Self Portrait

One of the hardest things a photographer can do is turn the camera around and take a photo of themselves.

Currently part of a year long mentorship with Kirsten Lewis, for the month of January, we dove into us, who we are, outside of being photographers. It involved asking friends and family about who we were. It involved journal prompts and photographing ourselves with many trial and errors. Overall we came up with two uniquely different self portraits. See below for the story behind my self portrait. I’ll let Aimee share hers.

I have heard people talk about losing your identity once you become a mom. And to be honest, I probably have. I’m so far into this mothering gig that I don’t know who I am. But have I really lost my identity? Or have a transformed and adapted to the tasks, life and person I am now? Most words that describe me, describe how I mother my children, make decisions, that are usually based on or around them. Do I love that? No. Am I going to embrace it? Yes. For now, I am a busy, stay at home mother to five beautiful children. The responsibly is great and the laundry is piled high, but I’m going to make the most of it. I want to spend my days loving on these limbs and being creative while doing it.

creative edmonton mother does laundry with her kids

I challenge you to create a self portrait with your DSLR or iphone. It can feel foreign or uncomfortable at first, but play around with it. See a recent instagram post for a step by step guide to taking a self portrait.

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    Our January – The Hobbs Farm

    January was a month spent at home, with most days someone in the family sick. We celebrated the twins turning four with just us and then friends and family. We had 30+ goats join the herd. Throughout the process I am in charge of checking the goats every three hours during the weekdays and Travis on the evening and weekends. If a goat was born we monitor the progress, aid if necessary, which is rare, and then make sure the mom and baby bond, again, aiding if necessary. We had one bottle fed baby that we happily sold to a loving family much to the twins dismay. I started the month with an intention of making pies, something I have never done and I managed two. And damn, they were good.

    Thanks for following along. You can find regular posts at The Hobbs Farm.

    Jenna xx

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      Learn How To Use Your DSLR ~ Beginner Photography Workshop

      boy holds long haired guinea pig in his bedroom for an environmental portraitWe’re excited to kick off our 2019 Workshops!

      First up is our Beginner DSLR Workshop.   If you have a DSLR that’s stuck in Automatic Mode or just doesn’t get used at all, this is your chance to really figure it out!

      We will be exploring your camera’s settings, with a focus on learning to make photos in manual mode.  We will also be diving into how to use light to your advantage and composition.

      A great mix of information and hands on activities.

      Date: February 23, 2019

      Time: 9am – 12pm

      Location: The Grain Shed Studio (6 miles west of Stony Plain, AB)

      Cost: $200 (Refer a friend, $175) +gst

      What you need:  camera, lens, charged battery, memory card, notepad and paper

      Great for anyone who’d like to learn to use their DSLR in a casual environmental.  And we have snacks!  ;)

      Email to sign up.

      We would love to have you!

      xx Aimee & Jenna

      little girl in flower crown outside in summer by Hobbs Photographygirl cuddling her cat by Hobbs Photography


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