My beautiful friend Lisa-Michelle’s birthday is this week, she is the best model I have had the experience of shooting so I thought I’d share some old portraits I took of her from 2007? 2008? It feels like yesterday to me even though I know it’s been a long time. I miss shooting her. I mean I get to every time I visit Vancouver which is every 2-3 years but it’s not the same. Before we use to go on adventures and just walk around Vancouver together shooting along the way. Both times I’ve shot her in the last 5 years it felt so rushed, mostly my fault since I try and cram my schedule full when I’m in town visiting. I also haven’t gotten any more use to other people take photos of me (she’s a photographer too) so I feel like I’m letting her down with my terrible posing and permanent awkwardness. There is always next time though, I will have a whole collection of her over the years. These to me are some of my favourite portraits, she is just the best.
Spent so much of my week going for walks and enjoying Montreal while I can before it’s hide-inside-season. This self-portrait was taken at Parc LaFontaine while I was passing by. I was taking photos of the trees as I just love the ever changing colors of the leaves and this tree seemed to have every color imaginable. After a few shots of the tree I decided I wanted to be a part of it and devised this shot. It took a few tries to get one I really like but this feels the most special and is only the 2nd double exposure I shot of the day. I’ve included another one below that I also really like – it’s hard to choose some weeks what photo to feature. Also my inspiration for this week and worth a listen is my wonderful boyfriend’s mixtape. It’s his first one he’s made and he decided to feature only Montreal electronic artists, I think it’s really mellow and perfect for the season!
01/52 Au Natural Self Portrait
I wanted to start my 52 Weeks of Self-Portraits challenge with an au natural photo of myself not wearing any make up or contacts. Me and my camera without any distractions.
Inspiration song:“But how we move from A to B it can’t be up to me ’cause you don’t know
Who I was before you
Basically to see a change in me
I’d be losing, so I just ignore you, yeah
But your on my mind, my mind, my mind, my mind, my mind
But maybe in time, in time, in time
I’ll tell you
A little bit, a little bit
A little bit in love with you
I guess that I’m a little bit, a little bit, a little bit in love with you”
– Drake ‘Little Bit’ (featuring Lykke Li)
“Looking through a broken diamond
To make the past what it should be
Through the ruins and the weather
Capsized boats in the sea
O deserts down below us
And storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun”
–Beck “Paper Tiger”
Portraits of my friend Lisa are some of my favourites. She just has this classic look to her that seems to transition so well to photography. All of these are from 2008 if you can believe it. They were shot with one of my oldest digital cameras, the quality is surprising good considering what I was using. I’ve been looking at a lot of my older photography lately because I am putting up various photographs to my Society6 page to sell for prints. Going through all my photos to find ones I think people will purchase is an odd experience and it also takes a really long time. But it helps when I run across photos that remind me of a really fun afternoon with one of my friends.
Today I am announcing another great and wonderful project for the next year: 52 Weeks of Self Portraits. With my 365 Challenge wrappedup this month I needed a new challenge and since I already post a self-portrait every week it felt natural to start a weekly self-portrait challenge. However the biggest challenge for me is I wanted to make these portraits extra creative and work really hard to make the single self-portrait stand out. I am very excited to start work on this project and have been planning for it since January! I will still be doing my camera profiles but they will incorporated into post days so if you liked those they will still be happening but starting next week you will be seeing a fresh self-portrait that I have taken that very week. I am excited to start this challenge and I have no doubt it will be a challenge as I have weeks were I just don’t want a photo taken of myself. It will be crazy to see 52 self-portraits of myself and see where I am a year down the line. I feel like I change so much, not just my hair but what I am wearing and how I express myself. It feels like a start of an interesting adventure…
I’ve being doing a lot of double exposures this winter as they are really fun during this season since there is so much white space to play around with. It’s hard in some cases like landscape shots but I find doing upside down second exposure is a great work around if you have the sky (ie too much light) in your first shot. If you have never taken an upside down double exposure (no idea if there is some fancy name for this method) it’s exactly what you think it is. You basically take one shot regularly and then flip the camera so it’s upside down for your second exposure. It helps minimize the white space as the ground is now the sky and I find that middle ground area ends up getting really neat geometric patterns in it (great for sunsets). Examples of this are all over these shots, see if you can tell which ones are taken with this method ( I’ll give you a tip – the first one is ). There are a few too many photos today that are kinda the same but I really like all the variations.
