I’m sorry

Something happened a few weeks ago that made work incredibly difficult. Working on photos from home wasn’t bad but social media became impossible. I didn’t want to write about it because it wasn’t business related but it has become related by affecting the way I’ve run things these past few weeks.

Three weeks ago a friend passed away. We’ve had time to prepare because he was given a few months to live four or five years ago but that, that didn’t seem to help anyone. I honestly didn’t expect it to get to me very much. He was a great man, that’s not it, it’s just…it’s just hard to explain.

All of a sudden I didn’t want to talk to people or have anyone touch me. And I couldn’t focus on anything any more. Being happy – or at least pretending to be – by sharing photos on Facebook or Instagram and writing a blog post was hard to even wrap my mind around. For some reason I’ve also felt like I wasn’t close enough to him any more to be affected so strongly. So, I haven’t been saying much about it to anyone. But I know that’s kind of silly. And, to be honest, things still aren’t great for me. I’m not sure why exactly. I just can’t snap out of it. I’m pretty sure it’s by the grace of God that I’ve had the focus and strength to finish editing photos and to be present and professional while on location. It’s definitely not by my own strength.

I know I don’t have to say sorry for not being present on social media but, I am. I’m sorry that I haven’t been my usual self and that things like this happen to people. I’m sorry if you’re hurting and going through something right now. I’m sorry that life doesn’t seem fair sometimes and that there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it. Im sorry.

“Instead of asking ‘Why?’ try asking ‘What now?'” – Jeff Crozier (possibly in more elaborate words but that’s how my brain translated it)

Ashlée

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Bettcher Family

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I would like to introduce you to the Bettchers. You may have already seen them in my last post. I got a last minute call to do a family photo shoot at Idlewild Park over Thanksgiving weekend. Little did I know most of the family didn’t know either but it went perfectly! The kids were happy, the adults got involved, and the photos turned out great! I can’t say much about this family because I don’t know most of them. The couple I do know, however, are incredible. They are friendly, supportive, hard working, caring, and involved in their community. Their children are sweet, smart, and have big hearts. It was a pleasure taking these photos for them.

 

Wedding and more family photos to come!

Ashlée

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Family Photos

I love taking photos at random moments during photo shoots. You never know what you’re going to get. Many are absolutely horrible and you don’t want to let your client see them but sometimes they’re just fun. Everyone getting into position, making sure they look good, or goofing around before looking good for the photo. To me that’s them looking good. Them being themselves. The true family.

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Ashlée
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And so it begins (the next part anyway)

I have made so many phone calls and sent so many emails this week trying to find the people who were recommended for this project. I have a half a dozen interviews set up for the next week and then a dozen the following two.

I’m very excited to be leaving my desk and meeting people but this is the make it or break it part. The part that isn’t only based on me but still is. I need to be a fantastic interviewer with the right questions, the quick mind and then get the perfect photo.

Yipes!

Here I go,

Ashlée

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Recommendations

Short post today because all I’ve been doing for days is going through the list of recommendations for Mountains of Personality. I am overwhelmed by the amount of people that have been recommended for this project. Some of the names I know but many I don’t. I’ve been trying to go through the list of names and narrow it down but there are just so many people! I didn’t expect this many so I don’t have a narrowing down process. It’s been a lot of looking up names, trying to get contact information, making phone calls, and just going full Nancy Drew all over this list. But I don’t feel like I’m making it very far.

Wish me luck!

Ashlée

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Interviews

Well, I’ve received 70+ responses to the survey and now it’s time to start interviewing people. My plan is to visit the farther communities first so that I have less travelling to do in the snowy months.

I’m still excited to do this project but I’m also very nervous. I’m not only nervous to interview people or about the fact that I have to introduce myself to a ton of people and explain what I’m doing. I’m also nervous about representing people, taking good photos and putting it all together well. I’m not good with unknowns and right now, right now there are hundreds.

First step? Make one phone call and get the ball rolling.

Wish me luck!

Ashlée

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Vancouver Island Music Festival

For the past two years I have joined my mother in volunteering at the Vancouver Island MusicFest (VIMF). She is the backstage coordinator for all six stages and I mainly help at the Instrument Lockup and Schleppers tent. Together (I mainly just ask her a bunch of questions and then do what she tells me to) our team makes sure every musician is where they need to be, all instruments are safe or given to the right people, and all stages have the gear they need. It’s a very long weekend of camping in a tent city, very long days, short nights, and never ending music.

One thing I definitely take advantage of while I’m there is my backstage access. I am able to take photos backstage of a majority of the acts. Serena Ryder, The Trews, Enter the Haggis, Darlingside, 54-40 and so many more. While I don’t do anything with the photos really, they are great to have for myself. Stage photos are one of my favourite types to take and it’s really nice to take a break from taking photos for others.

Even though MusicFest was a couple months ago I wanted to share some photos I took.

Hope you’re all having a great week!

Ashlée

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