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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.  Places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”  ~ John Muir~I was super excited to meet the beautiful maker behind Natures My Friend.  Meeting Jessica was like taking in a breath of fresh air.  Her energy is the kind that builds you up and makes you feel so good.  She was another one of the artists that I visited in Kamloops last Fall.  Jessica specializes in printmaking, but is amazing at everything she puts her hand, heart and mind to.  I had kept my whole day open for our visit and I’m so glad that I did, as it was pretty much the whole day that we spent together and it felt too short at that.  Our visit began by her welcoming me into her home which was also part of her creative space.  This is where she did her all of her sketching and drawing, marketing and creative planning.  She also made these rad little buttons and magnets and other various products right there in her home studio.

Jessica has a huge heart for Nature and animals.  It’s the driving force of inspiration behind her art.  As a child, she remembers the time she spent in the woods at her family’s cabin as the place where she felt most at home.  Those feelings that Jessica experienced; that passion and connection to the creatures of the wild; that sense of wonder found only find in Nature, those are the feelings she draws upon when creating.

At the time of our visit, Jessica was in the middle of a 100 day project.  A drawing a day for 100 days.  Each drawing was of an animal.  Before drawing each animal, she would spend time looking deeper into the symbolism of that animal.  Then while drawing it, she would let her mind explore what that animal symbolized, connecting and becoming friends, I imagine, with each beautiful creature.

Jessica had one other very important place of creativity to take me to, the actual printing studio which she shared with a number of other local print artists in her community.  This place was quite the space, full of  huge machines, old and new.  Most of which I had never laid eyes on before.  Once again, I got to know another form of art that entails many many steps to achieve the outcome.  I feel so much appreciation for each artist that shares with me their process.

I adore Jessica and connected immediately with her and her art.  I am happy to say that this visit we had last Fall was the first of many to come and now even more to come still.  I’m so excited to finally share with you our visit and if you’d like to see more of her art and products you can visit her Etsy shop here, Natures My Friend. Enjoy my friends!! xox

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”  ~ John Muir ~ 

One of the things I love about doing my Spring (and Fall) Mini Sales each year, is how it allows me catch up a little with the busy and growing families that I don’t often get to see much of otherwise.  Derek and Rye are right in the thick of parenting their 3 littles, and they’re doing a stellar job at it!!

“I will always lean my heart as close to your soul as I can.” ~Hafiz~This past weekend I had the honor of photographing a renewal of vows between Jessica and John.  It’s only been one year since they first uttered their original vows and exchanged rings, but it was on their hearts to renew the moment and to include a few more personal elements.  Like for instance their beautiful newly fashioned, handmade wedding bands that they had made from Le Lou La.

I’ve photographed a few vow renewals now over the years and I have to say, I am so into them.  In this busy, fast paced world we live in now,  we are faced with so many choices all day.  There are so many things competing for our time.  Being able to steal away with your love, to slow down, to remind yourselves and each other what it is that drew you to one another and why you love them so much and to renew the commitment and promise to each other, is such a beautiful thing to me.  In fact these two have inspired me to do the same.  Thank you both, for trusting me with your day and for being an inspiration.  Congratulations on your first year of marriage and I wish you many many more to come. xox