I feel like these photos were taken ages ago, although to be fair it was only a month ago. I went a little crazy and ended up with over 200 photos from my trip to Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Fete Des Neiges festival (still haven’t posted photos from the event either). I am so bad about posting photos around the same time I take them because of this – my procrastination for photo sorting is my weakness.
January marks one of the last months of my 365 Challenge, there is only a month and a half left before I’ve completed a year of daily photos! It’s been weird this whole month every time I type the photo number because it’s just so close. This is the first month I used a photo taken on my phone which I think it pretty impressive. Winter is really tough for my 365 Challenge with it being dark from 4pm to 8am every day. It means I don’t have much daylight and I’ve been schedule day shifts at my job all month. I also feel like I’ve hit a wall when it comes to finding something interesting to shoot, which I know isn’t true because there are always amazing things to take photos of but it feels like that. A part of me doesn’t know if I’ll continue this another year. I really want to go out with a bang though so I’ve been really trying the last few weeks to find new things to shoot and break away from the same old same old (honestly though there will always be Butter photos as I take WAY too many photos of her). Next month will be good and January had some really neat shots in it so check out below to see the whole month!
When I started this blog my hope was that I’d have an outlet to show not only my more formal photography like photo shoots and ongoing series of my work but my more daily photography I take and my film photography. I wanted to also provide posts for topics that I looked for myself on the internet like reviews for art books, Etsy stores, toy cameras reviews, and fun silly DIYS and recipes. I never thought it’d become what it is and that I would have so much fun putting it together. Every post is something I am proud of and challenging myself to write reviews and think more critical about the things I love has really added so much to my life. It’s really become more than my photography (which sometimes I have the tendency of hiding away and still kind of do even with this blog) and I enjoy that I’ve been able to add so many elements of my life on here. This year I think my goal is going to be explore more film photography projects and really engrossing myself in the process of film photography as well as continue just having fun. The last year has been amazing, and it’s something I enjoy doing so much even when I am not going to bed at a good time because I am inspired and on a roll or frustrated with my real job getting in the way of my time and energy I want to put towards here. I think just having a place to go to and pour my energy towards has really helped short term with my depression and other issues. Thanks for coming and checking me out whether it was for one post or more (even if it’s a hate read for you because everyone needs one of those). Excited to make it to 1 year, and want to make it another great one!
12 Posts for 12 Months:
The Montreal Mural Festival was a great time, I love graffiti and watching the artist work live was pretty cool. This was my old neighborhood and anytime I go back to visit some of my old haunts I always make sure to walk by all the really cool walls.
I took an obscene amount of photos during our 3 day trip to Prince Edward Island and we were in the car for a total of 24 hours so how I managed that is unthinkable. I post a Vintage Tuesday post with the polaroid shots I took and 4 seperate posts but Lightshouse & Sunsets was my favourite
Thursday is my favourite day, not only do I share photos I’ve taken in the last week of events I’ve been too but I share old photo shoots I’ve done the past. My friend Sarah is an amazing model and we had a lot of fun taking these a few years ago back when we were room-mates.
Self Portrait Sunday has been all over this place but double expousre fun with a kitty mask has to be the winnter. Below is also another black and white double exposure from a series of photos of my friend Brent who visited me from BC.
When it came down to Saturday Review I just couldn’t decided. It’s probably one of my favourite series and I am sad that it’s no longer a post but I guess that happens when you review all your art books, artist postcards and paper doll books in a year (total of 34 posts). There will plenty of artist book reviews for Pick of the Week so it’s not gone away completely as I still buy art books every month. Instead of picking one, I thought I’d just link to them all:
This weekend if you are in Montreal I will be at a craft fair at La Tour Prisme selling postcards and prints of my photography. Come by and say hi, there will be plenty of local artists selling all types of goodies just in time for the holidays. Plus I may just bake some cupcakes if I get the time. It’s my first time having a table at a craft fair so I am very excited and I love going to these types of events and will be probably picking up lots of cute stuff for myself from the other artists (or hint at Victor about Christmas presents). If you aren’t from Montreal and are interested in seeing my postcards or photography prints I also just started running a store over at Storenvy. I don’t have many prints up currently but there are plenty of postcards to choose from. Victor was amazing and helped me design the backs. I am in love with them. It’s really just a chill way for me to spread my work to a broader audience and currently I have all prints on sale as they are older photos from my portfolio. Below are some examples on what you can find…