What would you have done differently last year if you knew that 2020 would be the year that the world 🌎 basically shut down and ground to a halt... second lockdown coming this Thursday in my local county of Flintshire, I guess aside from being safe it's getting more and more important to re-evaluate our lives and what really matters.
(Well if you're anything like me, it is!)
Although I really don't need much of an excuse to "evaluate things"... for me it's any excuse to dive deep into some deep thinking, I'm there right down the rabbit hole i go.. But you know it's really the little things that make the biggest difference. You can plan your life to a T, work, aim and hustle but receiving a simple message just to say "Hiya, I'm just checking in with you.. How are you? How's things?" That is the precious stuff right there. It’s Love, friendship & Community those are the game changers. And that's what makes life for me all the more sweeter.
Thinking about it, i'm so, so glad I got to see Rome and Prague last year (when I did) Where in the world do you love? or want to visit, explore or to travel to next? We all have to dream.. plan and aim don't we! But more so we really, really need to believe that we're gonna see the back of this pandemic very soon an all make it through safely, together. Here's to our futures, may they be filled with amazing sights, full of adventures, filled with love, community.. good food and plenty of meaningful moments. 🙏🙌🙂
"We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
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Style, what is it? And how do I create it authentically..
We all have our own taste that's a fact. But equally we can all have quite similar tastes, be inspired quite easily by other artists, creatives & various individual's in life. Just look at the tiktok platform, TikTok literally gives the creator a unique opportunity to share skills & inspiration, how-to's, recipes... all sorts of things.
if you didn't know how to do "art" watch some TikToks and basically I'm 100% sure you could give something a whirl and get some pretty good results. It's a great platform to learn new skills, get inspired, or have a laugh.
Style- is defined as
1. a particular procedure by which something is done a manner, a way.
2 a distinctive appearance typically determined by the principles according to Which something is designed.
We all have a style, whether we like it or not we have a style. From the clothes we wear, the colours we love, the foods we eat, our hairstyle. Our choice of manicure or lack of it all reflects our own unique personal style.
Style is an opportunity to explore things that interest you. Just because.
At the moment I am loving Shadows, I'm pinning all sorts of images on Pinterest photos taken of various Shadows. The shadow of a palm tree on a white wall for eg.. There's just something about that, that really resonates with me and I love. I love the colour blue, what colours do you love? I also love White and clean, minimalist feels.. I really love minimal. But it's so much more than that, it's the romantic, grey, stone steps with a side sea view with a pop of Magenta from the crawling plant at the side of the building.. or it’s the large, floor to ceiling glass panels and windows in a city skyscraper. Certain aspects can really inspire, and they are the style. Whoever built those stone steps, built them to a particular visual aesthetic he or she liked. The architect who drafted the plans to the windows of the skyscraper building in the city was influenced by what inspires them.
How do you define your photographic Style? It has been a question on my mind for years. I always thought.. I need a style, what is my style? The fact is that I've always had a style whether I like it or not I had a style. My Style has been ever-evolving, what my style is now is not the same as it was the first time i snapped a portrait.
Style is something that you can control, but you can't necessarily control how people will react to it. Once you've created something, it's completely out of your hands how people feel about it. Love it or hate it, we all have our own tastes, thoughts and opinions. So essentially, it's important that as creators, photographers, artists 🎨 we create work that's authenticity for us. And hope that it touches the right hearts and minds. Our "style" will radiate at some point and it's completely out of our hands as to who our work attracts or influences.
Things that you can do/use to get inspired;
Share with me your favourite styles.. I'd love to see! Chat in the comments below or DM me.
Have fun! Yx
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So I had the best summer this year. Time away with my brother's kids (my family bubble) it was almost like COVID-19 took a real backseat and with all of the stress and pressure from earlier on this year being a healthcare, keyworker it's been business as normal for me, like so many of us.
I found that the previous months stresses all kinda dissolved into oblivion over two wonderful, hot summery weeks in August. I met someone.. Someone who was really quite special and I mean how can you even begin to meet new people now during a COVID-19 pandemic? let alone “go on a date” or anything. I've been off the circuit now for around 10 years... ten loooong years! divorced I've been lodging with my family so I mean it's not exactly ideal circumstances here or honestly even been anything that’s really even been on my mind to be honest with you. I think i resigned myself to the fact that I'm single, that's just how it is now.
