As the year winds down, I’m finding myself caught up in a lot of mixed emotions. As you may have heard around the traps, the first draft of our Polaroid book is done. I am quite exhausted but very relieved to have come to this point. It’s been an emotional journey but one that I’ve loved being part of. We are happy to be at this point and ready to move on with the next step. Between now and then we have a little time to relax and spend some time with loved ones.
I’m finding that living in another country means I have to let go of some of my usual Christmas traditions. Vancouver is very Christmassy indeed and I love having Christmas in a wintery place. It just feels right. However, I’m away from my family and the usual Christmas happenings are not as they always are this year. One thing I’ve noticed is that going to look at Christmas lights is far more comfortable in 25 degree (celcius) weather. The Canadian tells me that feeling like your toes are going to fall off is all part of the experience. I’m not convinced.
The trees here are what Christmas is all about. I have felt like I was walking through a scene in a Christmas movie many times in the last month. Real Christmas trees in Australia come in one variety and choice is mostly about how tall you want it and which one has the smallest hole. In Vancouver, we have Noble and Grand Firs, Nordic Spruces and Scott Pines. So many to choose from. I am partial to the Nordic Spruces but we went with a fat little Grand this year because she smells so sweet. I absolutely adore my little tree despite her lack of decorations and garland which we are slowly collecting.
I’m spending the next few days catching up on Christmas movies, wrapping presents and making cookies. If you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and for those of you that don’t, I will see you back here next week.
As it is the season of giving, the lovely Irene Nam has asked me to host a give away. Irene is teaching a photography workshop called Simple Soulful Photography starting January 3rd. Along with some talented people, I will be sharing some of my experiences with photography in the workshop. Irene is giving away one spot in her amazing workshop to one lucky Mocking Bird reader. The class runs from January 3rd to January 29th.
The Simple Soulful Photography workshop (January 3-30) is a four-week online course complete with lessons, exercises and interviews that will inspire you to grow creatively, give you tools to achieve your vision and encourage you to express your authentic self. In a supportive and like-minded community of professional, aspiring and every day photographer, you will explore the connection between creativity and self-care, learn basics but essential techniques on composition and lighting as well as tips to help you discover what you can do with your camera and how to create the images that you want. The weekly lessons, exercises and interviews will also help you work the delicate balance between periods of growth and more challenging times, and encourage you to do what you love, and in doing it, to embrace, cultivate and express your most authentic self.
I’m beyond excited and honored that Amanda has accepted to be one of the guests for the January session, and happy to give away one registration spot to one of her readers.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me one reason why you would like to take a photography course. Leave your comment by Wednesday December 29th as I will announce the winner on the 30th. Thank you to Irene for offering such a wonderful opportunity to the Mocking Bird readers. Good luck!
EDIT: This offer is now closed. Thanks for entering! I will announce the winner tomorrow Thursday the 30th December. Stay tuned here and on twitter.