Family in Black and White

“True love exists in moments, stumbled upon by accident…”  Atticus

Sometimes, black and white is just better….because of the light, the texture, the mood…or even to take our attention away from colour, and back to form, connection, space or moment.

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Spring is in the air!!

Contact me to book sessions and discuss payment options.

http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto
604 4416913

I offer mini sessions, trade, sliding scale, based on needs, ability to pay and how you value my service. Stay tuned for Celebrating Growth and New Life! Spring Mini Play Sessions.
Mini Photo Play Sessions – Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

A minimum of three families book a 15-20 minute photo session, one after the other at a local park. $20 gets you 2 high resolution edited digital image chosen from 5-8. $35 gets you 5 chosen from a gallery of 10-15. This deal comes with the option to purchase more images from 20-35 images in a private online gallery. You will also be able to purchase prints, and other products. If you gather three families for a set of minis, you get your $35 session for FREE!!

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Cultural Mentoring Stories

What an honour it was to be gathered together on Salt Spring island with over a 100 participants to listen to Jon Young weave stories of cultural mentoring based on the 8 Sheilds model. This event is one of many that Jon has organized with the help of ‘acorns’, his son, and dedicated film crew, to record and make available online the incredible wisdom and practice of the 8 Shields Mentoring and Nature Connection.
The energetic field of so many like-minded, committed folk present was palpable, deeply thrilling. I left feeling moved and inspired that my work with children, families and as story-teller is intertwined with this purpose. <3
I am so very grateful for Ingrid Bauer and Jean-claude Catry and all they have manifested with their commitment to Wisdom of the Earth nature school, the ripples of their work stretched far enough to embrace me! Also, I’d like to express gratitude for their vital part of bringing Jon Young here.
A deep appreciative thank you, also, to all at Stowel Lake Farm who provided such a beautiful venue for this gathering and filming, and delicious, local, organic lunches. Yum! All this embraced by tall cedars, lush, misty rolling farm lands, birds chattering and soaring high.
If you have any questions about these photos, their use, or about my work, please contact me at Apple Star Photo. Also, stay tuned for more images…
All my relations
Belinda White

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Forage

wild food, play, belonging, bounty, sensuality….

Where do they intersect?   What connects us to each other and to place deeply?  What is inner tracking?  How are these questions related to how we learn, raise children, honour each others and our own purpose and gifts?

 

Winter Wonderland

It’s been quite something here in Vancouver this Winter, lots of snow and freezing temperatures, keeping everything crisp, chilly and sparkly.  Its hard for us older folks to get around for sure, but the children just love the magic and thrill of it all!

Who’s up for some, fun playful Winter minis tomorrow at Trout Lake or Clark Park?

$45 for 3 lovely polished images, $65 for 6!

Contact me at http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto

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It’s that time of year again….

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…time for Fall Mini Photo Play Sessions!

What a pleasure to welcome this sweet family back again.   How much their little one has grown and matured.  And this time around they are welcoming a second wonder.  yay!

Fall is a great time of year to get cosy, cuddle up and play.  A time to focus on all our precious gifts, share gratitude and celebrate nature’s last flashes or vibrant colour!

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Why ‘Play’ sessions?

When it comes to gorgeous family portraits, there are two ways to go: formal posing or candid.  I much prefer the second option.  The trick is how to get everyone happy and smiling at the same time.  Play is the answer!  I encourage the whole family to climb, jump, snuggle, kiss…this gets everyone feeling silly and warm, and helps the children relax.

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Contact me for more information or to book a session at http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto or text 604 441 6913

warmly, Belinda White

Apple Star Photo

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Forage: The Rose and the Hip

What is Forage? A kind of inner tracking, a wild wander, observing how the gifts in the wild or garden reflect the gifts within.

I realize now, that the idea for the name of both my photography business and my educational business comes from a  kind of ‘forage’ experience.   In what ways does a ‘fruit’ or example from Nature mirror or symbolize a human process?  The Apple Star, is the core revealed, not cut out, the seeds of future creations intact, the beauty honoured!

The Rose and the Hip

It’s easy to admire the rose, in full glory, full sent and splendour, isn’t it? but not so easy the haw, the seed, the hip. Hard, blood red, seedy and itchy to boot, this little bounty has it’s treasure well hidden. She’s thorny too, marking territory, entwined in an never-ending dance with the Black Berry Briar, we watch those once juicy black nuggets drying on the vine, and marvel at their simple giving of themselves to us, compared to the complex extraction needed to taste the healing of the rose hip! A what is this weird, puff of a hairy nest? Is it true a wasp lies within? This is what Rose hips bring up for me:

“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.”

Kahlil Gibran

Thank you Omi Grace for walking with me, listening to me, and gathering with me.  Thank you too, for standing your ground and expressing your boundaries, and making the tea, that I couldn’t make!!  Belinda White

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Wild Self – of Scars, Skies, and Water

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D (Women Who Run With the Wolves)

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I am so honoured to have photographed such a stunningly gorgeous, honest, vulnerable and powerful wild woman!   Most of us struggle with body image, I know I do.  What is it like as we grow older, post child rearing, as the years go by, still keenly aware of emotional or physical injuries lodged deep in our skin, our bones, our hearts?  It is hard to stand naked in front of ourselves and shout ‘Yes!’ to the skies, Yes, to ourselves.  Yes to our beautiful bodies, pain and all, age and experience and all.  It is hard, isn’t it?  And yet, if we go there, if we walk tentatively down our own steep, crumbling banks, noticing how life persists in clinging, in growing, in reaching, down towards the cool pool within, where the gentle sun warms….If we gingerly approach that edge…we can find that place of release, of self-acceptance, and of profound beauty.

“I was taught from a very young age that my body was not my own. Told in subtle and not so subtle ways, by both my parents… by a trusted elderly neighbor… and by society… that this body I was born into was for a man’s pleasure. And so the abuse began.

I went into this photo shoot with the intention of facing some of my darkest places and dislodging the stuck parts inside. I loved the idea of entering the water to wash away some of these old stories…. These outdated thought patterns that kept me held in abuse and self- hatred.

And now, as I look at these beautiful photographs and observe the effects that two years without almost any yoga has done to my body…. I try my best to breathe through my inner self critic.

I feel inspired… to let go of the self-hatred and love my body back into the shape I feel more comfortable with.

Most important of all… I choose to reclaim my birthright… This body… This body is my own.

Thank you, again for the opportunity you have given me.”

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Wild Woman at the lake ~ exploring her edges of vulnerability

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the cool waters at the centre of our body
can we find that forgiving patient self love here at the lake, the trees cling to steep banks,
roots exposed, hard rock and soft earth crumble
trees fall, all feeds and is fed, death, life, transition

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Injury and healing
earth body mirrors our body
as we learn to love and cherish our core
we become stronger

in awe, Belinda

#wildwomanproject #rewildingphotography #wildwander #wildself #scarsskiesandwater #deepscar #beautifulbodyproject #bodylove #selflove #thatisadoor #clarissapinkolaestes #shiningfromtheinsideout

a truly precious ceremony

in the centre of a pond,

surrounded by family and friends,

blessings to you Amanda ad Abel.

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” To love my body fiercely is truly revolutionary.”

“oh, my breats are uneven! Mama breats!” Even when her youngest daughter is not here beside her, that bond of breast-feeding is present in the body of mama Omi Grace as she embraces her own power feet washed by the river, our great earth mama’s breast, nursing us with the waters of life; arms stretching high like the Cedar trees to the sky, Goddess rising! You are so beautiful Omi.

 

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