learn how to better use your camera.

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We both hear it from our friends and clients all the time. “I have a great camera, I just don’t know how to use it.” or “My pictures never turn out the way I think they will” or “I love photography so much but I want to reach a new level of great.” or sadly, “I don’t even bother with my camera anymore, I mean I wish I could capture the bits of fleeting magic I see around me on a daily basis but I just don’t feel artistic enough to do it.” and of course  “Will you help me?”

The answer is – yes, we’d love to. We both have our own stories of how photography enhances our lives and we want to share what we know about how to take great photos with you.

So who is the other half of this sweet we story?

Grab a little something to sip on (if you’d like) and I’ll tell you a story of friendship and creative kismet.

It started well over a year ago when somehow (I’m not really even sure anymore how) I found myself sitting at a cute little coffee shop just blocks from my then home, on a first “friend date” with a true kindred.

I knew Tracey Clark in the online spaces and knew lots of bits about her like the fact that she’s  a published author (she has several fabulous photography books), a renowned teacher and an adored photographer but I really didn’t know much more about her before that day.

As much as I love and appreciate all that the interwebs do for us, there’s nothing like coming together in real life. After sitting there with her those couple of hours I learned everything I needed to know to be sure that she was a remarkable, talented, creative woman that I wanted in my life.

Not too long after that Tracey and I began a practice of spending several hours a week, putting our heads and hearts together to see what kind of creative magic we could make.

After much thought and many, many conversations we decided that we were ready to invite people in to share in some of this potent magic and that the best way to (first) do this, was to host a local photography series.

As busy and very involved mama’s that have first hand experience of juggling our kids schedules, our own work needs, self care, other friend and family time and a deep devotion to living a creative life we get how important it is that we create something that truly adds to your life and not just your schedule. We wanted to offer something that was accessible, fulfilling, and useful.

And with a sweet mix of work, play and magic – Photography for the Journey Thursday morning series was born.

Part women’s circle, part creative photography workshop, we spent our time together feeding our souls, restoring our senses and infusing our creative hearts with inspired bits of wisdom, knowledge and permission to express in our own unique way all while forging meaningful new friendships, building serious camera skills and having a great time!

We ran circles from September until just a week or so ago and they were such a sweet success!

We know that not everyone can make it on a weekday morning so we’ve created something for those of you who want to stoke your creative fires and learn how to use your camera to take the kind of photos you want to take.

Photography for the Journey (Me + Tracey) is offering two all day Saturday workshops this January. One in Portland OR, on January 7th and one in Orange County CA, on January 28th. We’ll spend the day exploring and discovering the magic of composition as well as the power of mastering the technical side of your camera.

You’ll spend the day fed and filled with inspiring “a-ha” moments. Our approach is extremely accessible, useful and fun! We’ll get you out of auto mode and help you tap into your own natural ability to “see” your world through your lens.

Whether you come to our workshop, read your manual or watch youtube tutorials (I promise a day with us will be the most fun of the three) – I invite you to befriend your “big” camera.  Learn what it needs from you in order to empower you to take creative risks, document your beautiful life and be a vehicle for your own unique expression. You’ve invested in the camera, it’s time to invest in the skills. You’ll be so happy you did.

xo

– Danielle

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trust yourself

trust yourself

maybe the same intelligence that tells the sun when to set – when to rise, the same intelligence that breathes you without you having to think about it, the same intelligence that guides the flower to seek the light, to bend with the wind, to grow and bloom and fully become. maybe that same intelligence is right here, right now, available to guide you through all the big and small choices you’ll make, day in and day out.

maybe you have every single thing you need – right now – to survive, to thrive, to heal and to create.

maybe you really can – trust yourself.

{you’re welcome to download any of these images to use as a wallpaper background on your computer or phone, just in case {like me} you need these kind of reminders now and again}.

 

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“You’ll see when you’re 83.”

He says it more and more these days. “I think I’m dying.” or “It’s not easy getting old.” but his more and more is still pretty seldom. He’s strong, adaptable and just such a good man.

Heart disease has taken so many pleasures from him and he just keeps adapting. 10 years ago you would’ve never seen him with a book. Uber physical and far to fast moving to sit still that long. Now… You’ll never see him without one. And lately as his mind craves oxygen and tends to be forgetful and cloudy, he’s added a new layer to his adapting. He makes notes. He sat next to me telling me with a mildly frustrated, equally proud tone that he had read 200 pages into this book and forgotten everything.

His answer to this incredibly frustrating scenario? Start over, write down all the characters names, main points and carry on.

He is so solid. And I love him.

So this photo… Taken while he chatted, isn’t perfect. And won’t mean much to many. But for me, it tells a story a story of truth and fortitude and hero thinking.

So please… Take the pictures that matter to you, document your life or have someone come in and be witness to the beauty of your family for the day. These stories are precious.

xx

~ Danielle

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Royal. Real. Raw. a Photo Session with MaryBeth Bonfiglio

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the words are still coming or maybe not, maybe they’re not mine at all. maybe there are just too many things to say.

here’s what i do know…. she is lover and sister, warrior, mother, holder of much and one who surrenders fully to the mystery.

she is the greatest change maker and the most patient move taker. she is you and me and we. she is fierce, loyal and a total beauty.

fully embodied, completely alive, a force to be reckoned with indeed.

 

“Whatever else you do, listen to your Deepest Self. Love Her and be true to Her, speak Her truth, always.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

community campout – big sur 2014

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Each year we join a few other beloved families {there’s about 35 of us when we all get together} and spend a weekend camping in Big Sur. This year we’ll be taking me and my broken fibula with us which may make our trip a little less adventurous but I’m sure just as sweet.

One of the things I’ve been doing with my unplanned “down time” is going through our family photos which has flooded me with so many happy feelings. It’s also reminded me that some of the things I love most in a photo is how it transports me, reminds me, shows me things I may have missed even when I was in the moment and the way it tells me the story of how beautiful my life is. And guess what, I get all this goodness even when the composition is imperfect, the lighting isn’t ideal and the focus is soft.

When it comes to my family I often use my iPhone 5 because it’s handy and it’s quiet. Spending a little time with my personal photos has really inspired me to keep doing just that {it’s also sparked a few personal project ideas that I’m so excited to get working on and share}.

However you’re spending these summer days, I hope you’re enjoying them fully and documenting them in the way that feels the most natural and good to you.

Much love,

~ Danielle

a luxury boudoir session – portland

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2015-07-29_0002Anytime a woman reaches out to me ready {even if filled with uncertainty}, to be seen and to see herself, I get butterflies. There’s something so magical about these sessions which really begin the minute we start dreaming them up together. The way they unfold is always a bit of a mystery and it’s just SO good! Every session, like every woman is totally unique and the time I was able to spend with this woman was spectacular.