5 on 5 - january

We decided to do one more round of 5 on 5 to make it a full 12 month cycle.  I've loved having the opportunity to take part in this no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends (and one sister).  Here's to 2017!

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I'm in Toronto visiting my hometown family and it is utterly freezing (I love it).  I'm staying warm by looking at photos of the last few weeks leading in to the holidays.  We kept Christmas very quiet - it was just my small family of three, simple food, walks and drives into the city to look at the view, searching for sustenance at the Ferry Building in the early morning, taking the dog for a romp on the beach, and taking the time to breathe and look around and set work and stress aside for a week or so.

iPhone6. Embarcadero, SF 12/31/2016

iPhone6. Embarcadero, SF 12/31/2016

iPhone6. Stinson Beach, CA 12/30/2016

iPhone6. Stinson Beach, CA 12/30/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Parking Garage, SF 12/18/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Parking Garage, SF 12/18/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Fort Scott, SF 12/18/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Fort Scott, SF 12/18/2016

I also used the "Best Nine" algorithm to see my most-liked Instagram photos of 2016.  Although I may have chosen different personal favourites, these felt like a good round-up of the year - a little bit of family, a lot of being outside, the dog, and a certain ballpark birthday.

Instagram Best Nine 2016 (iPhone6)

Instagram Best Nine 2016 (iPhone6)

I'm not sure what 2017 will hold.  I have personal and professional plans but I have deliberately been keeping my head down for the past few weeks and haven't declared any resolutions for the New Year (not that I ever do).  But my intent is to keep picking up my camera and use it to tell stories.  Join me?

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Please visit my amazing sister Lianne at A Glimmer And A Spark next for her 5 on 5 post, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...).  Happy New Year, and thanks for following along with us for the last 12 months!

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - december

December 5, 2016 - it's the final 5 on 5 of the year!  I've loved having the opportunity to take part in this no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  It has gently forced me to actually shoulder my camera as I head out the door and take photos just for me, just for fun.  Thanks for joining us this year.

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I am a December baby so it seems appropriate to end the year with a birthday post, of sorts. 

I have been making a concerted effort this year to focus my attention on choosing carefully my path forward, both professionally and personally.  After reading about "essentialism" earlier this year, I've begun to embrace Greg McKeown's ideas for extreme criteria when setting boundaries and making choices - basically, if it's not hell yes then it's no.  It's a way of being more selective so that your life is filled with work and experiences that bring you joy.

( Firefly Institute  Photo Camp, November 2016)

(Firefly Institute Photo Camp, November 2016)

As I enter a new decade, this is an idea that resonates deeply for me.  No more wasting time waffling over what to do and how to accomplish it.  I'm surrounded by accomplished, amazing people - creatives, photographers, business experts - and there's no excuse for not tapping into their skill and experience to help me move forward.

( Firefly Institute  Photo Camp, November 2016)

(Firefly Institute Photo Camp, November 2016)

I want to feel focused and productive but with plenty of room to breathe, making time to feel connected with my family and friends and actively pursuing the things that keep me sane.

Like this.  I must have walked in Sausalito hundreds of times over the years and have probably taken photos of the boats reflecting in the water dozens of times.  But it brings me deep peace, especially when it's a walk on my birthday with my visiting parents - two of the most inspirational people I know.

And time, even, to take a tongue-in-cheek photo with the appropriate number on the boat lockers where I have taken many previous birthday photos in my years since moving to California.

Looking askance at that number, I know that it IS just a number.  I've been reinventing myself and my career for many years and that won't stop just because I've reached some sort of banner age. 

I'm ready, are you ready?  We got this.

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Please visit the lovely Stephanie Smith (S.L. Smith Photography) next for her final 5 on 5 post of the year, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - november

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends (and a sister).  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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Life can get out of control sometimes.  Too busy and not enough breathing space.  When that happens, I begin to notice that the types of images I'm drawn to making have some element of that space lacking in my daily life at any given moment.  I turn my camera away from people and focus on small vignettes with a simple focal point or maybe some delicious light.

I've realized that as much as I love to interact with and photograph people, it's simple scenes and objects of daily life that fill my camera in between shoots.  Or when weeks go by without any photography at all.

I photograph things that I want to pick up and whose texture I can almost see and smell.

And light ALWAYS draws my eye.

At a recent portrait shoot, while I waited for the makeup artist to do her magic, I got up close and personal with her tools of the trade.

And again, light. 

The holiday season approaches and I've been filled with the need to slow.... down.  To not get caught up in the chaos and madness.  So I plan to take some time every day to see small visual stories around me.  Maybe I'll capture them and maybe I won't, but I'm hoping that keeping my eye on space and balance will reflect in my daily walk through life too.

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Please visit the lovely Janice of Shine Photo & Design next for her autumnal 5 on 5 story (with a sleeping chipmunk no less!!), then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - september

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends (and a sister).  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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Continuing from my Viewfinders post last week, I picked out a few more photos from a road trip with my husband a few weeks ago for this 5 on 5.  It was just us, which is a rare thing - our daughter was at camp, we even left the dog behind with friends. 

It was quiet.  There were trees, and light, and water.  And a marmot (although he evaded my camera).

We walked.  We found quiet places where sometimes we raised our cameras and sometimes we didn't. 

We followed paths (me) and broke trail (him).

Whenever I could, shoes and socks came off and my feet were in the water.  I became fond of these two rocks getting cozy.  (Tell me you see the faces??)

We mostly camped, but treated ourselves to a cozy cabin for the last two nights. 

