On the weekend of December 1st and 2nd I held my first ever Holiday mini session, and it did NOT disappoint. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, I love finding the perfect gift for my loved ones, decorating the house, watching Elf, and drinking Lactose-Free egg nog! These sessions actually came at a very hard time for me, as I had a lot going on personally. However, as the first family showed up (with their pet guinea pig in hand) and I pulled out my camera I was filled with excitement. I turned up my Christmas playlist, full of Michael Bublé songs, and tackled this weekend head on.
Held at the beautiful Air B and B, Cozy Flat in Kingston, many of these sessions were new to me. I haven't done many indoor sessions, especially in only 30 minutes! So, this weekend was the perfect time to remind myself why I started photography: because I love it and I want to challenge myself.
These sessions were a friendly reminder that no matter what you are doing in school, work, or your life, it is incredibly important to continue to challenge yourself. Without pushing yourself, you will never know what you're capable. That might sound "cliché", however many times people get stuck in what's comfortable.
One new session that I was able to shoot this weekend was boudoir. Many people have different ideas of what a boudoir session is, but to me it is a chance for anyone to get a little outside their comfort zone, and gain some more self-confidence! My goal is for these sessions to empower individuals, allow them to improve their confidence, and create some incredible pictures. This session was a great experience to learn, as a photographer, how important and meaningful boudoir shots can be! I am hoping to hold more of these types of sessions in the new year (stay tuned for more info)!
I also got the chance to shoot some newborn pictures, which is fairly new experience for me. It takes a lot more patience and thought to get their pictures. You can’t exactly tell a baby to what to do, though sometimes I swear they understand you. A huge part of me worries taking on new projects and different kinds of shoots. In one weekend I did family, couples, newborn, and boudoir sessions!! But another part of me is just so excited to learn new thing and try different styles. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning. There’s always something new to learn or try, so why not? You never know what you can achieve or what your good at unless you try it.
As a final point, before you get to see some more adorable pictures of the kiddies, I just want to encourage people to continue to get outside their comfort zone, whether it's getting in front of the camera, taking on a new project, or learning a new skill. It's so much fun, and who knows... you might find a new hobby that you love!
With that in mind, I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Take lots of pictures, and keep the memories of these special moments with family and friends alive. Cheers!
I think I typed this sentence out ten times before actually being able to get started. Writing is hard, but writing about yourself can be even harder.
As a student, photographer, and now blog "writer", I think it's important for people to know who I am. If you are going to be reading my work, and looking at my photos, I hope to provide an insight to WHO created this work and WHY. Everything that I do, whether it is school work, photoshoots, or blog posts, I try to put my own thoughts, ideas, and values into it. What you learn and view through my work is based on my own personal experiences. So, this is me!
Image curtesy of the talented Holly McMurter Photographs
I've decided to try to keep my posts as real as possible, focusing on topics that I am passionate and invested in. One of these is the work I do for my Master's (and hopefully Ph.D.) degree. Whenever I am on photoshoots, my clients always give me the shocked "Oh really??" when I say that photography is only my part time job, and I am actually a full-time student. I am one of those "odd" people who LOVE school. I started my undergraduate Kinesiology degree thinking I would go into physiotherapy or become a doctor, but soon realized that I love research and academia. So, as time has progressed, I have decided to continue to work in healthcare, but focus on more of the "big picture" issues that are present today.
Presenting at conferences, such as ECSEPS, and feeling like an adult
One of the most prevalent issues that I am interested in is mental health in the elderly population. After working at a retirement home for two years, this issue became increasingly apparent. Important News flash: Depression and loneliness is NOT a symptom of aging. Getting older does NOT mean you have to be inactive, sad, or alone. I hope to continue to bring recognition and support to this issue, through more education and related career.
To let you know why I am so passionate about this topic, I want to introduce to you two very important men in my life. My most wonderful grandfathers (pictured above) are huge influencers in the work I want to do in my future. I spent a year living with my dad in Gananoque, and my paternal grandpa lived with us as well. We had many talks about life, death, and what it means to get old. While staying positive about getting old can be hard, I was always impressed with his openness and honesty. As a 23 year old, who wants to study the elderly population, the "age difference" poses a potential barrier. How can I advocate for this population if I have yet to experienced it? The discussions with my grandpa really gave me a personal perspective into growing old. My other grandpa, who lives in Newfoundland, was a huge influence on my passion for writing. This man is a author of multiple books, and is always creating new projects in the small town of St. Anthony, Newfoundland. His continues to pursue new adventures and learn new skills, even at the age of 83.
And so, with this in mind, I want you all to know something. It is projected that by the year 2041, seniors will have the highest rate of mental illness in Canada (CMA, 2016). With the baby boomer population, the percentage of people over the age of 65 is growing. However, depression in the elderly population receives a high level of stigmatization and lack of engagement from the general public. I want to change this. Whether is it through my work as a researcher, the pictures I take, or the blogs I write, I want everyone to know how important mental health is. No matter what you do in life, take care of yourself, and others.
As I finish this post, I hope you learned a little bit more about me, the lady behind the lens! I encourage you to always pursue your interests and passions. Just because it doesn't seem practical, or "the right time", to do something doesn't mean you can't do it. My photography business AND this blog started at 1am one random night, where I couldn't sleep, so I tried something new instead. And while my passion for my career lies in mental health, geriatrics, and healthcare... I have learned from my studies that having a hobby and doing what you love is JUST as important as having a job. I am lucky enough to be immersed in a topic I love, while continuing my other interests. There's no one stopping you from finding something that makes you truly happy, and once you get started you will be surprised how easily new ideas come. And I hope that you will be as lucky as I have been to receive amazing support from so many friends, family, and strangers.
Follow your passion,
Well, hello there! Thanks for joining me on my page. This is first crack at a blog post... so here we go!
Lately, I have been amazed with how many of my friends, family members, peers, and co-workers have become entrepreneurs. Starting your own business is hard (trust me, I've had my fair share of issues), and I am SO happy to see local businesses thriving.
One wonderful woman, who is a total boss babe, is my friend Anna. Anna and I have known each other since elementary school, and even 10 years later I can still remember how blown away I was with her artistic skills. Now, many years later, here I sit writing about not one, but TWO, businesses this girl has started!
Nearing the end of her undergraduate degree at Queen's University, Anna started "Lettering by Rose", a hand-lettering business that includes custom artistic creations using brush painting, embossing, watercolour, and digital hand lettering. Her talents quickly took notice throughout the area, and many other local businesses now have her pieces hanging on their walls. Her unique custom touch to each piece is refreshing, and makes each project personalized and special. As someone with little artistic ability (I can BARELY draw stick people), I am in awe of her work.
Two projects Anna created for me. Check out more of her work HERE
Not too long ago, Anna started her SECOND business, the Autumn Rose Project. Creating her own personalized design, Anna dropped her "Go Out Side" clothing line, debuting a embroidered t-shirt, beanie, sweatshirt, and phone case. Her clothing line is influenced by a love for the outdoors and exploring, reflecting her own passions and values.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot images for her new line. With her school friends as models, we shot at a local coffee shop, "The Brake Room", and then took the fun outside. It was cold, and there were a few moments I thought someone was going to fall in a river, but in the end we were able to capture her beautiful work. Please enjoy more pictures below, and don't forget to get outside!
Go check out more her wonderful work at www.autumnroseproject.com