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I don’t often get to photograph many Winter weddings, but I imagine that when the decision is made to have a Winter wedding here in Canada, the hope is that it will snow and feel all the more magical.  Well this is exactly how it unfolded for Mareena and Shane.  The snow started and it just kept on coming that whole weekend.  They were married in the Kootenays at the beautiful Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  The day was relaxed and fun just like this gorgeous couple.  xox

Make Up by the lovely Saara Labib

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Meeting Aj has been a huge source of inspiration for me.  It was mid-summer when we met and about an hour’s drive from my place to hers.  The drive was absolutely beautiful and I remember being so curious along the way about the project that Aj would be sharing with me that morning.  Aj is a mixed-media artist who specializes is multi-media collage and metal works.  She was in the beginning stages of creating a huge installation piece that was to go up in the Satellite Space of the Kelowna Art Gallery, which is located in the Kelowna International Airport.

I always enjoy paying full attention to how I feel when I walk into someone’s creative space and meet them for the fist time.  My initial feeling or impression that I got when meeting Aj was her strength of personality.  She was confident and secure.  As she welcomed me in and we got settled into her studio, she began pulling out these giant hearts and the materials she was using to create them.  Wow! I saw then, one could not be timid or hesitant to come up with such an impressive concept.  Each heart was at various stages of completion.  Metal.  Canvas. Tree branches.  Paper.  Wool.  Super8 Film Reel.  Cloth.  7 individual hearts, made up from 7 unique materials.  It was very impressive, to say the least.

Aj continued to share with me the story of this beautiful and mighty art project which she titled “Wanderlust” and how it evolved, layer by layer in her own heart.  She also shared little bits about her own art journey.  I soon began to see the parallels between the two.  Aj has that striking strength and confidence like the metal she fashions as well as a playful and colourful side, like the bright wooly heart.  She is smart, with a depth of insight that she’s learned over the years but remains grounded and so comfortable to be around, like the heart formed from the tree branches.  Her story like a reel of film, is one of curiosity and courage and she has inspired me to always be learning, always be trying new things and to be fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.

Today the HEART is honoured as it is Valentine’s Day, and what a perfect day to share with you Aj and her heart.  Her exhibit is up now at the Kelowna Airport and will be showing until May 8th 2017.  I encourage you to check it out if you have the opportunity.  It is well worth the trip.  You can find out all about Aj Jaeger on her website at angelikajaeger.com  Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s!!!  xoxoxAnd now, for the always fun and surprising element of the series, my double exposed 35mm film photos.  This first one here is a favourite.  Love the colours that the layers produce. 

 

 

“Nothing is worth more than laughter.  It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself.  To be light…”  ~ Frida Kahlo ~Selena Sced is the lovely creator behind SS Studios.  Before I even met Selena, I fell in love with her style.  You see her studio is located at the Ellis Art Studios here in Kelowna and about a week or so before meeting Selena I happened to be getting a little tour of the Ellis Studios with another artist.  Selena wasn’t in at that moment but when we came up to her space, I quickly poked my head into her studio to have little peek and in those few seconds felt instantly drawn to her and couldn’t wait to meet her in person.  Selena’s space was bright and fresh.  It felt alive.  It was full of colour.  It felt happy, like the sun was shining within those four walls.  When I finally got to meet Selena in person, it all made sense.  When she speaks, she smiles.  It’s like there is a constant twinkle in her eyes.  She is calm.  She is warm.  She is like the sunshine.

Selena is a woman of many talents.  She is a potter, a painter and a print artist.  Upon meeting her I had basically zero knowledge of printmaking, and all of the steps it entailed.  There are a number of different categories of printmaking.  Some techniques being more traditional than others.  Selena decided to demonstrate a technique called Chine-collé, which is a printing technique in which paper of a different colour and texture is actually bonded (not just glued) to the print.  This was a process I had never seen or even heard of before, to be completely honest.  Like many of the art forms I’ve been learning about through this series, it is one with many many steps involved in order to make just one final piece, a print in this case.

Selena is inspired by people, nature and travel.  She was blessed with an opportunity to spend a month in Mexico being mentored by a local print artist.  What an amazing experience that would’ve been.  She returned home not only with more practical knowledge but with a wealth of inspiration as you can well see in her work.

Upon reflecting on my time with Selena it really sunk in that all these pieces of art that you see here and anywhere really, are little pieces of the one who created it.  I suppose that kind of goes without saying, but for some reason it became so clear to me after my visit with Selena.  Whenever I see her pottery for instance, it reminds me of her.  When you don’t have the opportunity of spending time with the artist, that element is missed.  But all of the artists that I’ve met in this series, remind me of their art.  The feelings I feel when I am with them are the same feelings I get from their art.  The same spirit that lives in the artist lives in the art.  It’s pretty fascinating when you think about it.

