Updated: Nov 17, 2020


It wasn't long ago that I had an absolute fear of dark days, so much so, that good days would dictate my schedule, or I would up my ISO... although my equipment can handle it, increased ISO was my last resort. The anxiety I felt, and the control that weather had over me, that was not an ideal situation.


If you are in the same boat as I was, I recommend a better boat for you, and it's out there waiting for you to get on board. I've been following Caroline Tran's education and resources for photographers for almost two years now. Caroline is a former Physics teachers, who has left teaching to run a thriving photography business for over a decade now. I have been so fortunate to have her as my mentor, if you've seen my growth, I can tell you, I would not be where I am today without Caroline's guidance, even with great distance between us, different time zones and all, the time she has invested into me has been so invaluable. Caroline is a natural teacher. She breaks down complex ideas into attainable pieces. You go from feeling anxiety, to feeling empowered. Her courses on All about Light and Flash will help you create beautifully lit photos in tough lighting situations, including harsh sun, dim rooms, and tungsten lighting.


https://www.carolinetrancourses.com/a/38981/obDX3sdY


So ultimately, you'll be able to take that dark lit room and turn it into the beautifully lit photo below... because dark days are GOOD days. They are days we can still do our best work, and there is no time like the present to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. Especially when we have resources available to us to learn from one of the best in the photography business. Being a part of Caroline's community, it's such a wonderful, positive space where you'll be uplifted, inspired, and cheered on!!! I am so grateful for it all, so I am passing it forward to anyone who needs this in their life.


Here is to growth for all of us!


With all my love,

Angelina


I don't know if I say it enough but I want to THANK YOU guys for being so amazing.


I'm a little bit late to the game of being (Thanksgiving) grateful. The truth is, I think we mustn't even wait for one day a year to show how grateful we are for one another--so let it be--this absolutely random rainy day in October when I express that gratitude towards all of you. You guys continue to invite me into your lives to document your amazing moments, and with these experiences, I continue to grow as an artist.


To think that just two and a half years ago, I had no confidence in my ability to make a go of this, I had no expectations, other than that I really enjoyed being behind the camera. Now, I can't imagine anything else. When I met Chris, I felt that way, like I was right where I needed to be, he had this gravitational pull. If our lives were already paved for the future, I could somehow feel that. He was the answer to a question I hadn't even asked yet. Almost fifteen years later, and he remains that answer for me. Photography evokes similar feelings. It's the answer to a question I had been running from for over a decade, only because I was just afraid I'd fail. I'll remain thankful to a photographer who saw potential in me, because if she hadn't, I'd probably not see it within myself to this day.


What I am also so thankful for and excited about is THIS creative SPACE that Joe, Josh and Jaimie at On Point Builders https://www.facebook.com/onpointbuildersinc created for me. I can't wait for all of the beautiful--creative memories I will capture here, attached are some of the amazing moments I have already been so fortunate to document. I have been chasing light, and now it peers through my windows in abundance, and its luminance I am most grateful for.






Thank you guys so much for reading! I wish you all a most beautiful weekend and can't wait to photograph you at some point soon.


Warmly,

Lina



"We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone." William Shakespeare.


Model: Stella Maris


If there was ever a time to stop, to take a break, it would be so easy to lose yourself to idleness. I find even those nights when I choose to take away from sleep to scroll through Netflix, or Prime, and now the Disney Channel, I feel like I'm losing time. I'm losing time for purpose, for creativity, or most importantly sleep to re-energize.


And at times I need that, simple scrolling through title after title to wind up watching nothing. I find myself just browsing through the visuals, the shadows and lighting of the place holder photos, the photoshop jobs of movie titles, and that what I would have found once good enough, I see through different eyes.


These different eyes come from an abundance of practice and pushing myself to do better.










The February Project was purely, to keep it pure and simple. To revel in the white space and the grain. Stella rocked this beautiful tulle dress with sequins. I tried a different space/spot in my house where light didn't enter in as evenly as it does where I normally set up, and I haven't yet invested in a good strobe light as the good ones cost a small fortune. We made it work though with continuous light, we had fun, and the shoot resulted in some beautiful captures.


I'm definitely doing these projects for my creative growth, to experiment, to practice posing and direction without referencing to the image library of the internet, I want it to come naturally from my memory. But that's only half of it. I really enjoy working with others, no strings attached, just for social time and for creativity's sake.


Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on the February project. I so appreciate you tuning in.


Wishing you a beautiful day!


Warmly,

Lina





Welcome to Average Jane Photography! If you are here looking for someone to document your family, wedding, special event, and even just out of curiosity. I am happy that you are here!

I'm Angelina - a storytelling photographer based in Nova Scotia,, who is excited to be a part of your story, sharing in the laughter along with you, while capturing the essence of all of your life's precious moments.

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