Posted on April 20, 2019
Just in time for Mother’s Day ~ One spot Left!!
>>>Spring Minis Photo Play Sessions!<<<
Friday April 4-5pm Queen Elisabeth park – Booked Up!
Saturday April 9-10am Trout Lake Park – Booked Up!
Sunday April 4-5pm Stanley Park / Queen Elizabeth park – Two spots left
Choose either a $45 ~ 5 / $65 ~ 10 High res, Pro-edited digital images.
Special 15% discount for Single Mamas
To Book, DM me at www/facebook.com/applestarphoto
Posted on April 3, 2017
becoming a brother
~ Sneak Peek ~
How wonderful that my first session of the Spring Season was of this lovely family expecting their second child! I met them last year at a Spring Mini Photo Play Session and was enthralled by their wide-eyed, sweet, inquisitive young boy. What an honour to be asked back a year later to do a maternity and growing family photo session with them.
I spent the first of our session playing with their son. I know that if I take the time to connect and engage the young one on this play level, it will really improve our photo session. He was of course, over-joyed!!
#becomingabrother #growingfamily #maternity #belly #pregnancyphotos #familyphotography #applestarphoto #shiningfromtheinsideout #candidfamilyphotography #backlitbelly #lace #naturalmaternity
Posted on February 23, 2017
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.
#applestarphoto #familyinblackandwhite #shiningfromtheinsideout #miniphotoplaysessions #candidblackandwhitephotography #family #love #moments
Posted on September 21, 2016
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.”
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
#forage #wildwander #wildwomen #rosehip #innertracking #pinions #Kahlilgibran
Posted on September 6, 2016
a truly precious ceremony
in the centre of a pond,
surrounded by family and friends,
blessings to you Amanda ad Abel.
Posted on August 7, 2016
Beautiful, Wild, Searching Naomi
“All of us are wild deep within.” A Wild Woman Project
What can I say about you, sweet Naomi? Meeting you changed my life. You ‘saw’ me. you ‘heard’ me, you ‘knew’ me.
You witnessed, named and honoured my deep sharing and vulnerability. You thanked me for my tears, and cried with me at our first gathering together, and in so doing cracked open a space in my judgement:- haha, I thought you were perfect, young, beautiful, partnered, happy. Our meeting, the time, conversations, and visioning we’ve done since has contributed so much to my understanding of A Beautiful Mama Project and A Wild Woman Project.
Walking down to the river to pray, play, cry and work through shame, fears, lost dreams, deep desires, and new hopes and visions with you…hands and feet in the mud, searching, probing, the constant trickle of flow, the rich earth, Cedar growth and death, constant. The rich, rich smell of it all, loamy, wet, so incredibly female….thank you for your vulnerability, thank you for you questing, thank you for your gentleness with yourself and with me, thank you, Naomi, for helping me understand my wild craft, my wild photo wanders. I can’t wait until the next time we create together, we hold space together, we cry and love and love together.
I love these words you have written on rewilding.
“Rewilding to me is a remembering, a tuning into the Earth & her sacred, ancient ways & energy. Of beginning to match our nature with Nature. To allow ourselves to listen to our heart beat & the heart beat of the earth, air, water, fire & begin to bring balance back within ourselves & so then without us as well. To allow there to be seasons within our lives & to allow shame & guilt to melt away as we listen to our inner knowing & learn from others who are walking this path & who have walked this path before. To unlearn all that does not serve & begin anew. Being mindful with our choices, our words, our food. But also being gentle with ourselves in the unfolding.
I find it amazing that now rewilding is a movement. Yet I have always felt that deep connection to be connected with the earth & it is always there. All of us are wild deep within. We have just forgotten the old ways. The most basic of ways. To flow with our own seasons within the seasons. To be unwavering in our strength & to above all be connected with all beings.
By slowing down & spending time in nature, gathering food, preparing our own food. Remembering that all food is living & that we must take life to live and yet we can give back and so the circle of life continues. That, in the end our own lives will end and if we allow return to the sacred circle. We all need to be humble and we all need to accept and embrace our innate power and light as beings who are here to protect and live as one with this earth. We are here to create a new way. Together.”
Rewilding photographic wanders take us on a journey through a wild and natural landscape that we love or are drawn to, and in so doing we travel inwards, searching for lost or broken parts of ourselves, our wild selves, “collecting the bones” of our personal stories so to speak. The forest, trees, roots, rivers, shoreline, caves, stone, sand and mud draw us towards them. Perhaps we tune in to one or another element more, the river forever running, bringing life and taking it away, a babbling brook of women’s voices, tears, laughter, wisdom of ages, perhaps the mud, rich and mucky covering our hands, feet, bellies….there is healing here, on this journey, this process, of wandering over the road, away from the garden, towards that untended self, tracking a wild woman hiding in the shadows, foraging for sweet berries, sweet truths of self, delicious intuition, flashes of realization, there is release here, in casting off domestic shame, slowly peeling off layers of preconception, and allowing Mother’s embrace, Mother’s example embodied in Tree, Flow, Root, Soar, Release, Compost, there is love here, self love, self embrace.
Thank you for your courage Naomi. Tender Love, Belinda
Naomi and her partner Dante and their two children live in a beautiful, semi wild setting on the land in Sooke, BC, where they offer, facilitate and hold space for rewilding, community, healing, play, spa and wild food events. They are an amazing, inspiring couple. I have learned so much from them, recieved so much love and hope. I am ever grateful. <3 Belinda
#awildwomanproject #abeautifulbodyproject #rewildingphotography #bodypositive #downtotheriver #wildwander #rewild #innertracking #wildwoman #collectingthebones #remembering #unlearning #forage
Posted on March 28, 2016
Spring Mini Photo Play Sessions
This is what I love to do.
