With a Welsh lockdown looking likely for next Friday I'm wondering if we're ever going to get a grip on COVID-19. We have to get through it... we really have no other choice but speaking personally I’m beginning to feel quite isolated right now and I know so many are facing job losses & closures so I really am thankful that working in social care ❤ I do still have a job.
Right now times are so uncertain for everyone. How are you feeling about everything? Are you adapting well or are you struggling & stressed out? We all need to roll with the punches, that’s a fact but it’s also nice to get a break from all of the drama of Covid.
So what has been your saving grace during lockdown? What do you do to make the most outta this somewhat complicated and confusing situation? Does keeping your social network tight help? Or do you love spend time with your family? Have you started a new hobby or Taken up some new kind of education? I’d love to know in the comments here or just send me a DM I reply to every one! :)
Stay safe! Yve x :)
Image of the welsh hills. #landscape
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 or went with and 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 so it's absolutely your responsibility to create.
My direction has changed a few times over the last 6 years and as an artist I think it's a natural progress one which enables us to pave our own way authentically.
Because ultimately authenticity is what sets our work apart & thus makes it completely original and unique in its own right. Don't be afraid of going your own way. Don't be afraid of what people think or how many likes you're getting. Break the mould, do something different.. the world 🌎 is waiting for your gift. Don't waste time. Carpe diem baby 🌠
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#mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #direction #thoughts
#thoughts #inspire #inspiredaily #inspirational #carpediem #selfcare #selfdevelopmentjourney
#selfie #selfmade #createyourlife #createandcultivate #createyourreality #selflovejourney #creative #beintentional
How all of our "new & shiny things all fade with time"
Are we are all chasing that "something shiny"? Nothing ever lasts forever. So I ask you.. what can actually get better with age?
A nice bottle of red wine?. A marriage?.. Or should the message be that all all.. shiny things fade away? Okay... but does that really make them any less shiny?
I suppose it depends on the value of something. Or the beauty in the eyes of the beholder more so. So by value I don't mean the price I mean the deeper sense of the word, when something is valued truly it is cherished.
Something that is just bought can be thrown aside and it doesn't really warrant the same kind of care or charm as something that is valued.
So what am I saying? I know that I really want my photography work to be "valued" and to be "cherished" I want my clients to have something special, to give them a bit more. Something that they look forward to opening & viewing. Something that leaves a lasting impression of love and quality.. Something that even with time, they will cherish the same. Something almost Ageless maybe.
Here's to the last months of 2020. Let them all be overflowing with value. Yve x
2015 blog I still stand by these words in 2020.
In this fast-moving life full of stresses and burnout.. Pandemics, social distancing and isolation I think it's easy to feel a little frustrated.
As much as you try to have a PMA 24/7 let's just get real.. nobody can sustain a cheerful disposition every second of every day. We all have highs and lows right, thank God for both as both offer an opportunity for either enjoyment! or some growth. But yeah on the flip side I'm sure there are people out there who absolutely disagree with me.. this conversation really isn't for them types of people 🙃😜 moving on.. let me just say im wide open for friendly debate but absolutely won't entertain anyone looking to vent frustrations in my direction. Take that elsewhere aint nobody got time for that.
So if you're still with me, It just got me thinking.. As I'm scrolling Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn checking my emails, texts & Whapp messages (there are literally a million ways to keep in touch) with the endless ways reaching out to people all around us what actually, truly fulfills us?
What I'm seeing a lot of recently are targeted adds. On one hand It's actually nice.. im being shown new things, undeniably interesting for me! You too if you like jewellery and hair and beauty products, it's stuff i like but it's beginning to get so irritating.
Every which way we are all being targeted and sold to. Marketing.. knowing what makes us stop scrolling is money? Understanding the psychology of sales is money. A product needs to capture our interest pretty much immediately and long enough to watch a video or read an article to hook us.
And you know well, i digress completely. What i want to actually know is how to feed people. Genuinely. How to to leave people a little more full than empty. When I post my content it's not about sales. It would be nice to know that somebody took something positive away with them. One tiny thing.
I decided to Google "what gives emotional pleasure" my search results came up with a load of articles on over "emotional eating!." I thought okkkk i need to rephrase that obviously it's not "niche" enough. So I searched "What emotionally gives people pleasure" now before we get all x-rated on this, this is a family post so let's keep things clean.. 😜
Lindsay Gibson, Psy.D. says..
"Emotional pleasure restocks your inner shelves, so you'll be ready for the future. There's nothing frivolous about it: for a small investment, it brings huge psychological and physical benefits.
"Pushing ourselves without regular infusions of pleasurable pastimes sets us up for emotional exhaustion. This is what the old expression, "A change is as good as a rest," means. Our brains require interludes of enjoyment, allowing us respites from the pressure of stress and preventing burn out."
