What if everything depended on you holding on?
What if everything depended on you letting go?
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Family

I am grateful for the wonderfully unique families I have the honour to photograph!

Happy Fall and Thanks Giving everyone.

#fallminiphotoplaysessions #applestarphoto #celebratefall #celebratefamily #gratitude #thanksGiving #vancouverphotographer #candidfamilyportraits #troutlake

Fall Mini Photo Play Sessions

Here’s a small taste of some of the gorgeous, cozy,

loving families I have photographed over the past week or so!

Lot’s more mini sessions happening.

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Drop by http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto for more information.

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Enjoy these glorious Fall season everyone!

forage photography

I wandered down from my home near the ravine to Trout Lake,
criss-crossing through fields, alleys, bike-paths, the signs of Fall becoming.
I was on my way to a Photo Shoot,
but the journey between two points is so often my favorite place,
as I so love to wander, and see what gifts I encounter.
 
Here is wonderful Copley Community Orchard, an old spot where folks have likely gathered for ages to plant, to harvest, to picnic on the slight rise gazing over our glorious mountains. Old gnarled apple trees gift ‘imperfect’ sparkl
ingly delicious apples. A sole woman quietly offered, ‘There are apples in the basket if you are hungry.’
 
I pause, breath the air deeply and marvel at human’s interaction with nature, with the land, with her fruits. Grateful.
 
I wander, pause, breath, smell, listen, look. I pick an apple. I snap a photo.
I love my life so deeply at these moments.
And, I want to share them with you.
 
What wild or tended green spaces, growing spaces do you love?
 
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Forage
 
is a way of using what you’ve got, it’s a kind of deep noticing, of gathering,
of gratitude for nature’s bounty.
 
I use my camera’s eye to gather signs, gifts, fruits and seeds, birds and bees,
mostly the wonderful, sometimes startling,
always deeply inspiring creative gestures of nature.
 
These images can stand alone, or they can document an adventure,
tell a story of place, or belonging, of food or medicine.
 
Even more so, though for me,
they can become an inner tracking.
 
After a photo forage wonder, I look carefully in my ‘basket of images’.
What treasures or signs are hidden there?
What song have I caught of the deep impulse of my wander?
Can I use the symbols in these images that speak to me to create
an intentional gesture of meaning and purpose?
 
Like reading the stars, listening to birds,
or tracking a wild creature,
my intuitive deeply creative impulse has a story for me.
 
What is it?
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The seasons are shifting once again, Fall is here, Fall with her winds, her rains, her darkening skies and blazing sunsets.

She carries with her always memories of Summer, memories of Winter, of Spring.  For me she is the painter, the story-teller, the weaver, the song-catcher!  She teaches us the cycles, the Life~Death~Life cycles with the fiery blazing of yellow, orange, red leaves, their boldest right before their fall, with the flying, spinning, rolling, and rotting of seeds, that need to fall and crack open in order to germinate.

Fall beckons to us, doesn’t she?  Look at me, come hither, my bold brightness, my tussled locks flying, my stormy and bright moods racing across the evening sky.  Come pick my fruit, do not be afraid if my bark is ancient and gnarled.  Fear not the imperfect apple, uneven, speckled with brown spots, her tart sweetness will spark you awake!

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Harvest, gathering, gratitude

So lovely to have this sole, quiet woman, resting alone offer me apples on my wander.  Would I have stopped to taste if she hadn’t been there, if she hadn’t said anything in her very quiet way?

Use what you’ve got, stumble upon meaning, chance encounters are often our best teachers.  The bees and wasps are very slow now, gathering their last morsels of sweetness, whiles spiders begin t weave.

What magic is here?

