I have officially finished all of my classes at NSCC, apart from my upcoming work term!! There's a sense of nostalgia and relief that I've been experiencing the past few days. I am so excited to start photographing what makes me feel inspired and alive again, but I will miss the sense of community that I had with my fellow classmates. There are so many talented photographers in my class, and what I loved most about that is that we supported each other no matter what.
For our end of the year school trip, the first and second year photography students of NSCC went to River John in Nova Scotia to photograph the town, it's people and cultural history. We spent the day with Linda Reid, a fourth generation River John'er. She introduced us to so many people and showed us River John. We met lobster fisherman prepping for the upcoming season, Sheree Fitch who is a children's author, some baby goats and horses, and much much more! Definitely going to check it out once it starts getting warmer out :)
I was really hesitant to share this photo, but I feel this is one of the actual first 'moments' that I've ever captured. As a photographer, I think it's important to photograph beautiful things and things that inspire you. Photographing real life is also very important. This includes all the highs and lows, the good, the bad and the ugly, true vulnerability, love and fear, gain and loss, the whole spectrum.
While visiting my great grandmother today with my family, we asked her if she would like us to get her some ice cream. Her eyes became the widest they have been in days of being stuck on a hospital bed. She ate so much chocolate ice cream, more than I thought possible!! She loves chocolate so much.
I am so grateful for having a great grandmother that I've been able to spend so much time with over my 21 years of being alive. I will always love her for her extreme stubbornness, her smart-ass wittiness, and her enthusiasm. Can't wait to tell you what ends up happening in Game of Thrones one day!
This has been a crazy 8 months. I would definitely say that even though I've been taking photos for seven years now, I haven't 'become' a photographer until now. Photography and I have been engaged up until now, but now we're married ;)
My commitment to photography has grown a lot and I have discovered what it means to have vision.
Our class (along with the second year students) went to Yarmouth last week to document the town and it's spirit. We went to the lighthouse and the sunset blew my mind. It put perspective on how far I've come but how much farther I have to go, and how important it is to still continue to refine and clarify my vision. I'm super grateful for all the many hands that have helped shape my life!
ahhhh what a super sappy post, but it's how I feel! Now here are the grand plans for May, lots of shooting in-studio, and soon will be owning a new Nikon body!
Shoots for May:
-Artemis with her new crazy straight black wig, incorporating glitter and deer skullz
-My matriarchal lineage: mother, grandmother, great grandmother
-My sister's grad photos
-Possible portrait with fake scars
On top of all of that I am initiating a newsletter to promote studio and gallery co-op places in the city!
Here comes the summmmmerrrr!
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