Ahhhh yes.. Preventing burnout. If I need to be completely honest right now I think I've been extremely close to burnout so I can 100% empathise here which is why I guess this topic interests me.
If I felt close to burnout then the chances are then a lot of people around me have also felt this way or are even feeling this way right now. I can't be alone here. So how can I learn more about this.. How can I even help to alleviate potential burnout for not only myself but for others too? At the end of the day I am a Photographer I'm a Healthcare worker I'm a daughter a sister an auntie and a friend.. i provide photography services.. But I'm also inspired by art and inspirational quotes, motivational enriching, nourishing kind of things but I also need my healthy relationships.
So I'm sat here just thinking to myself, life is short. Life is fleeting. We never know how much time we've actually got in this world. So what I wanna do is to in some way add some type of genuine value to people's news feeds and lives.
Which leads me to what gives people pleasure? So let's start with makes people feel good..
A sip of coffee in the morning?
A hug off your child?
Oh come on i can't forget our furry friends, your dog/your cat.. Ok goldfish.. your pet hamster whatever choice of companion.
What about a long hike amongst some amazing landscapes?
Thanks bro for sending me this awesome picture just now. Want some Popcorn? 🍿
Ahhh I think my friend we just need to kick back and relax. Smile more. Laughter has to be the best medicine! Laughter has been proven to decrease stress hormones it increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies! thus improving your resistance to different kinds of diseases. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals so really what more is there to say here?..
If suffering burnout, social isolation, stress and frustration and that Spa day, Cinema pass, trip to a City Art gallery, Museum or your favourite Gig is put on hold during COVID-19 pandemic then there is really one powerful infection-fighting thing you can reach for right now, this second! without spending a single penny!
We all just need to laugh.. Laugh with me now! Just for the sheer joy of it!.... Yes it may appear a little crazy.. people seeing you laughing wildly to yoself.. or heck! They might even join you. But you know I'm 100 percent sure I read somewhere once that Laughter is also very catching so I'd rather be spreading Laughter around than the corona virus, you know what I mean.
So let's release some endorphins, kick back and LOPO. Laughter is the best medicine. 😜🙃🤣😘🙂🙌👍
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
#findyourstyle #style #doyouboo
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
#covid19 #coronaviruspandemic #isolation #isolationlife #bubble #reachout #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #strength #strengthinnumbers #family #thoughts #mondaythoughts #mondays #smilemore #carpediem
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!
#giveback #nature #humanity #nature
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.
#quotes #quotedaily #quotestoliveby
📸 by moi 🌌 the moon and Venus on the 14th September 2020.
#shine #shineyourlight #shinelove #love #loveiseverything
#loveiscreation #createyourlife #createandcultivate #fillyourcup #overflow #photography #yourwales #GogleddCymru #igerscymru #pictureearth #northwales #wales
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! 🐝🌺
Canon 5d mark iii
100mm 2.8 @ F6.3
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#pollinator #pollinators #bumblebee #bee #naturelovers #canon #northwales #wales #lovenature #earthlens #photo #nature #namaste #hello #friend #bee
Revisiting some of my favourite natural light portraits. This is Golden hour with Elz
Within you is the light of a thousand suns.
– Robert Adams
Location: Talacre beach
#photography #portrait #womanempowerment #feeling #naturallight #goldenhourlight #sunsetphotography📷 #sunsetportrait #sunsetportraits #mood #peace #soulconnection #portraitphotographers #northwalesportraits #northwalesphotography #talacre #talacrebeach
A picture may paint a thousand words, but what story does a blank canvas tell? That’s easy, whatever you choose!
I prefer to tell stories through pictures 📸 but if I could channel my inner Bob Ross, I’d paint a colorful abstract piece symbolizing our connection with each other and nature 🎨🌍🌿
Your life is a blank canvas... you get to choose what story to tell, so grab your paint brush and start painting! YL x (It's only the story of your life...) 😄💃🕺📸🌿
#expression #lockdown #creative #arts #inspired #naturallightphotography #nature
Who’s feeling brave today? Can you handle a reality check? How many things that you’ve moaned about today are part of the life you dreamed of yesterday? I know I’m guilty of taking for granted just how far I've come...
From starting at rock bottom an scraping to buy my camera and then learning how to actually use that camera. Hour upon hour of hard work.. long nights, commitment and dedication. The last 6xyears have seen some of the biggest changes to date in my life and now we face this recent COVID-19 virus outbreak. Absolutely everything has ground to a halt. (Or has it??..) Well 📸 the great thing about photography is that you can take it pretty much anywhere.
