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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Long weekend

Not only was it a long weekend in the sense that Monday was a holiday – totally thought yesterday was Sunday so didn’t blog at all – but it was also long because I had two last minute bookings. Last Wednesday I got a call from a bride saying her photographer fell through and she was getting married on Sunday! I felt so bad for their situation but seeing as I also knew who the bride was and the groom and I go back a couple decades I was so happy to be a part of it. The other shoot was a last minute family booking. 13 people, many of them very adorable children. We played at a park for an hour and I captured them as they went around having fun.

It was a wonderful weekend full of work and family for Thanksgiving but I’m definitely in need  of a day off. Unfortunately, that won’t happen anytime soon because it’s straight to work calling, emailing, and finding the people on my list to interview. My first two interviews occur this week and then the project is going to be officially started. So far it has felt very on hold but this, this might be it!

Now I have hundreds of photos to go through, happy clients, and so much more to blog and share so I must be off.

See you soon!

Ashlée

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Guedes Family

170719_Guedes WM_031While I was on the coast I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family. They are three strong and beautiful women. The shoot was focused around the two daughters who seemed more than excited to take photos with me. 170719_Guedes WM_009We went to a lovely beach on Salt Spring Island and started with one at a time. They chose where they wanted to go on the beach for their solo photos and were absolutely adorable!

Haylee, the youngest, chose some rocks heading from the water to a cliff. We didn’t go climbing but she gingerly walked across small crevasses and then stood there smiling at me. She started playing with her hair and giggling – and wouldn’t stop! Haylee is so gentle and sweet.

Haylee’s older sister, Aby, chose to go climbing. We went off across some logs and into the trees. She climbed a hill and grabbed a stick in a fighting stance. She moved so fast while telling these amazing stories about school, 170719_Guedes WM_013her family, her summer, and her dad that I had to be precise about when I took the photos or I had her eyes closed or mouth wide open. She is such an incredibly animated and intriguing soul.

There was absolutely no arguing when it came to the photos of them together. “The fence!” followed by “Can we climb the tree?!” As I took their photos I couldn’t believe how much they look like their parents. At one point when I asked them to tell me an embarrassing story about their mom they looked at each other with these mischievous smiles just like I’ve seen their parents do in the past. Sitting in front of me was Sandy and Travis.170719_Guedes WM_024Being able to take these photos meant so much to me. I’m not sure if I can explain why, except, because I love them. 170719_Guedes WM_036Ashlée

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Brett

170629_Brett_001Brett Austin is part of Mt. Baker’s Class of 2017. Our time together was short but during that time I could see how much the people in his life mean to him – and vice versa. His family was gushing about him before he got there and he made sure to get a photo with each person separately.

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It was very heartwarming to see such an incredible group of people supporting, encouraging and loving him. Standing behind him and being there for big moments – good and bad. I could really tell that each one of these people has been there for him as he’s grown into a very sweet young man.

Congratulations on graduating from high school, Brett. Good luck with your coming choices of school and career that you mentioned to me. You have a very kind heart and I think you will be wonderful at anything you choose. 170629_brett-blog_001.jpg

Ashlée

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Jennifer

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The other day I had the pleasure of taking photos of this lovely lady. I met her because a friend of her’s bought her a voucher for a photo shoot. She was an absolute delight to take photos of! She is a very kind and happy woman.

Jennifer is a Paralympic swimmer. She dedicates hours of her day training either swimming or at the gym.

She told me that people say she’s a very positive person which I definitely agree with. At one point she said to me, “I’m always smiling….life’s too short to always be serious.” 170629_Jennifer_032

 

If you’d like to know a little bit more about her Paralympic journey here is a video you can watch. It’s filmed in 2014 and talks about the 2016 games but Jennifer is now working toward Tokyo 2020. You can also find more about her at this Facebook Page.

Good luck with the qualifiers Jennifer!

Ashlée

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What do you think?

I’m in need of some help and you might be the one to help me! I have been working on my Website, Facebook, Instagram and Blog to make them more attractive and user friendly. This is, however, hard to do without input from multiple people. I’m asking friends, family, clients, and strangers to take a look at my sites to critique and give advice. I want to know what flows, what doesn’t work, what is missing, what’s good, and what there needs to be more of. I want personal opinions from a wide arrangement of people.

You can reach me on here, message me on Facebook, or message me from my website (click on “Contact Me” on the menu bar).

I greatly appreciate your participation,

Ashlée