December 29, 2010

last november when I had the vague idea that i wanted to do a "365 project"  in 2010 i came across a blog of a lady who was just finishing hers.
she was reflecting on her year a gave some recommendations that solidified  my resolve and helped me tremendously. i thought i would add my two cents to them and send them back out into cyber space for anyone else who is considering the same, along with some of my favorite images from the year. 
1.  Bring your camera – this one seems obvious – but you will be amazed at how many times you will see something that you want to photograph (in the least likely place) and wish that you had your camera!  I  bought a larger bag to stash my camera, wallet in one place
   2.   Shoot in the morning – I learned this quickly when the days are so much shorter in winter.  This is also           key for those days when you are really busy, or you simply can’t bring your camera along –  then your photo for the day is taken care of.
    3.   Photograph your food – You eat every day, why not capture your meal? plate things up a take a quick shot before you sit down to the table.  
    4.   Find others who are doing the same - There are a number of groups on flickr dedicated to a 365 project.  And I can guarantee that there will be a number of photography blogs doing the same.  This will help you become accountable to someone other than yourself.
5.  Don’t set yourself up to fail. This should have been #1.  Honestly, if you feel that this is going to be too much for you, or this upcoming year is going to be a year of change for you (moving, having a baby, etc), why not consider a photo a week project? It’s ok – there is no right or wrong, this is YOUR photography project.
   6.  Get a system in place for uploading your photos. You can use your flickr account, smugmug,  you’ll want a space to show your hard work off! This is a MUST . If you have no place for others to view your work it will soon seem pointless. You will also be surprised and encouraged by the times that you thought you did a ”garbage shot to get it over for the day”  and others love it!
  7.  Be a ruthless with deleting .  You will take far more than one shot on each  day , edit and upload your top pick. Save a web copy and a print quality copy in separate files. ( I grouped 2 month together in a file) and DELETE the rest ,your computer will cluttered and you will feel overwhelmed if you don’t have a system for containing and organizing your project..

  8.  Keep going through the rough times.This is a photography marathon .  Everyshot will NOT be  masterpiece , in fact you will hate LOTS of them. Honestly, this project is UNFORGIVING.  Let me be the first to tell you that in the course of a year:  you WILL get sick, your kids will get sick, you’ll have good days, you’ll have bad days, etc.  Realize that life will happen and be prepared for it.
    9.  Let your friends and family know. Yes, they will figure it out when your camera will seem attached to your body, but if they know that this is important to you, believe me, after a while they will be your cheerleaders, encourage you, and sometimes remind you to take a photo!

December 23, 2010

to everyone who was so gracious to be in front of my camera this year
my family who put up with my 365 project
 all my clients who made this year so memorable
and to all of you who followed along

December 21, 2010

Bradyn and Jesse

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
To make you feel my love
Bob Dylan

the last session of 2010 and definatly my favorite to date
Braydyn and Jesse  , can't wait to do your wedding

bj blog

December 16, 2010

snowday # 2 is underway 
we are full of anticipation
hoping Christian can make it home from university today
here are  a few scenes  from around the house yesterday
snuggle up and stay warm


December 15, 2010

it's a snow day!!!
cuddle up and enjoy
Calder and I are going to do some baking and make the most of it

Bench Monday  - Hibernate

December 08, 2010

i have been knee deep in computer stuff for far to long. i think my switch to mac is now complete and life can go on. now i am definately  ready to  go back to what i love about photography and jump into editing a beautiful engagement session .in the mean time enjoy some more of the beautiful buchan family.



December 01, 2010

"In the bleak mid-winter

Frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone;

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

Snow on snow,

In the bleak mid-winter,

Long ago."

- Christmas Carol

December 1st is here!
i am feeling cosy and loving this wintery day
congrats to nancy bliss , who won my
christmas cheer contest!

November 28, 2010

             since i can't work on my own pictures, i spent the evening gathering  inspiration from others

November 23, 2010


"sugar and spice and everything nice
that's what little girls are made of"
i cannot tell you how much i loved doing this session. taya has been a client of mine a few times and she is always pure sweetness. now that she is a big sister nothing has changed , she is as darling  as ever and her baby sister is to die for.


November 20, 2010

i love tranquil monotone in images and in my house , feels peaceful and clean. these are a few of my favs from this week on flickr.
my week wasn't so peaceful however , it was filled with computer drama , ugh !
i will be switching to mac this week and may drop off the radar for a few days in the process
but i am so excited about all that entails for the future..
Have a lovely weekend.


 check put these inspirational Flickr artists

November 14, 2010

this was my weekend !
so many beautiful pictures i don't know where to start,
 but for now here is a little tease... Bradyn and Jesse






November 13, 2010

looking forward to a fun engagement session and a family dinner ,
hope your weekend had something to look forward to as well.


check out these inspiring flickr artists.

stay tuned i am announcing a Christmas giveaway contest next week!