People use Tinder.. mobile dating apps etc. all the time but honestly that kind of stuff just really isn't me. I have friends that it's worked for, one friend is now engaged so I'm in no way questioning that it's not a legitimate or even a really great way to connect with and meet new people but I guess what it is for me, is that I'm really quite a shy person deep down. So it just makes me feel quite nervous and a recipe for anxiety putting myself out there. My view is.. that if something is really truly destined for you then it will happen! It’s as Simple as that.
Well it happened to me in August.. sparks were flying, electricity all of the good stuff. It felt so good. A few drinks over a socially distanced kinda evening. Romeo.. let’s just call him that because when we met I was literally talking to him from the caravan decking which is kinda high up and resembles some kind of balcony. So anyway.. I'm gradually getting to know Romeo around my family no less 👀 my parents, cousin and auntie were all around and about, all asking the odd question regarding the newly found next door connection. all which is only a little awkward right, everyone watching you.. you feel almost like a goldfish in a bowl even with their best and most absolute loving intentions.
That mixed with the usual kind of scary mixed feelings you get anyway when meeting someone brings to light a few insecurities mixed with the marriage of so many positive and amazing feelings from the off. Let's get one thing straight I haven't gotten physically close to anybody for a long minute... so these feelings are all very, very new. I found myself in the mix of excitement and happiness then thinking things like.. why would even like me? etc.
So Romeo an I went for a walk one day, it was pouring down. and he said to me something along the lines of "what have you been doing with your life" an innocent question but one that made me think.. well not travelling the world like you.. He shared how he'd travelled for years and I just found myself self thinking.. (Really.... What have I done with my life???) The last 10 years, I got married.. I wanted to start a family, which we never did. But all i wanted really was to settle down and I guess have that "happily ever after" However that didn't happen obviously... and I really have no regrets about that. I’m glad I chose to get divorced as my previous relationship had run it’s course.
I started my photography journey a year after I got married, so it was around 2013 so in between my full-time job as a learning disability support worker I would spend all of my free time dedicated to improving my photography skills and building myself up as a new business. Essentially... I would work full time and then all of my spare free time went into content creation, clients etc , hustling, grafting, creating.. and building up my experience.
In between I got a puppy, cats and yes I guess my life has been largely focused on work. The last few years I’ve tried to have a more work life balance so I’ve spent more time with friends, family and also time visiting art galleries, museums, places of interest etc. I took a city trip to Rome and Prague last year which I'm so glad I did given the COVID-19 crisis now. I wanted to travel. My entire life i wanted to travel. But it didn't really happen as i planned it.
Walking on the beach he held my hand, we chatted some small talk and then when we were leaving he announced that I was his girlfriend. Or his “new Mrs” whatever lingo used to describe us. Again this was all totally new for me.. Am I now a girlfriend??? I was confused.. i have questions.. but honestly i was happy with it. More than happy with it I think I was over the moon actually. It felt a lot like love. But wait.. things like this only happen in the movies right?
Anyway.. this is where the romance kind of went a bit pear-shaped. We went back to the caravan and he said to me, are you going to have lunch with your mum? probably just him being really, really considerate putting my mum first. I mean who doesn't love a guy like that. But Oh nooo, ohhh no.. I felt kind of rejected. Confused, rejected. Like, my feelings were, we have so little time together anyway and now he's ditching me to have a solo lunch. Why doesn't he want to eat with me? I thought in my mind, this is it.. nothing is ever perfect. This is his way of telling me that he wants space.
And you know, my defence mechanism has always been to run. flight. Run away. Suddenly I had this urge just to up and leave. I thought he isn't that eager to spend time with me.. (even though you and I know in hindsight that he was probably being very considerate and really probably very sweet) I thought right then... I'm going shopping, like Peter in the Bible who said.. “that's it! I go a fishing” Basically that was my escape. and something along the lines of... I'm not waiting around for some guy to ask me to do something. Owchhhhh. WTF. Who is this person?
Talk about wrong footing. Yeah that's where it all kinda went a bit pear-shaped. And really it was kinda downhill from there...
