Artful Impressions – Namaste

It’s been a fun process going through all my previous shoots and image catalogues the last few weeks as I’ve been building the galleries for my upcoming website. I’m finding some gems along the way that I hadn’t given much thought to before. This image – Namaste, was shot almost a year and a half ago. I was doing a fun session with Emily – a fabulous yoga instructor and one of the lovelier subjects I have had the pleasure to work with behind the camera. We did a variety of pose work for her portfolio and some artful work for a project I have been working on and adding to as opportunities come up.

This one is more than a portrait, it emotes a feeling of peace and serenity, and most definitely belongs in the Artful Impressions gallery. Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend. Here in Vancouver it’s sunny and gorgeous, and I’m gonna head out and walk the seawall at Stanley Park with a friend.

Happy weekend, and Namaste!

Artful Impressions – Cocoon

Last Spring I did a maternity session for my sister – she was expecting my nephew anytime at that point and was literally ready to burst. Amongst the portraits I did of her and her husband, I endeavoured to create a couple of unique and “artful” images like the one above for her. I surprised myself with how well it turned out and I’m really proud of this one. With the assistance of a wonderful friend, the title of “Cocoon” was decided for it. It is another unusual image for me, but given it’s unique artful nature, I realized that it too belongs in the gallery of my Artful Impressions.

This is also another image I had submitted to the PPA Western States competition for the PPA. Out of the three images I submitted, it scored the highest, won a Seal of Approval and will be automatically entered into the PPA International Competition this summer. 🙂

Wander-ful Rome

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery— back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.”                – D.H. Lawrence

Although there has been a lag in my posts about Italy – rest assured, I’m not done yet!

I arrived back in Rome from having been in Florence for a few days – both rested and loaded up with creative inspiration from it’s artisan community.

From that point in the trip, I felt like I had flicked a switch internally and surrendered to the creative pressure I seem to have placed myself under. Instead, my focus became one of play, and total curiousity when holding the camera…

Via Delle Quattro Fontane (the street of the four fountains) was a street Shiraine and I wandered down, fell in love with and got completely lost on…we wandered aimlessly, and played photographically in the balmy sunny afternoon…me, indulging in my love for architecture, doors and windows. I still remember that afternoon and evening with a WOW! feeling from it. A seriously amazing city to wander and get lost in…and I want to share some of the photographs that came out of it…

Artful Impressions – Loyally Waiting

This is a bit of an unusual image for me, but one that I feel belongs in this Artful Impressions series I have started. It’s an image that has become one of my favourites.

Last June, as I was in Port Townsend attending the A.R.T. Conference, I happened to attend an antique car show with a few of the other guys from the group…

I did an initial walkabout, and decided, meh, that it wasn’t for me. I bid everyone goodbye and as I was walking out, I passed this truck with the dog hanging out in it. Whoa, full stop – hmmm, well, I’ll stick around if there are dogs in cars I thought….pulled out my camera and stole a few quick images…I don’t know the dog’s name, and the owner wasn’t anywhere in sight, but the dog was a patient, sweet and cooperative subject…his eyes followed my every move, but his body didn’t budge…which was quite a comical site as I walked around the truck a couple times looking for the best angle to photograph from…

Just last week, I received news back from the PPA Western States Competition that this image had earned a Seal of Approval – and that it will also be automatically entered and Merited in the International Competition this coming summer.

Big grin 🙂

Artful Impressions – Gladiolas


Glorious pink Gladiolas – admittedly, I’m a sucker for fresh cut flowers in my home. They add an elegant and understated fresh beauty to a space, and it’s a luxury I am happy to indulge in. I photographed these lovelies last summer from window light in my bedroom.

Now, in the dead of winter, when getting outside to shoot and work on projects consistently gets delayed due to endless inclement weather, yet another new project idea emerges: Still life photography, while practising lighting skills, indoors, then editing and learning new software that allows me to dive into being an artist. Stay tuned for more to come in this series. I’m diving in to work on it this weekend with a friend and can’t wait to see what comes of it!

The website is coming together slowly but surely, we’re in the finishing stages and will soon be merging this blog with my domain name. I’ll make the announcement so you can all move over seamlessly to the new blog home when it happens.