There is some melancholy now that we are back and immersed in work and school and the fact that it's officially September.  But there are always weekends and opportunities to jump in the car and GO when we most need it, so it's a sweet melancholy.

Happy September!  I wish you soft landings as we shift from summer to autumn schedules.  I'll be dreaming of trees.

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Please visit the lovely Janice of Shine Photo+Design's 5 on 5 this month and then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on, and so on....) to see where we've been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - july

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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I have been shooting almost exclusively for events/work functions lately and haven't been shooting just for myself much.  My personal folders of photos are sadly empty.  Or at least that's what I thought while poking through those folders and realizing that even when I'm shooting for work, I often am grabbing moments for myself.  Capturing food or details or light that catch my eye. 

Community dinner at T he Hivery .

Community dinner at The Hivery.

Food prep at the Community Dinner.

Food prep at the Community Dinner.

I don't remember what this was called but it was delicious.

I don't remember what this was called but it was delicious.

Because edible flower!

Because edible flower!

Flower crafts at an evening event.

Flower crafts at an evening event.

Thankfully, summer has arrived and with that comes roadtrips and camping and time to dream.  Next month, I can guarantee you will be seeing some non-work summer photos!   See you then!

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Please check out Maureen of Cottage 960's 5 on 5 this month and then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on, and so on....).

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - june

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to shoot fine details - whether it's food or flowers or ceramics or art pieces.  After re-launching my website last year, I've been very focused on seeking out photography (and video) projects that allow me to shoot what I love.  One of my new clients (and a budding friend!) is a floral designer and creates unbelievably beautiful arrangements and installations.  This week I accompanied her to the San Francisco Flower Mart to pick up the supplies she needed for her latest creation. 

Sara and I lost each other a number of times in the rows of flowers and greenery and ceramic paraphernalia and to-die-for aromas.  Luckily she was having as much fun as me since she too is pursuing her passion!    

Sara Marshall of Sara Florals.  You would be happy too, surrounded by all that lovely.
Stay tuned for more on our collaboration!

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Please check out Janice of SHINE Photo + Design's 5 on 5 this month and then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on, and so on....).

Thanks for joining us this month!

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - april

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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This past month had an abundance of chaos.  Despite my best intentions, I didn't always have my camera with me except for when I needed it for work.  Any photos outside of work itself were captured on the way somewhere....

... or during a shoot for a restaurant pop-up, where I grabbed a moment for myself....

... or at the beautiful co-working space where I am a member ...

... or right in my own backyard, where my beloved calla lilies finally emerged almost a month later than usual.

It feels appropriate to finish on a welcome sign of spring ... a time for fresh starts.  Here's to scented air, no spring allergies, and an abundance of time to mosey without chaos.

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Please check out the glorious light in my talented friend Stephanie Smith's 5 on 5 for this month and then click on to the next person in our blogroll.  Thanks for joining us!

cheers.

5 on 5 - march

Time for another 5 on 5 (five photos on the fifth of the month) - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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For winter break, my daughter and I visited my hometown outside of Toronto, traveling from the beginnings of spring in Northern California to sub-zero temperatures and frozen nose hairs.

Although we spent short stints outside, the cold required warmer pursuits so we went to Casa Loma - a local landmark - where my eye was immediately drawn to the small details (who doesn't love an old typewriter?) ...

...and dinners cooked by both my sister and my mother, whose well-loved and dog-eared cookbooks are as familiar to me as the meals made from them.

In between staying warm, family dinners and planning fun events for my daughter and nieces, my sister and I always try to carve out some time to spend together.  At the very least it's a glass of wine and a movie, collapsed on the couch in her family room, but even that didn't work out during this visit.  So on our last afternoon she and I dropped the kids like hot potatoes at home and went in search of things to photograph in the snowy landscape and time to chat without interruption.

When I was growing up in Ontario, we would head north in the summers to lake country and I was always charmed by turn-of-the-century farmhouses and barns along the way.  I've always wanted to go back and photograph a series of them, especially since these days they are an increasingly rare species as developers buy up the farm land and contribute to urban sprawl. 

My sister and I found two farmhouses on our afternoon jaunt.  I found it sad to see them unloved and abandoned...

On a future trip, I'm determined to make time for drives in the country in search of not only the sad and empty, but the many remaining working farmhouses and barns.

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Please check out Janice of Shine Photo+Design's 5 on 5 for this month and then click on to the next person in our blogroll.  Thanks for joining us!

cheers.

5 on 5 - february

Another photo project and more reasons to stay inspired, accountable, creative, and have some fun with fellow shooters!  This 5 on 5 (five photos on the fifth of the month) is a no pressure project cooked up with some online and IRL friends, and one real life sister.  There are no rules and no themes, just post some favourite photos from the previous month (or two.  or three.), tell a story about them (or not) and link on to the next person in line.

In my most recent post on Viewfinders, I ended with a teaser of sorts about rewarding my dog Toby for waiting patiently in the car while I made numerous stops on a photo jaunt.

Just look at him.... what a good boy.  Okay buddy, it's your turn.

Where else would we go but the beach?

Where there is ample sand to dig and dig...

... and dig some more.

And after an hour of running and barking and chasing balls and digging at least ten holes, there was this....

Because sometimes a nap is exactly what's needed. 

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Please check out Janice of Shine Photo & Design's 5 on 5 for this month.  She's got a brand spankin' new website and after you've had a look around, click on to the next person in our blogroll.  Thanks for joining us!

cheers.