Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Big Life Changes

April 28, 2012

Lots of major life changes lately. First of all, Mark proposed with a gorgeous antique diamond and sapphire ring. It is so unusual…I love it!! Here’s a self-portrait we took moments after he popped the question (would you expect anything less from two photographers?!). The very next day, I ran out and bought some navy blue nail polish to go with my fancy new ring. Lol. After documenting other people’s wedding stories for over 12 years, we will finally have our own wedding story to tell. Now the big question is, who will shoot our wedding…..?  😉

The other major change is…I am going to be an art & photography teacher! Mark actually proposed while I was in the middle of my teaching practicum at Argyle Secondary.  Through the course of my practicum I realized that the more I learnt about teaching photography, the more I learnt about my own personal creative processes. It’s perfect: The more I teach, the better the photographer I become…and the better the photographer I become…the better the teacher I become. This is what I was meant to do.

I am realizing how supportive and collaborative the teaching community can be and how satisfying it is to ignite bright new minds. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and is helping me find new joy in my own work. Here’s a drawing that one of my students left in my notebook on my last day at school. It makes me feel loved and reaffirms why I am entering this profession. I am looking forwards to teaching during the school year and shooting weddings in the summer!

Thank you

November 11, 2010

Wow….another wedding season has come and gone. Just before I settle down to the calmer winter months, I just want to send out a big “Thank You,” to Lise & Jeff, Jan & Jeremy, Nicole & Jim, Nina & John, Kristjana & Chris, Jenn & Brad, Lindsay & Bruce, Melanie & Morgan, Allie & Mike, and Emily & Corey. Thank you so much for letting us in to your lives and allowing us to be a part of such an intimate & special day. Mark and I feel honored.

…And of course, I cannot forget to send an extra special thank you to Mark: “Thank you for your patience and your willingness to do whatever it takes to help me get the best shot. I couldn’t do this without you. I love you!” Here’s a shot of the man himself while we were location scouting in Charlottetown:

 

Artists For Kids 20th anniversary

May 7, 2010

Artists for Kids is a fantastic extra-curricular program which provides a variety of art enrichment classes for high school  and elementary students on the North Shore.  I was fortunate enough to be a part of this program back in high school and was very excited to become a part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration. Twenty alumni were selected for a group show to help celebrate the 20 year legacy of Artists for Kids.  It was so exciting to see my prints in three by three foot format! Here are my  selections for the show:

Thanks so much to the three couples; Ally & Erin, Erika & Ian, and Frank & Georgia.  Love to you all!

Thank you!

November 29, 2009

My 2009 Wedding Season is over, and I just want to send out a thanks to all my fabulous clients! Thank you for sharing your lives with me, it was an absolute honor.

I also wanted to thank my lovely, bearded, assistant and the love of my life, Mark Roberts.  Thank you for all your support  and calm presence. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.

I am looking forwards to an exciting wedding season in 2010.  See you all soon! Love, Jen. xoxo

Life Goes On…

June 7, 2008

Whether my family & friends like it or not…I’m always there with my camera, documenting things. That’s just how I experience life…and in the past few weeks, I have been witness to some major life moments; the passing of my Grandmother, the birth of a friend’s first child, and my little brother’s graduation from Mt. Allison University. Here are three snippets of life, at three very different stages;

In loving memory of Daisy Ireland….

The welcoming of Felix Pringle Harpur….

…and condradulations to Jono Echols!!

Tofino, 2008

May 15, 2008

I’m a North Shore native and just went to Tofino for the first time in my life with a fantastic group of women!! I can’t believe I’ve never been there before…it’s a photographer’s dream.  Here is a collection of some of the things I saw….

Wonderful Women in Southern Spain

March 25, 2008

I managed to flit off to Spain for a week to spend with my mother, my childhood Scottish friend and her mother. It was a wonderful weekend of female bonding and laughter with long-lost friends. It had been 16 years since all four of us were in the same place….we’ll have to do this more often. 🙂 Here are a few snap shots from me playing around with my trusty old Nikon FM2:

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Textures…..

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Light…..

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Pottery Show & Tell

February 6, 2008

I think this week I am going to indulge a little and play show & tell…just like the good old days back in Kindergarten! 🙂

About a year ago I took up pottery as a new creative outlet (Over the past 25 years, I’ve tried just about every medium under the sun) and I have fallen in love with it! It’s just so wonderfully tactile & physical…for me it’s a beautiful creative balance against the two-dimensionality of photography. I took a few shots during a recent Raku firing, and I’ve scanned a couple of my latest works to share with you all.

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Sackville Fall 2007

November 4, 2007

After another hectic summer, I decided to escape this October to a small town in New Brunswick to take a breather and re-connect with some very special friends & loved ones.  Sackville, host to Mount Allison University, is actually where I did my Fine Arts Degree and first discovered my passion for photography. I really missed the slow-paced, easy-going nature of the east coast and just spent my time re-charging and re-connecting with my roots. It was a very peaceful time for me, and I just thought I’d share a little but of that with you all. 🙂

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I arrived at peak season for the fall colors and was blown away by all the reds, yellows and oranges.  I decided to do a little experimenting with a film technique called cross-processing.  What you do, is you take slide film (positive transparency film) and you develop it in negative film chemistry….and you wind up with punchy, high-contrast images. It’s a relatively un-predictable technique, but I’m quite happy with some of the results.   

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Toy Cameras in Alabama

September 14, 2007

This is my happy place where I like to go in the summer….Dog River, Alabama.  I spent 5 blissful days this August lying in a hammock, reading a book, listening to wind chimes and watching fish jump out of the river.  Just thought I’d share a bit of this peace with y’all.

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I decided to give all of my expensive gear a break from the humidity and brought down an arsenal of toy cameras to play with instead.  They added such a care free element to my shooting…a fantastic feeling to just let go of technical control & allow room for “happy accidents.”

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