Learn to shoot from the heart to create poetic imagery.
Follow Val Spring and Breeze Floyd as they cover emotion-led shooting. Over the course of this two week workshop, Val and Breeze will cover creative use of focal points, post processing, using a lensbaby as well as other alternative forms of shooting. They will discuss working with clients as well as documenting honest, every day moments. Over the course of three assignments, you will learn to let go of the rules and focus on capturing the emotion.
A PDF file will be provided at the end of the workshop with the content covered during the workshop.
$250 active seat/$200 silent seat
Update: Active seats are now sold out.
You MUST have an active Bloom Forum membership during the workshop.
first come, first served
A letter to my little girl who’s now five years old and no longer a preschooler
I’ve been writing this letter to you in my head for many months now and every time I thought about it, I got the tightest knot in my throat. I usually thought about it in the car on my way to pick you up from preschool, from the very preschool that your big sister went ever since she was just two years old. The one that since the beginning felt like I had finally found a place I could feel like you girls would feel at home, where every teacher pours their heart to make every kid feel safe and loved, and happy. I knew as soon as I walked in for the very first time, that that was the place where I wanted you girls to make your first school memories at, to remember your teachers and their smiles, and the music and colors and peace that is felt when you walk in. I love that preschool so much. I love that it’s all about playing and creating and having fun. They respect childhood so much in there.
I will never ever forget when Miss Janessa came running to me at pick up on one of your first days of toddler class and she had the biggest smile on her face and told me that you have had a great day, your very first great day at school after a few harder days in the beginning. Your first day with no tears and many smiles and then you came running to me with that same smile she was telling me about, the one that can light up anyones’ day, and ever since then, you felt at home there too.
We all made such strong friendships there. I can’t believe that era has come to an end. I can’t believe you are no longer a “little kid” that goes to preschool. It’s really so crazy how fast time has gone by ever since you were a baby. But you are still my baby and you will always be. And remember that you told me a few nights ago that you were always going to come to my bed to cuddle with me at bedtime, even when you are eighteen.
I know you are a little anxious about kindergarten, and so am I, but you are going to have a lot of fun and make great friends, just like you did in preschool. And you will still get a lot of playtime, both at school and at home, I promise that. You love to play and get lost in your own stories. You make the cutest, funniest stories ever. I love listening to them and watch you be a kid, so pure with such an incredible imagination and ability to crate and live so perfectly in the moment. I love and admire how you enjoy your childhood. I love you so very much, Olivia.
I also wanted to write you a little something for your birthday. I know it was in April, but am just now getting to write it.
Your turned 5!!! Happy birthday love! I love you so so incredibly much and even more. I love that you chose to have some family time in Leavenworth instead of having a big party. I love that your favorite thing is being with your family. I love having you in my life. You make my life a lot more colorful.
And here are a few things I asked you so we can read it together in many years and remember.
Best friend: Me (Mama)
Favorite color: Aqua
Favorite food: Candy
Favorite thing to do: Drink green tea and have chocolate with me and cuddle.
Favorite place to go: Leavenworth
Favorite toy: Pengui (You bring him with you to as many places as you can and sleep with him every night).
What do you want to be when you grow up?: A photographer
Your preschool besties are Lulu & Chloe
Your favorite book these days is “Tea with the queen” and Bob Books.
You still love your ballerina shoes that Abuelo Chechis got you last year in Vancouver. They have holes all over them but you still insist on wearing them.
Things you love: Dancing, and you are so incredibly good at it. You are such an expressive dancer. You love to draw, especially animals, people, flowers and hearts.
When you make me drawings you usually sign it saying. “To Val love From Olivia” and you make hearts all over.
You love Lola and you guys also fight like dogs and cats, but she;s your favorite.
I love you baby so so much and I can’t wait to continue watching you grow and teaching you and learning from you.
Continue the circle with my sweet friend Kirsty Larmour who has two incredibly adorable girls.
I’m back and today I wrote a letter to Lola. Her birthday letter. A few months belated.
You are nine years old. You’ve actually been nine for almost three months now. How did nine years and almost three months fly by so quickly? We were watching some of your baby/toddler videos the other day and it felt like you were that age just yesterday. I think about the moment I first held you in my arms and my life was changed right in that very second. I then felt as if the world had stopped everywhere else and everything was happening right in front of me. There was nothing else but you. And now I just can not believe that was nine whole years ago. Nine years since you’ve changed my life and my heart forever. Nine years since I’ve learned a whole new side of me and found out about a huge extra room in my heart that I had no idea existed. Nine years since I met this amazing baby girl who was more than ready to get out and start living so passionately. I love you in a way that you will only understand when you have your own babies. I can’t go to bed every night if I don’t re-tuck you in and make sure you are still cozy. I wake up eager to see your sleepy face and your messy hair and ready to hear your voice saying “good morning Mamma”.
Life has been busy. So very busy and sometimes I feel like I don’t get to savor each moment like I actually want to. I want to stop the clock and be able to keep you this little for longer. This was your last single digit birthday. This won’t happen again so I better slow down. I promise I am, because I know the clock won’t and I want to be able to remember moments vividly and not like vague memories. I want to live in the present and stop rushing. I want moments like the ones we had last night a lot more often. I want them on a daily basis. Thank you for opening my eyes. I love you so so much and I know how much you love me.
Last night (on Thursday) I laid down with you and we cuddled until we were deep asleep. We got to talk and laugh and stayed up later than usual because there was no school the next day and we were just having so much fun together. I’m so happy for that moment. It was just so perfect for us. We needed it. We barely ever get one on one time at home and we both really enjoyed every second of it. You told me “Mamma, this is exactly what home feels to me”. It filled my heart but also broke it in a way because I know that you and I haven’t had many of those moment lately and nothing I want more for you than to feel that way because that’s the feeling of happiness. I felt that very way too and I will make sure we get to spend a lot more one on one moments together because we both deserve it.
I wanted to write down some of your favorites now that you are nine.
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese, Baby Ravioles, Sushi
Favorite things to do: Unicycling. You ride your blue unicycle to and from school every day, and when we get home you always eat something and ask to go back out so you can keep unicycling. You are so happy when you ride it!
You also love to make dance choreographies, Rock Climbing and Sewing. Every time I pick you up from sewing you have the biggest smile on your face and you tell me all about it without me having to ask.
You love to read, you love swimming, you LOVE playdates
Favorite singers: Taylor Swift & One Direction
You love your friends so much and they love you too!
Favorite desert: Homemade chocolate covered strawberries.
You adore your 3rd grade teacher
What do you want to be when you grow up?: An artist. A singer and dancer. A designer.
I love you so much, Lolita. I’m so happy to be your Mom. Thank you for loving me and teaching me so much every day.
Continue the circle with the lovely Emma Wood.
Olivia turned 5 last week and she decided that she wanted to go out of town and spend a weekend in Leavenworth (one of her favorite places) instead of having a party. So we did and here are a few shots from the trip. Posting a few more than 10 today.
Please continue the circle with the lovely Robyn Oakenfold