sofie warren

JOURNAL

Studio updates.

mother daughter

i supposedly took the summer 'off' and in a way i did.  however, i did spend a little time with this mother : daughter duo and it was an amazing afternoon.

the balance of enthusiasm + calm in one of my favourite locations made it a dream project.  i loved seeing the connection between nathalie and brittany and am looking joining them in a yoga class or two.

you can see a few more images here

THE WHY

september always feels like the 'new year' to me.  after a long summer, 'new' seems more abundant than on january first for some reason... new school, new term, new class, new teachers, new subjects, new school supplies...  sounds like i go to school or something!  no, i'm just a mum.  i am also one of those people who always wants to start something on 'a monday' or the first of blank month.

well i'm fighting that feeling - i was going to put this post off until 1 september... but i won't.

i took the summer off, kind of.  i say 'kind of' because i did do a few shoots but it really was a time of asking myself a lot of questions.  i have been struggling with something that many creatives struggle with.  my passion and love had turned into a job.  i was busy trying to meet client's expectations and needs over producing art.  as much as i enjoyed capturing various events and elements, something had shifted.

so during my summer of reflection, two major things happened: 1. after winning a downloadable workshop with the amazing photographer yan palmer, called teeth kiss, i questioned everything.  the workshop pointed to a youtube video by simon sinek about 'the golden circle'.  i started to realize my 'why' to photography was not lining up with what i was doing, and 2. i was at my youngest son's first running event and a friend said that she did not bring her big camera because she was sure i would have mine - i didn't!  i had stopped taking pictures of my friends and family with my 'big' camera, opting to just snap with my iphone instead.  this made me sad.  as great as the iphone is and convenient as it is to be able to snap pictures here and there, i had stopped making art of my family, of my memories.  i don't think my friend even realizes what this casual comment sparked, but it stirred something in me.

i had my why!

i am passionate about memories.  i have grown up with a mother that has always taken pictures, filling album after album with memories of crazy hairstyles and even crazier sunglasses and fashion, baby pictures and old boyfriends, friends and family and far away places we have traveled. 

that's where i started.  i wanted to capture memories.  the natural, the candid, un-posed.  i sometimes struggled when hired for family portraits.  i knew i was being paid to produce 'classic' family portraits but that's not what i was passionate about.  capturing the special times but also the mundane.  birthdays and days at home, beach days and play dates, graduations and first dates.  you can't have a professional photographer living in your back pocket (unless you're on reality tv or something).  so why not learn how to capture those memories, your own memories?

your why may change - we all change and grow.  but right now, my why is the importance of memories.

would you like to learn how to capture your memories?  because i would like to teach you.  i haven't figured out the how or where just yet, but if you are in barbados and would be interested, let's chat!

so it may be my son jamming to his tunes and washing the car on a hot summer day, or miss millie sitting on the couch.  i just know that i don't want to leave my 'good' camera at home because i don't feel like 'working'.  i want to capture my memories and i want people to capture theirs.

make memories, and make sure to capture them.

i was chasing meaning
and found surrender
i can tell you that
meaning follows surrender
— rebekah lyons
rest

life has been busy for a while now and i have been feeling overwhelmed and when i feel overwhelmed i get quiet.

it is easy to think that being a photographer is glamorous, i get to 'do what i love to do and get paid', i can set my own schedule and a lot of other great points but the truth is, i hate saying no (therefore never taking a break) and i am always worrying about what people think (do they like their pictures, are they happy, yada yada yada) and i am tired.

so after a whole lot of thought i have decided to take some time off.  i have been saying 'the summer' but honestly, i'm not sure...  i may pick up my camera in two weeks or maybe longer, i haven't decided.

i saw this quote and thought, 'what a great word'

uitwaaien:
to take a break outdoors to clear one’s head
— wiktionary

i think i'll do just that.  i know lots of people feel this way, any tips?

how do you remember?

i need pictures to remind me.  i sometimes think i remember something just because i have seen a picture of it, but do i remember the actual event or do i remember the picture...?  on our recent trip we all did our own thing : some wrote journals, we took a million photographs and some of us just gazed out the window.

how do you help yourself remember?

plans
buachaille etive mor, scotland

buachaille etive mor, scotland

driving along the beautiful scottish highlands, a lone, white cottage sits at the bottom of a mountain.  i admire the scene, with rays of sun shining through the clouds.  in the quiet, i imagine what it must be like to live there, long hikes and warm fires.  i carefully frame the scene and thoughtfully create my image...  IN MY HEAD AS WE PREPARED FOR OUR TRIP TO THE UK AND I PLAN THIS STOP

IN REALITY...  day four of the camper, i'm freezing, we approach the parking area at the side of the moderately busy road, it is raining, i jump out, run around like a crazy person with my camera and phone, snap a million pictures, run back into the camper, "let's go!"

it's been a while

life can sometimes get in the way of good intentions and life is really full at the moment.  so for now i'll just add an image from a recent trip to the uk.  i didn't take as many pictures as i thought i would and there are all sorts of reasons behind that but i did note that no matter where i am and how chilly i am, i'm always looking for and appreciating the sun.

goals

i have been thinking a lot about two things recently: 1. print more and 2. getting in the picture.

i am really making an effort to do both and encourage you to do the same.  don't hide those beautiful (sometimes imperfect) memories away : don't think that just because you print something it has to be hung up there forever, move things around, change things up.

surround.jpg

and get in those pictures : have a laugh when you look back at what you thought was the best hairstyle, coolest glasses or most rockin' outfit : you'll regret it later if you don't.

courage,
dear heart
— c.s.lewis