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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.

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Janet Pliszka:


  1. Kirsten Wreggitt February 18, 2013 Reply

    Hello Janet,
    There is so much emotion, life, and rawness in these photos! I soared as I looked at them. AMAZING! Keep tapping into the place that inspired this, because it is truly a place of great gifts.

  2. shannon sewell February 18, 2013 Reply

    oh my goodness... there are no words! you outdid yourself!!! LOVE!!!!

  3. Kim Page Gluckie February 18, 2013 Reply

    It is amazing to see images of someone you've known a lifetime and getting a sense of seeing her for the first time - as the amazing woman she is. You've captured the whole Fawna, Janet. I can see you in your images too. It's all beautiful. Be so proud of yourself.

  4. Dana Goldstein February 19, 2013 Reply

    Janet, You are not the first photographer I know who took an opportunity to work their craft only for themselves. As everyone can see, your results were SPECTACULAR!! As for inspiration, we tend to be attracted to those who move us, make us think, cause us to hold our breath, and yes, inspire us.

  5. Laura Buckholz February 19, 2013 Reply

    Absolutely stunning Janet! You have brought through the true message. 'Inspiration'

  6. Rosemarie Bews February 19, 2013 Reply

    Janet- You have not only captured her beauty, but her spirit.

    • Janet Pliszka February 19, 2013 Reply

      Thanks so much Rosemarie. We enjoyed the morning so much! This has been one of the most meaningful shoots I've probably ever taken! So much coming together... a wonderful friend, a place which speaks to us so much, a sky we know so well... it was beautiful.

  7. Josephene Juell February 19, 2013 Reply

    Janet-these photos are beautiful and just as beautiful is hearing the story and emotion behind it-I'm glad you stretched your comfort zone!

  8. J'Val Shuster February 20, 2013 Reply

    Wow. So beautiful Janet. So beautiful. I have been scrolling through looking at these photos over and over. They are so beautiful, pure, and luminous. Just like Fawna herself. Congratulations for having the guts to do something differently. And thank you for sharing. Truth and beauty everywhere.

  9. Nadine Nicholson February 21, 2013 Reply

    Janet, you have captured beautiful Fawna with so much love and strength. Wow. Wow. Wow. Seriously Janet whatever you learned in that course is bringing out your inner inspiriation and the wrold needs more off it. You are incredibly talented and I'm so excited about our next photoshoot. It is timed perfectly with the rebrand of my company. Love what you're doing Janet and oh - I'll see you next week for the photoshoot with Keane!

  10. Pascale February 21, 2013 Reply

    Thoses pages, words and pictures, give me goosebumps! Congratulations to Fawna for the brilliant idea of logs and the beautiful pictures. You are an amazing artist Janet! People said the truth: you have to be proud of yourself. I am looking forward to spend more time with you soon. Cheers

  11. Jennifer Park February 22, 2013 Reply

    I've been enjoying your photos daily on facebook and these ones are stunningly beautiful and really communicate a sense of who your subject is. She is strong, wise and beautiful. You have a great way with capturing the essence of the people in your photographs and your use of light and composition are spot on. Always a pleasure:)

  12. Pam Henheffer February 22, 2013 Reply

    Wow two of my favorite people making magic together. Nice work and you are both beautiful.LOVE YOU

  13. Judy Lewis February 22, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful, inspiring and courageous! Love ya Fawna.

  14. Laurie McGowan February 23, 2013 Reply

    WOW...I have no other words.

  15. Ladensembjetve February 7, 2017 Reply

    amazing ! stunning photos and they convey so much emotions ! love it

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