Holdlifestill Photography - growing as a photographer

By: Holdlifestill Photography  09-12-2011
Keywords: Photography, photos

Posted on February 15, 2011

I wanted to share with you a bit of an e-mail that I received from my father today. He finished the message by simply noting: “love and be loved.” How powerful is that? As I thought about it, it came to me that at the end of a hurried day, if you know that you love and are loved, what else matters?

I hope you have had a wonderful v-day, whatever it means to you and whomever you share it with. As for me, the plan is to weave the “love and be loved” message into my year, starting today. Coming home to these fragrant bits of spring also soothed my soul.

Posted on October 3, 2010

I wanted to share this post with you because of the things that I learned while I made this image. In my photography journey, I get to see people during some of their happiest moments in their lives. I get to witness love and tears of joy. Families welcome me and we develop trust quickly into the session. I learn so much about a family as we talk, laugh, and take photos. Before I know it, our time together comes to an end, with the time slipping by quickly as we move from one area to another and take pictures along the way.

Every time I photograph, I learn something new. Often it’s about the technical or the artistic sides of photography, but sometimes it’s also about ME. These images helped me to learn about patience and the beauty of a second take. You see, I was invited to photograph the newest addition to Adrienne and Mike’s family earlier this summer. There were many ideas for photos swirling in my head. However; we followed the baby’s lead to end the session when it became clear that it was not the best day for them. As I reflected on the session and the flow of the day, I appreciated how much I learned about listening to baby cues. Turned out that the little one was not feeling well. Photos can be taken on another day, and that is exactly what we did. During the second session, we enjoyed a visit and got some lovely individual shots. I learned that even though photography captures a particular moment in time, it’s sometimes best to step back and reschedule for another day.

Posted on May 26, 2010

Dorothea was quoted as saying: “photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Incorporating the meaning of that quote into my business name felt like a natural extension of being inspired by Dorothea’s work. I would love to hear who inspires you in your passion….

Posted on February 7, 2010

I don’t know about you, but the months of November and December of ’09 went by in a blur for me. The excitement of working at the H1N1 immunization clinics was followed quickly by getting ready for Christmas, and life felt a little bit like being on a treadmill where someone set the speed just a tad too fast to keep up with.

In January, I found myself taking stock of where I wanted to be headed in 2010 (after all it is a new decade!) and a look back at how my photographs have changed over the last while. One of the things that I’ve struggled with is being critical of my own work and in turn sometimes losing sight of how much fun it is to go out and shoot. So, one of the goals for the year is to have more opportunities to take photos for the pure joy of it, without expectations or limitations.

I wanted to share my first “Sunday drive” shoots from last week. I not only got to make a new friend who shares the same love of abandoned places and entropy, but we came upon this gem where we spent two-and-a-half hours of pure enjoyment of photography.

Here are a few shots from the day:

I felt recharged and renewed in my love of photography after the day. My fingers and toes, on the other hand – they were screaming for a hot chocolate and a warm indoor spell!

Posted on October 5, 2009

It takes me time to digest things. I was thinking about my experience at the Because Kids Grow sale yesterday and I keep coming back to one comment that many people made to me. It was something to the effect of “I wish we had pictures taken when…” It reminded me of the poem “Babies Don’t Keep.” So many people said to me that they thought about having family photos done and did not have time or it always got pushed to the back burner. I too wish there were more images of my family as the kids were younger. I understand the pressures of home, work, and life. I am so happy, though, to help other families stop for a few minutes, enjoy each other, and create some memories for tomorrow.

Posted on July 27, 2009

What a fabulous outing with Jody and Steve. I so enjoyed our morning together, preserving their special day, even if a bit after it actually happened.

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I hope you have had a wonderful v-day, whatever it means to you and whomever you share it with. As for me, the plan is to weave the “love and be loved” message into my year, starting today. I wanted to share with you a bit of an e-mail that I received from my father today. Coming home to these fragrant bits of spring also soothed my soul. He finished the message by simply noting.


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Holdlifestill Photography - engagement photography

We started the e-session at the tree where Jess and Jay will promise to share their lives together next May. Jay’s soothing words helped them both to ease into the session and brought forth Jess’ radiant smile and laugh. As we walked through the windy paths of the family property, it was clear how deeply embedded the family traditions are and how meaningful it will be to have the ceremony there with family and close friends nearby.


09-12-2011

Holdlifestill Photography - portrait photography

Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together. There were some interesting additions to the shoot, including not knowing when the next bird was going to strike us, but there were also laughs and a tear or two.


09-12-2011

Holdlifestill Photography - family photography

I was honoured to photograph Jaclyn’s family recently and while the weather threatened us with rain and the park was filled with lots of people, we found some spots of solitude for capturing memories. Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together.


09-12-2011

Holdlifestill Photography - uncategorized

Well, in a nutshell, it is a way to clear out the clothes that languish in the back of the closet and the accessories that gather dust and swap them with someone else’s clothes and accessories to give them new life. The finishing touches, the tender words spoken to Lindsay by her mother as she was getting ready, the smiles shared between the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. and the laughs shared by the wedding party all came to mind.