It's a shame I really could be telling you a completely different story right now, but the truth is. I'm a hot mess really... who’s no good at navigating new relationships. But equally, you know what springs to mind a quote from Marilyn Monroe. It reads, “ I'm impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best” it’s as simple as that. We all have aspects of our characters that are a little quirky, even a little crazy but also sweet, loving, passionate and interesting. The truth is that we all have so much that we are juggling. Multiple work commitments, family life, etc. Dating in your late 30s during a covid pandemic is trickier than it seems.
But I still have faith that the right person is out there. God only knows really.. but if nothing else I’m trusting God. The one thing I'm So thankful for, is that I had the best summer with my niece and nephew, spent time with my family. The weather was so nice it was perfect beach weather. and I met a really special guy Romeo who I had a genuine connection with. It was a summer like no other, and it renewed my faith in love... as well as made me shed a tear or two, but like Rihanna sings.. “what’s love without tragedy” 🎶🎵🎶 Love you Romeo. Yx :)
Direction. knowing your direction you think that this itself would be simple. It isn't.
What I've found is that my direction is an accumulation of small events which I spontaneously created/arranged and then which lead me to where I am now.
It's the photo collaboration I was bold enough to pursue.. YES! it takes an element of boldness to create from nothing. Getting over your fear.. Getting over your pride.. Getting over yourself and just getting out there and doing the work.
Nobody is going to hand you anything. Ultimately the work you put out is what you attract, also as a creative you need that element of complete freedom to do your own thing which is something that when shooting for a client isn't necessarily as readily available as when you're shooting exclusively for yourself.
I mean you have freedom it's your work but when working with your client you are shooting for them, it’s for their portfolio, for their images so it's ALWAYS 95 percent for your client and 5% for you.
Another option would be to hook up with somebody to shoot as a “collaboration” this way, you really have so much more you can explore. This is a great opportunity for growth. It's the same when shooting self-portraits, it took me around 12 months of shooting myself over a few different locations to not be completely frozen in front of the camera or suffer some form of extreme anxiety. It was painful.. I’m not gonna lie!
Even now there is so much more I can and could do to explore more and push the boundaries. It's an ongoing process. Self portraiture took years to gradually get used to. I'm not even kidding you!! For someone who loves taking pictures, I often use it as a platform for self expression it was a genuine challenge for me and one that I did struggle with. But after all of the struggle.. .. I ultimately made progress. And so can you. You can never compare yourself to other people because your kind of “progress” will be different to somebody else’s kind of progress. What you struggle with they may find easy! but likewise on the flip side, what they struggle with! you might find really easy, so never compare yourself.
Direction is not always linear. Direction can be higgledy piggildy, round and about.. But it's ultimately always achieving “progress” You’re learning, growing and evolving.
My direction has changed a few times over the last 6 years and as an artist I think it's a natural progress for us, one which enables us to pave our own way authentically.
Because ultimately authenticity is what sets our work apart & makes it completely original. Yve x
Seeing the world 🌎 through a new perspective. Or "filtering"
I chose a loooong, long time ago to fill my mind with thoughts that are gonna lift me up & nourish me & find people who speak strength, INSPIRE change & radiate love.
So at a low moment you gotta make a choice, like you choose to protect your eyes from the sun by just wearing some UV glasses the same goes with your mind. We have gotta choose to filter out any negativity from around us and also from our own self talk!
I've always been a lover, I may not be perfect and I've done some things I regret, like I'm sure you have! But here's the thing.. my Good far outweighs my bad, like yours.. and anyone telling you different or that they've never made any mistakes or had troubles is frankly walking the fake path of holier-than-thou.
The thing is this.. your mistakes do not define you any more than you give them life or power to do so. Your negative thoughts, or thoughts of not being "enough" "not pretty enough".. "not knowing enough" "not working out enough" and "eating too many donuts enough 😜"
Also for the people you find trying to rub your nose in your flaws... please babe, this says Wayy, Way more about them, than it does about you! (by the way)
Friend.. shaking off the dust and filtering the crap out of our lives is not being blind to the fact that problems do exist and are out there!.. We are just choosing our own visions and the way we look at the 🌎 It matters!
Choosing to surround ourselves with enriching moments and people is a way of filtering & protecting our minds from any negativity. I choose to fill my space with good energies 🙏✨
Choosing our thoughts should be like choosing true friends. 😘
I choose Love 💌 Yve x
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Lodging with my family after my divorce has been a blessing during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I really feel for the people that live alone, having done a family holiday this summer I decided to have a week on my own at the beginning of September.. imagining all kinds of peace, tranquility and opportunity for introspection, book reading, relaxing and just overall rejuvenation of spirit I actually found i had the complete opposite experience!
