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home is where the heart is

16 May

homeis3IMG_8520 homeis1 homeis2I decided to surprise my mom with a belated Mother’s Day visit, and enjoyed some quality time with both her and my father in Windermere, BC earlier this week. We wandered around their new property where they have finally begun breaking ground in preparation for building the new house; another reminder of how beautiful things spring forth from nothingness. I soaked up the landscape of my childhood, ate dinners with the family and briefly saw a few dear friends. I arrived back in Castlegar to one of the hottest days we’ve had so far this year, and enjoyed my first full night’s sleep with the windows wide open. Waking up to fresh spring air, the song of birds chirping and sunlight dancing on my bed was heaven. Home is definitely where the heart is, and mine is full.

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unseen Etsy snaps

4 Oct

When approached by Etsy to be a featured shop, I was detailed with the task of taking portraits of both my studio and myself. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the idea: as a self-taught photographer who often dislikes being in front of the lens, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to even capture the mood of my studio, let alone the one in my heart… However, all it took was setting up the camera on a tri-pod, rigging the self-timer, and just creating as I usually do. I was thrilled with the results, and I am very proud of these shots. Etsy shared 9 of my photographs in the interview, but I thought I would show you the extra snaps that I took.centered2 06 04 11 12 10 desk 05I would encourage all artists, designers and makers, to set up a little photo-shoot for themselves in order to document their process, craft and studio space. These images let your customers and future buyers connect even better with you; they can directly see your involvement, the touch of the your hand, and the beautiful space in which the work is created. Too often do these aspects of our work remain a mystery; it is nice to give our interested customers and friends another look at our process and creative space.

the take over

26 Aug

House fox squirrel racoon badgersI rarely re-post things I find on the internet, but my friend Evan shared something this morning that made my heart absolutely melt! Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström has been photographing a series of abandoned houses that have been re-claimed by wild animals. The photos are so soft and full of beauty, and the imagery is immensely touching. What wonderful portraits these are of such incredible creatures. Click here to see the rest of the magnificent photographs that have been publish in National Geographic.