^^ Wedding stuff - July 2011

^^ Outdoor portraits - September 2010

^^ Outdoor portraits - September 2011

^^ Wedding details - October 2010

^^ Wedding details - July 2011

^^ Bokeh - December 2010

^^ Bokeh - December 2011

^^ Cars - April 2010 

^^ Cars - June 2011

Anyway, you guys get the point I’m sure. :) So next time you’re feeling poopy about your work just look back in your archives. You might surprise yourself with how far you’ve come!

Pretty girl Kristen!

Kristen and I had a studio session last night! Look how pretty this girl is! We found that just putting on loud up beat music seems to work best haha. She just danced and posed away.