I do mini sessions as a way of offering accessible, affordable, gorgeous, pro family portraiture to all. No one turned away fro lack of funds. :)
$20 for a 10-15 minute mini session and 2 pro-edited digital images from 8-10 or
$35 for 5 pro-edited digital images from 12-20.
Contact me at http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto, or call 604 441 6913 to get details on the next Mini Sessions, bring three other families or groups, and get yours FREE!
Ask about arranging another Mini Session in a location of your choice. Warmly, Belinda White, Apple Star Photo, Shining from the Inside Out!
#Springminiphotoplaysession #Springminis #Naturalphotography #Familyphotography #Funphotography #Applestarphoto
Posted on January 31, 2016
Filling the Myth Gap,
and The Importance of Story-telling
I’m editing Firemaker photos finally. I’ve been asked to use some on the website. As I go through them, my heart singing with beauty and belonging, I am greatful for what i have encountered about myself and how I fit in this big picure. Slowly, but surely, I am circling in, weaving my own tale of me: I am a story-teller. I use my gifts of sight of watching, observing, gathering, my passions for life-long learning and honouring our unique gifts, and my voice to share storeis like this with the world. This is my job, my greatest yearning. This is how we fill the Myth Gap, tell the stories that count, and the stories that bind us together. Thank you Firemaker for holding that space for me, for linking hands around the circle and allowing me to stand firmly with an open heart in this beautful space, and give my gifts.
Posted on January 12, 2016
This is a unique take on the head shot, a studio-like session, but more candid. Through my work in photography, I have discovered that unravelling and retelling a story is a big part of what I do.
As a single mother who chose to stay home with her son and build a career that honoured my deep needs for attachment, I have a soft spot for women and how they struggle to balance meaningful work with family life. I am also passionate about helping women to define their on-line presence / image by honouring their unique gifts and how they show up and portray themselves in their work / craft / career / art form. As women, we often struggle with the ideas of beauty or presentability. I aim to show you off as you are, radiantly you! While I am not at all against using lighting, make up or styling to help bring out the best in you, I have learned that we gain a lot of confidence and can portray a much more honest and accurate image of ourselves and what we have to offer, when we feel safe, honoured and heard.
I had a lovely time with my friend, Rachel Sanders. http://rachelsanders.com/about/
We walked up to a local cafe in our neighbourhood, sat and talked over tea, then meandered through the streets and parks back home.
Cafe Conversations are 1 to 2 hours
A variation of a candid available light / studio style session / interview. We meet in a cafe of your choice that has good available light, nice windows, we talk about what you do, how you feel about how you look and show up in the world.
It’s a great way to create safe place to express, show some vulnerability, let your unique personality, expressive style, and story shine. Who are you? What do you do? Why do you do it?
10-15 high res large files $55 to $125 sliding scale
Posted on November 11, 2015
Fall Mini Photo Play Sessions
I’ve really been enjoying doing these. Fall is such fantastic time for family photos with Mama nature’s last colourful display before Vancouver’s rain takes over and Winter arrives, the earlier sunset offering it’s golden glow, and the brisk air inviting warm jackets, scarves and fuzzy hats, and a good reason to runs around and then get cuddly and warm! :) I’m grateful for all the lovely families, large and small, each one unique, that I get to meet and photograph. The fast, fun pace, tied in with the invitation to play, run, jump, brings us all together having fun and offers some pretty delightful images. My aim is to capture you and your family at ease, having fun, naturally close, and engaged with each other in a way that is more natural rather than posed. I hope you like what you see. If you are interested in capturing some lovely memories like these, contact me at http://www.facebook.com/applestarphoto
What makes a great candid family portrait? I feel that its more than just a nice picture of the whole family, with everyone smiling and looking their best. Who are you as a family? How to you connect to each other? How do you who love? What if one of you feels awkward in front of the camera? Or what about if you have many family members, or your child is shy or won’t sit still?
I feel that a good family photo session allows for the family to express itself naturally. In short 15 to 20 minute sessions how can that happen? How can I capture a genuine sweetness and natural togetherness of a family small or large? For me space to explore is needed, a beautiful and inspiring setting, and freedom to move, especially for the little ones or shy pre teens to approach and gain trust or ease in a way that suits them. Play is important, using your body, moving away from your family, doing your own thing, regathering to hug, play, joke around. I sometimes try to explain that I’m like a wildlife photographer who specializes in the human animal, with a special fondness for children and youth. I have worked with children as a nanny and tutor as well for over 20 years. I have learned from both research and many hours with kids and families that we all thrive when we’re having fun, whether thats learning, trying something new, or getting over some fears, shyness or hurdles. Photo Play Sessions are all about this! Working with children over the years, one of the things I have loved most is watching them shine, watching their eyes sparkle as they come alive engaged in something they love, watching them gain trust as the adults in their life really listen, really show interest in what they care about….all this has added to my photographic style. I hope you like it.
What happens after play is amore relaxed pose, where hopefully each member of the family can really sit comfortably with who she or he is, and the family bonds show up naturally. Everyone feels good, and therefore looks good too. Beautiful, natural, candid shots, as well as some sweet stolen treasures!