I was lonely.. it was too quiet.. left alone in isolation with ones own thoughts is okay for a while, but after a few days I believe it can have the opposite effect.
We are all naturally social creatures, humanity i mean which is why when they put the hardest and most cruel criminals into isolation it reduces them to a crying mess.
As the Bible says, no (wo)man should be alone. As this new wave of pandemic hits us, hold tightly on to your immediate bubble. Reach out to friends online, community is everything. We are stronger, happier and more fulfilled when we're together. I'm here for you friend. Yve x #togetherstronger
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Can I be honest with you? Many people assume I am a photographer because I am passionate about photography... Although that is one reason! I really do what I do because it allows me to give back to what really matters.
There are a million reasons why I love to do what I do, but this (below) is what really lights me up. Was this piece of honesty “too real” or do you like to see “behind the curtain” of my business? Send me a DM and let me know!
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Saw this quote today so thought I'd share! It's so, so true. Regardless of anything that happens to you, love is all that matters.
"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation"
Love people even if they hurt you.
Love people even if they hate on you,
Love your life,
Love the opportunities you have,
Love your opportunity for growth,
Love the gift of waking up this morning 🌄
Love your Freedom,
Love the mistakes you make for they teach you again and again,
Love your ability to choose love over hate.
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📸 by moi 🌌 the moon and Venus on the 14th September 2020.
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You'll find me sharing content that Inspires me & I Feel Passionate about Such as.. the Arts, Climate, Animal Welfare & Human Rights. I also 💛2 take Pictures
I'm always looking for the people who share their heart, their dreams, their vision in a unique way. People who share their 🌍 without fear. People not afraid to speak up on matters that are important to them. People whose spirit is as compassionate as it is fierce. People who inspire change and a new vision for the world. An if we can throw in some exciting ventures along the way then.. 😃
You can connect with me via any one of these
Sometimes you only have words.. there are only so many online courses you can download and start to do. Only so many news articles you can read.. Only so many photos you can click through on Instagram without thinking, where do I actually fit in here????? In/On this net plethora of online global network connections & constant drop feeding of information.
The net is a BIG and vast place. It's a place for inspiration, entertainment, knowledge, comedy.. heartbreaking articles about real life tragedies and animal welfare abuse cases. News about female genial mutilation, domestic abuse cases and many human rights violations.
The internet is FULL of difficult issues that are currently going on and going on, on a global scale. From the destruction of the Amazon rainforest to Yemens war torn famine and disease. I can't help but wonder what more CAN I DO about this??????
I sometimes just feel so powerless. No matter the volume of articles I share, petitions I sign and tweets I make tagging the UN, the UN secretary general António Guterres & our own prime minister Boris, linking into charities and organisations it alllllll seems too fall on deaf ears. (Anyone listening)
What's a girl gotta do to be taken serious around here???
Right now all I have are words.
We're all in covid-19 lockdown, many of us are getting drunk (my hand has been up) and thinking up new Tiktok challenges or just watching Tiktok.. (yes?) I love the home styling tips and watching the challenges btw.
Tiktok seems to be the best entertainment lately! I can't get to the beach with my dog but shopping wise Amazon has done really well out out of me recently! Amazon is fastly becoming our go-to shopping outlet (especially in a lockdown situation) I normally buy my essential oils, fitness ball and lately I just ordered two flower crowns..? (Because you know.. it's nedded)
Photography has been the best way for me to relax.. create new content & share online for the way I see it, in my mind if my content just touches one single person and it makes them feel good then I have done my job.
As an art lover and creative, I know that seeing things that inspire me, makes me feel better.. even if "for a moment" In this world of constant information bombardment maybe sometimes all we need is some little snippet of inspirational visual content to relax our minds?
Now I'm not saying my content is for everyone.. but for that one person, that's what counts.
As I'm sharing a little piece of my world with you right now if you in any way wanna say hi back, or share your thoughts and leave a comment below then please do so! I'd love to hear from you & know where you're from. :) Namaste, Yve :) x
Hope you're having a Beee-utiful day! 🐝🌺
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