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walk the wilds within
The images I gathered this day that stood out most distinctly for me
now that I ponder on them, and listen to my inner knowing,
are this one of the solitary woman, the brown-spotted apple,
the two crows ever present guardians, and the picked apple in my hands.
This quiet time is vital to me now, to hold space for my own deep nature connection,
I am the one who must tend to my inner wilds, and yet there are teachers on my path, friends and strangers alike, two-legged, two-winged and more…
The invitation is to notice, to practice focus and gratitude.
Also, this process of wandering, and gathering.  Out here, out here, the crows remind me.  They are the teachers of the skies, there blackness is etched in silhouette, like notes, letters, song tracks.  It is ancient and ever-present, like the voices of my ancestors.
I will follow their musical lines…
When I pause to accept the gift of the apple, I am not cast out of Eden, I am invited in.  When I bite into her deep bursting flesh, I am not poisoned, but rather blessed by the sweet knowledge Grand Mother Apple Tree, she knows she knows, she is rooted, she has seen it all, the spiders are weaving in her hair.
The message I receive is that I too am getting old, but I am planted here and thriving still, their are spiders starting to weave webs in my hair, but my gifts are many if I only I notice, take heed, express gratitude and follow my deep impulse to share them.
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If you’d like to know more, go on a photo forage wander with me, or participate in Forage Photography Workshop, please contact me here at Apple Star Photo, or email at applestarlearning@gmail.com
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#bounty
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#healingphotography
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#theartofnoticing
#artplayfroadults
#copleycommunityorchard.

wild woman of the lake

There are many reasons why a woman might want to walk the wilds within and discard layers of convention, expectations, self-concept, injury.

For some this process of entering a wilder state, and allowing nature’s embrace to hold her ~

the buoyant support or cleansing of the waters,

the ageless solid presence of rock,

the twisted sinews of root,

the secret cover of ferns, leaves seaweed, clay,

the rooting and falling of trees

For some this is a way to re write a story about her body and rekindle a spark of self-love.  For another, it may be a way to honour and embrace a transition, loss, realization. For yet another there may be some healing shifts around injuries embedded deep in our bodies.  And for others there may be a wilding ritual of female empowerment, a howl of rebirth, calling fourth a deep intuitive sense of belonging and purpose.

For all there is a journey towards and an encounter with a sometimes deeply buried wild self.  The results may be called a photographic relic, a trail of symbol to remind us, and call fourth that process of of inner tracking and how The Wild shows us the way, and offers many gifts, many songs and stories…..

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#rewild #rewildphotography #forage #abeautifulbodyproject #bodylove #allbodisarebeautiful #wildwoman #howl #therapeuticphotography #healingart #noshame

Late Summer  Expectant Mama 

Glorious mama Kiera ready to welcome her little one Earth-side very soon. Thank you for trusting me to capture some beautiful images of this precious time on your parenting journey.
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wild woman of the lake

 

I am honoured to photograph my brave friend!

She is a glorious wild woman holding space and honouring her edges. <3

#awildwomenproject

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a wild woman project ~ wild spa

“I feel like I washed away a lot of shame in that river.”

Beautiful wild women! It takes courage to walk into the river bare of all conventions, wild spa clay and forest greens help to honour our wild nature!

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#wildspa #firemaker #elementalspa #awildwomenproject #wildwomanproject #wildmanproject #embodied #embodythewild #embodiedhealing #embodiedphotography #rewild #wildwomen #rewildphotography #therapeuticphotography #healingphotography #walkthewildswithin #deepnatureconnection #beautifulbodyproject #wildart #wildbody

Down to the River to Play

Beautiful Wild Woman Elizabeth at the Wild Spa at Firemaker this year! I have so much respect for you, Goddess, your vulnerability, strength, resilience and how you uphold your values and raise your son!!!!!

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For most of us, it’s wonderful to decorate ourselves with mud, ferns, leaves, to walk, wildly decorated towards our own nakedness. For few of us, is it easy to stand naked and strong in the centre of the river. Elizabeth you are an inspiration.
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#wildwomanproject #rewildphotography #wildspa #firemaker #goddess #bodypositivity #downtotherivertoplay #applestarphoto

wild woman project ~ Exploring exposed roots…..

I am grateful for the bravery of this gorgeous woman, Charlotte. This is a sneak peek from our third wild woman project session together. This time, Charlotte entered the river with a lot ore confidence, self-knowledge and self-acceptance.

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#wildwomanprogect #rewild #rewildpphotography #therapeuticphotography #deepnatureconnection #bodypositivity #abeautifulbodyproject #healing

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