We are always growing. Growing as individuals. Growing with our emotions. Growing with others and how we interact, understand and accept each other.
As a photographer I also would like to continually grow creatively. Discovering new ways of looking at things. Giving myself projects that challenge myself. Creating ‘aha’ moments. We all know how busy life is though and sometimes it’s easier to just keep doing what you always do, get what we have to get done done and go with what we know.
To help me with growing I registered for a course taught by Shannon Sewell at The Define School. I have always been in awe at the talent oozing from this lady. You can look at a picture and just know it is one of Shannon’s. Shannon is the biggest cheerleader for us and is so encouraging in just letting things go, not worrying about what others say and being inspired.
Where does inspiration come from? We’ve talked about this a lot in our class. We’ve been asked to just keep our eyes open more and notice what is around is. My inspiration for this assignment initially came from a picture one of my friends sent me. She texted me a picture of a HUGE bunch of logs that were temporarily being stored by where they live down in the country by Longview, Alberta. She said you got to do a shoot out here to which I 100% agreed. My next step of inspiration didn’t come from the pic on the iphone though, it came from the friend who sent it. I am soooooooo inspired by my friends. My friends, simply put, are amazing…they constantly give me goosebumps with their ideas, actions and emotions. The are amazing with themselves, with their families, with their kids, with their careers, with their aspirations. They constantly make me proud. I am inspired to capture how beautiful they each are.
You may have heard about Fawna. We first met in grade 5 at Longview School. Through friendship, time, experiences, challenges and lots of tea and wine, I have realized what a special person Fawna is. The moment you meet her you are surrounded by kindness, interest and just an overall feeling of goodness. I have been so intrigued and impressed by her ability to be so grounded, so honest, and so aware. I am learning from her constantly. And she has learned a ton going through the yucky hurricane of cancer. Twice. I don’t define Fawna by being a two-time cancer survivor, but it is certainly part of her story. And this is part of what I wanted to pull into our photoshoot. The words “Here. Awake. Truth. Beauty.” were part of my inspiration for bringing together the colours scheme, clothing, props, light, and overall feeling I chose. For those who know my work you’ll notice even the editing I used is very different from what I usually do. I won’t explain my thoughts for all these but I can say I had a lot of fun thinking them all through. That process alone was quite awakening for myself!!!
So I woke up at 5:30 to drive the hour down to Longview to welcome the sun to our creativity. And here it is….
It is so rejuvenating to have granted myself permission to just shoot for me! Now that I know what it’s like to shoot just for me, I will be doing it alot more. I am one who preaches “expand your comfort zone by doing something a bit uncomfortable for you.” I’m so glad I walked the talk this time.
And thank you Fawna for the inspiration for this shoot and beyond.