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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Wagner Wedding

170527_Wagner FB_019-2I had the pleasure of photographing the Hebert/Wagner wedding back in May of this year. It was a small wedding at the St. Eugene Catholic Church. The flowers were beautifully done by MJ’s Floral Boutique, the stained glass gave a beautiful haze of light through the church, and the small crowd of close friends and family kept things personal and intimate.

I didn’t get to know the couple very well before the wedding but enjoyed seeing their special day none the less. I saw two families come together to celebrate love, friends share jokes and try not to cry as they stand witness to the ceremony and a little girl happily watch her father marry her new step mom.

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I’m not busy with many weddings this season but will hopefully get to do more in the future. There is something special about weddings.

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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CBC Interview

I was checking my email and Facebook messages the other day when I noticed I had been contacted by Alya Ramadan from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Kelowna. I called her back and was told that the day’s planning was super busy with the BC wildfires but that she’d like to talk to me the next morning. She said it was about my photography project. I had no idea how she heard about it but I was immensely excited!

Alya called me back the following morning. We talked about the project for a little bit and I guess she decided it was worth mentioning on the radio because she asked if she could call me back that evening to do a live interview! I would be at work but okay-ed it with my boss to step aside for a few minutes to take the call. I thought I’d be so nervous but I was just so excited to talk about this project!

I think it went really well. If you’d like to hear it you can follow this link to the CBC Radio West Page. It should play automatically for you but if things change it was the 4-5pm show on August 2nd. I’m not on until 40 minutes in so feel free to skip forward 😉

There is still time to take the survey if you’d like as well. Simply click HERE

Ashlée

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We need your help!

Remember that project I mentioned a few weeks back? The one I was given a grant for from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Well, it’s time to get the ball rolling! And for that we need a lot of input from people who live in the East Kootenay!

The project is going to focus on people who stand out in the East Kootenay: Cranbrook, Kimberley, Radium, Invermere, Jaffray, Wasa, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, Elko, Canal Flats, Wardner, Moyie, Bull River, Fairmont, and so many places in between. We will be travelling the area talking to and photographing community members and then returning, in the spring, to many of the towns to share the final project.

As someone who grew up in the Kootenays I have a pretty good idea of the towns themselves but my social circles in them are fairly small. I’m definitely going to need help figuring out who should be included in the project. So, I created a survey. This survey is made to give suggestions and lead your mind to think about people in multiple areas of the community. You don’t have to fill in each question or give only one response per question.  It’s also set up so that you can do the survey as many times as you’d like. This way you can give suggestions for multiple towns.

If  you wouldn’t mind, perhaps you could share the survey on any social media, through email, and/or by telling someone about it. I need as many responses as soon as possible to really get an understanding of who to start contacting.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C599Y2K
Link to this blog:
https://ashleedawnblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/we-need-your-help/
(There are also multiple sharing options for this blog at bottom of page)

I am so excited to do this project! There are so many aspects that will be difficult but I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the amazing people that make our area what it is. To follow along as the project progresses you can subscribe to this blog (enter email in box top right of this page) or follow me on Facebook or Instagram

Click here to take the survey!

Thanks in advance for helping with this project,

Ashlée

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Working away

I went away for two weeks and I thought I would be able to write while I was gone. Boy was I wrong! Between the lack of Internet connection and how busy I was there was no way I was going to be able to blog. I tried it once but by the time I was ready to post I had lost internet connection. I thought about it again later but I was just too tired. So here I am, two weeks later, telling you I'm back and will have so many photos to share!

Ashlée
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