I've recently completed a mentorship with NAPCP 2010 Photographer of the Year, Dana Pugh of Short & Sweet Photography. She's an amazing photographer with a successful business based in Calgary, Alberta. Dana taught me to push myself... to really look at what I do and why I do it...and to think about and conquer some of the things that scare me. This experience has opened my eyes to so many possibilities. As a result, I've set two goals for myself. They're goals for me as a photographer, an artist, and as a mother. And even though they're goals I've set for myself on a personal level, I feel they will impact my performance on a professional level as well.
Firstly, I want to become accredited. It's a process I've been thinking about for a while now, and it's something I want to do for myself as an artist. This year, I took my first step and joined the Professional Photographers of Canada as an observer. I want to put my work in front of other professionals in the industry and I want it to be judged. I want it to be critiqued and I want to learn from it all.
Secondly, I want to capture my children in a way that still photography can't. My kids will only be this little once and I want to remember this time in my life. And so I've started "My Life" videos. I want to look back at this time and hear their tiny voices, listen to their laughter, and remember their funny movements. This was an interesting project to start; I've worked in television for more than ten years... I've directed crews for live tv shows... but I've never created anything myself. This was a challenge for me, and I was scared to start it because I didn't want to fail at something that should come so naturally. Well... thanks to Dana... I've started.. and I don't want to stop! haha. I've posted my first installment below.
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