Friday, January 30, 2009

On location - Month 2

Well what can I say... We've been trying to get together for our outing for over a week and nothings happened. Screw the obstacles I say - I went out by myself today. Chris picked my location and I strapped the camera around my neck fully prepared to get nothing out of today but I forced myself out of the house, because really, why are we paying daycare - ya know?

I ended up at Webster's Falls. It turned into a beautiful day with bursts of sunshine and dramatic skies. I trekked around the park trying to follow other people's footstep so as not to fall down (can you say 2ft of snow anyone?!?) and shot the equivalent of a few rolls of film. I started off taking pictures from one of the look outs when I spotted a small group of people on the canyon floor taking pictures SO CLOSE to the falls that the spray was hitting them. Curious (read: jealous)  I started running down the snowy slope to find my way down there.

It took 5 minutes for me to realize it wasn't going to happen. I wasn't wearing the proper footwear (or a hat & mittens) and the stairs leading down were completely covered in ice. It just wasn't meant to be - today anyways - but that's okay because I plan on going back soon.

On my way back to the car I met a really nice retired guy who lived in the area and spent the better part of an hour telling me the history of the falls and the small town of Greenville, Dundas and Ancaster. He actually told me too much of himself (his house is for sale, getting divorced, moving to Japan... Hi Bruce!) but I enjoyed listening to him go on about all the hidden trails and secret places he played in as a child. Maybe when I go back I can take advantage of some of the stories and incorporate them into my photography.

All in all I had a wonderful day! And surprise surprise, it was all by myself.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Loss of Memory

I feel pretty stupid about this but when typing in the address to this blog, or at least what I thought was the address, I accidentally stumbled upon a blog I created (and subsequently forgot about) from 2006!

Of course I can't remember the user name or password... This feels like the perfect example of my disorganized life.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Do you ever feel like you're on the brink of something? A passion ignited in your belly flares to life after a winter hibernation, and you have no idea what to do with it? 

I have so many ideas right now - floating around in my head. Some of them focus on photography, some on writing. But the more I mull them over instead of just taking action, the more confused I get. Maybe I'm over thinking things and instead I should just DO. It's hard not to be scared though.

Monday, January 19, 2009

No new news

I'm still sick and really don't have much to say. Haven't been out of the house in almost 2 weeks. I hate that feeling... being sick and going outside knowing the world has been going on without you. It's not an ego thing it's just an eerie feeling I get not knowing what happened when I was dead to the world with my illness. I feel very fragile after that first day, almost as if the cold broke me.

So about that holiday. It's confirmed and booked. We are on our way to Whistler at the end of February. Thank you Aeroplan! It paid for the flight and all I have to worry about is the hotel. Did I mention the hot tub on our private patio? I'm packing light but planning on bringing all the camera gear with the hope of having an afternoon to inspire new ideas. The last time we went out I had a hard time getting a crisp pic of the mountains so research will follow soon.

Friday is my next photography group outing. I believe we'll be scouting the Annex.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I need a vacation

I am so sick. Abby is so sick. Chris is working. All creativity is out the window, my thoughts are on surviving the day. 

So our night out in TO... The night itself was good. Our hotel was cozy and we had an awesome room that faced Nathan Philip Square so I could watch the skaters go round & round. Chris had a good time on stage and I was just happy to see some friends. The last few parties we've been invited to I've had to cancel at the last minute because of the weather. My pictures from that night however are another story. I have no experience shooting musicians in such low lighting conditions and I think I need a better lens for the job. I had fun practicing though and I guess that is the point.

Abby started daycare on Thursday, which is where I think she picked up whatever it is that's ailing her. The deal is that I split my time between the two jobs and it worked out - sort of - on Friday with all that crazy weather. I am planning on bringing my camera with me when ever I'm out doing "work" and then I can always take pics on the side.

Anyways, the title still stands. I need a vacation! We have a tentative one planned but not booked for the end of February to head out to Whistler for a few days. Now that should give me some inspiration. Gotta love air miles.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I Have Been Drinking

I am sitting here making new friends and listening to music (City & Colour's "Coming Home" to The Cult's "The Witch" to The Dixie Chicks "Cowboy Take Me Away" to Lenny Kravitz "Black Velveteen"). Is that random enough for you?

I am in this incredible space right now where I want to write and draw and sing. I'm not saying that any of it will be good but it's good enough for me right now to be allowed to have the time to indulge the creative aspect of life. The baby will be committed to daycare for 2 days a week, which gives me some time to develop the photography business - and focus a 9 to 5 perspective on the husbands business. I am excited and hoping that this will solve many problems ;)

Thank God for my family. I love Chris and my mom for giving me this opportunity!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Night Out

I can't believe this but we're actually going out! Chris is sub'ing for a friend as drummer in his band and we're heading out to the Rivoli tomorrow night. Mom is watching the baby and we've a room booked at the Sheraton. I'm sure I won't last past 11pm but I will have a kick ass time trying.

I don't have much experience with nighttime band photography but I will do my best to get a shot or two to post over the next few days. Wish me luck bitches!
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