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Hello 2019!

Here I am, on the first day of 2019 updating my blog I AM ON IT.

In 2018 my goal was to be more present in photographs, and I plan to do more of that this upcoming year. I also have more creative projects in the works, especially personal creative work, while I sort out my counselling practice as well. 2018 has been a year of such creativity, growth and change that I’ve been lucky enough to take much of December to just reflect on how I want to move forward with my business and counselling practice and what that might look like. So I guess my goal for 2019 is for more of that, but balanced with just a few more naps than last year.

In the meantime, I’m super excited to say that 2018, with all the creativity, the beauty, art-making, triumphs - and yes, even with the losses, was magical, powerful, and full of growth. It was everything I hoped it would be, and I’m ready for all the awesome stuff 2019 will bring.

Thanks for following along with me this past year, trusting me to photograph you, and making art with me.

Sarah

This graphic of my face posted much bigger than expected, I’ll be honest.

This graphic of my face posted much bigger than expected, I’ll be honest.

This Summer

Hi friends! 

This summer has been a whirlwind, and I feel like I'm just getting a break for a second to say hi, how's it going, here's a blog post, I need a nap. 

I graduated with my Masters in Counselling, Jamie and I moved into a tiny 70 year old house with a beautiful apple tree (and a cantankerous giant raccoon we've named Marge), and last weekend my brother got married to one of my most favourite people in the universe, Brittany. 

I also said goodbye to my dear cat Jax, a little orange floofball who travelled to B.C. with me way back in 2006. I miss him. 

Things are settling down a bit post-wedding, so Jamie and I are able to start unpacking, and I'm taking a little bit of downtime for me, too. I have a session tomorrow, and sessions this weekend, but after that I'll be taking a bit more time to just move into this house before the weather turns too cold (it's coming, it really is). 

Here are a few photos from the last few months, I hope they've been lovely for you all, too! 

(And a quick reminder: we're still taking sign ups for the 24 hour portrait project!) 

 

 

Photo shoots with Audra and Jennifer Marie, a Mary Rose, my mom and brother, Mary being fed by her cousin, my mom modelling the veil we made from crepe paper at Brittany's shower, a beautiful bird at the Kangaroo Farm. 

Photo shoots with Audra and Jennifer Marie, a Mary Rose, my mom and brother, Mary being fed by her cousin, my mom modelling the veil we made from crepe paper at Brittany's shower, a beautiful bird at the Kangaroo Farm. 

Connor chilling in our back stairwell, me and my bestie hanging with Tim McGraw in Merritt, a capybara done with visiting, and Mellers at Gray Monk Winery, Kelowna. 

Connor chilling in our back stairwell, me and my bestie hanging with Tim McGraw in Merritt, a capybara done with visiting, and Mellers at Gray Monk Winery, Kelowna. 

My mom's school retirement party, Miss Mary, my dad and Mary, Chillin' with Kali, Jennifer Marie and baby Kash, Connor in our backyard, me and my Jax who passed in June <3 I miss him so much. 

My mom's school retirement party, Miss Mary, my dad and Mary, Chillin' with Kali, Jennifer Marie and baby Kash, Connor in our backyard, me and my Jax who passed in June <3 I miss him so much. 

Kiddos playing at the rehearsal dinner, Connor, Beans glaring outside, my little cousin Lilia, Gwynne Vaughan orchard ground apples, my beautiful cousin Melissa, all of us hanging out before they head to the island.&nbsp;

Kiddos playing at the rehearsal dinner, Connor, Beans glaring outside, my little cousin Lilia, Gwynne Vaughan orchard ground apples, my beautiful cousin Melissa, all of us hanging out before they head to the island. 

My little Mary Muffin, my mom and Connor at Brad's wedding, my love looking sharp, and Brad and Brittany's first dance.&nbsp;

My little Mary Muffin, my mom and Connor at Brad's wedding, my love looking sharp, and Brad and Brittany's first dance. 

2018, New Year New Website!

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It felt time to do a big spring clean and relaunch this website, and I'm so ready for it - there are still some things I need to tweak (I know the galleries are huge! - I'm working on figuring those out for sure!) I'm constantly changing and growing as an artist, and I'm really excited to be able to update the portfolio with some of my more recent work, and current editing. I hope that they really highlight how much I love colour, candid moments, telling stories, and making portraits of rad people.

More updates to come over time, but first, this week I'll be working hard like a champ on my thesis. It's a huge project, but I'm so excited about all the different elements of it, especially because it's a photo essay. I've been doing a ton of reading for it, and I feel like my brain is full of so much inspiration - I really can't wait to get deeper into all of it. To do this, one thing I've decided to do is go away for a few days once a month for the next few months. Some space that's totally neutral, quiet, and hopefully tucked away in nature somewhere. I did this in January, and it was so helpful, so I'm going to continue this trend, and just keep writing away in the woods like I'm Bon Iver. 

Speaking of - I've slowly started to add more personal work to my portfolio, including an ongoing series called "Spaces I Called My Own", all about revisiting places I remember from when I was a kid, and photographing them through the presence of adulthood. It's on the back burner for now, but I'm excited to get back to work on it.

The project came from this yearning to revisit old familiar places, and recognizing that sort of melancholy feeling that came with realizing I didn't quite belong in them anymore. I've moved a fair amount throughout my life, and I tend to get an urge to travel once or twice every couple of years - almost always somewhere in Canada, almost always somewhere I've been before. Trips back would always include visiting places like my old street and school in Saskatoon, my neighbourhood in Thunder Bay, and even this summer, my old high school before it closed for good. It's really surreal heading back to these places - you feel the overwhelming tug of the past with your feet planted firmly in the present. 

I hope you all love this website refresh - once I get this chapter done for my thesis my next step will definitely be my packed and cluttered office.

For now, I'm going to head to bed with a podcast & tea! Email responses and invoices heading out late tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

November Updates!

Hey friends! 

I'm a fantastic photographer, but I'm a terrible blogger. 

Some of my December & January goals are to overhaul this website and do some much needing updating to the portfolios, galleries, and this section - but for now, I'm editing into the wee hours and planning beautiful shoots, and writing my thesis - all while holding an old, grumpy cat on my lap. 

I have SO MUCH to show you guys, and I'm really excited about all of it - you can see some of it on my Facebook page and my Instagram, which I update a lot more frequently! 

(Model pictured: Corissa VH)

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