My visit with Selena shows only the tip of a huge creative iceberg of beautiful works of art.  Her pottery which we didn’t end up focusing on is so lovely.  You’ll love it.  You must check out her website at SS Studio to see a full gallery of all of her work.  For now though I hope you enjoy this little window into SS Studio’s creative process.Here below are some of the double exposed photos that I took with my 35mm film camera while visiting Selena.  I really love how they turned out.  To me they have a gentle feel about them.  The vibrancy of colour being slightly muted with the double exposure.  You just never know how they’re going to turn out but so far I’ve always been pleasantly surprised!!!

  • February 10, 2017 - 5:04 pm

    Judy Challis - Love the article. But as Selenas Mom I sm kind of biased!!!! I was going to send your article and pics to some family members (who are not on Facebook) but do not seem to be able to copy?? Is this a copyright issue???ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    Barbara Sced - Great article and such wonderful photography.ReplyCancel

I consider it such an honour when past wedding clients contact me to come photograph them again, but this time because the two have become three.  Welcome little baby Fiona.  Only two weeks old when I met her. xox

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  ~ Georgia O’Keeffe ~Like the majority of the artist’s that I’ve been meeting through this series, Christine’s studio was located at her house.  The minute I walked in, I felt at home.  She has a very comfortable and gentle spirit about her.  I unpacked my gear while we chitchatted.  Christine’s paintings were full of energy and colour.  She had a few pieces hanging in her living room,  so before leading me downstairs to her studio she began telling me a little about each piece.  Christine’s process is a deep one.  It’s meaningful.  It’s playful and it’s healing.  It’s as if her paintings are her journals.  I could sense she had a strong connection to them.  As I listened to Christine tell me the stories that each canvas held, I was so inspired by the relationship she had with painting.

I like to ask each artist that I visit what inspires or compels them to paint and create.  Christine is often inspired by the relationships she has with others, as well as the array of emotions that people, especially those close to her, might be going through at various stages in their lives.  Like for instance, the loss of someone close to her.  Or the excitement when a close friend is having a baby.  It’s these memorable moments in life that will move her to paint.

When we were done photographing the paintings that were displayed around her home she brought me down to her studio/garage.  It was a nice long space that she had painted all white except for the floor, which she let catch the beautiful excess of colour.  The floor itself was a piece of art.

There were two distinct styles that I saw in her art.  One style had a more intuitive process.  They were full of colour and movement and flow.  She poured her paint and moved it around.  She worked with the paint, letting it take control at times.  There was mystery in how these paintings were going to turn out.  While the other style was quite opposite of that.  They were more modern and graphic in style.  They were striking portraits.  Her process for those pieces were completely different.  They held more structure. They were planned out.  These two very different processes that she had, seemed to create a sense of balance in her creative life.

Our visit was short and sweet and I left feeling inspired.  Inspired to, whenever possible, seek out the stories behind the art that I come across.  Inspired as well, to look for the stories that might be hiding within my own art.

I invite you now enjoy the lovely Christine and her beautiful art and please visit her website as well.  It’s a really great site!  www.christinedelong.com

This whole Artist series that I’ve been doing, has had many unplanned little moments of serendipity.  Moments I’ve been calling magic.  It happened again here with Christine’s session.  Christine shared with me that when her Grandfather, who was also an artist, passed away not too long ago, she had been given his paint brushes and all of his unfinished paintings.  When I heard that, it gave me… not so much as a chill, but a rush of something inside and my arm hairs stood up. Wow!! What a special gift.  And I thought to myself, I have to remember to ask her when we get into her studio which brushes were her Grandpa’s so I could get a photo of her with them.  Well by the time we went downstairs to her studio I got distracted with everything and totally forgot to ask her.  It completely slipped my mind until I was already back home.  SHOOT! Oh well, I thought.  It is what it is, but I was pretty disappointed.  So then when Christine saw the little “sneak peak” on my facebook pg of one of the double exposed photos I had taken of her, she emailed me right away and said she loved the way the one with her Grandpa’s brushes turned out.  The one with her hands in the background.  Another little rush of something ran through me.  It’s these unplanned, unexpected moments of things feeling exactly right.  When everything feels connected.  Like little gifts from above.  Below are some of those double exposed film photos from our session.  Here’s the one with her Grandpa’s brushes.