I have no sunset spring shoots to look forward too right now.. but there's always the Summertime! But you know what? Regardless of everything that's going on right now, one things fosho. Your life is so much bigger than this moment right now, but this moment can also be the biggest breakthrough in your life. It's all about perspective.
Taking stock and having that breather is in fact a God send. It teaches us that what we thought was important is not actually that important after all. So what is important? I guess it's important to trust the process and believe that in this moment of waiting, isolation and quarantine.. this is preparing you for something far greater than you ever anticipated.
All we need is perspective, friends! The little agonies are just a blip in the radar of the ecstasy that's coming!
Dreamers keep on dreamin..
Hustlers.. hustle (or.. just put your feet up for a min) tomorrow is still coming.
#skydreamin #photography #northwales #northwalesphotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #skyphotography #sky #clouds #atmosphere #environment #getinspired
Maybe, in light of all that's recently happening.. the most reassuring thing right now is knowing that if we manage to self isolate successfully then we can hope to get through this #COVID-19 pandemic as soon and as safely as humanly possible.
What are you doing to get through your days? Are you looking on the bright side right now or are you worried? How are you managing these recent major changes to lifestyle? Do you embrace it or do you hate every second?
I'm continuing to work Fulltime for Mencap Cymru in order to provide fulltime support for vulnerable adults with a learning disability. I'm part of a vast network of colleagues who join together to provide this quality healthcare service directly for vulnerable people and I'm privileged to join hands with all of the other key, vital industries which enable this country to keep ticking over.
The NHS I think we can all agree is on the absolute frontline and we all are so grateful of the fantastic work the NHS provides for each of us.
It's work as normal for me and i really wouldn't have it any other way. In these extreme times it really makes me so grateful that i work with such an amazing team and our manager is fully supportive as is the immediate local authority. We are together, united #togetherstronger
Are you continuing to work or are you recently learning how to navigate a recent work shutdown? What sector are you working in? Have you got any good thoughts about the situation we are currently facing? I'd love to know what you think in the comments. Yve xoxo 🙌
#managingcovid #covid_19 #covidepidemic #epidemic #covidvirus #coronaapocalypse
#coronaviruspandemic #light #lightupthedark #photography #northwales #northwalesphotography #beachdays #beachlandscape #lighthouse #lighthouses #lighthousesofinstagram
This’ll be fun: You’re taking a 6-month, solo vacation to a desert island to escape the Corona virus.
Pick a food, a drink and a single form of entertainment you’ll bring along!
I’ll start: I’m going with.. Avocados, malbec red wine an iTunes loaded with absolutely everything because music makes my life full an nothing goes better with all-day Avocado Malbec breakfast than an all-day dance party 🎶🎵
Ok, you go! What would you take to a deserted island? 🗺️ ⛅
Where you at, where you at? 🎶
#skiesthelimit #cloudscape #cloud9
#photography #northwales #nature #earth #atmosphere #environment #sky #ourearthisamazing #amazingsky #amazingview #fun #tellme #justplayin #share
I didn’t learn who Bob Goff was until recently and let me tell you, his practice of letting go of something every single Thursday that doesn’t serve him (like sugar, negative people, even his JOB) shows extreme commitment and courage. In the spirit of Bob Goff’s method, today... Sunday 1st March 2020 I’ll be saying peace out to overwhelm...
I’m sure it will be an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to pursuing my lifelong passion without confusion, negative self talk and wasted energy. Are you ready to let go of something, too?
Drop it in the comments so we can hold each other accountable! Life is so bigger than the things that may be holding you back. Carpe diem baby YL x
#peaceout #overwhelmed #overwhelm #saygoodbuytooverwhelm #sundaythoughts #doyou #movingfoward #mylifestory #lookafteryourheart #freedomis #letgoofwhatnolongerservesyou
What ignited my desire to pursue photography?
Well as I've said before.. I came across a photographer online wayyy back in around 2011, her name is Jasmine Star. She is now my coach and mentor and inspires me in a whole different arena. More business and development over aesthetic, although I love her style! It's clean and fresh. But wayy back when she used to shoot engagement sessions I came across her work then and you know.. something about her images then, they just moved me. I connected with them instantly.
They gave me a feeling of "possibility".. I saw creativity and I felt the mood and expression. Since then probably.. literally 100's of photographers and artists have inspired me, and I continue to find new works which open my eyes further.
That feeling I have when I view certain, different pieces of art or i find an artist I absolutely fall in love with and resonate with.. you can't describe the feeling, it just is. I knew.. back then then that my connection to visual art was real as it threw oxygen to the flame that was already burning inside me. I've been exploring that ever since.
Image after image, my skills have grown & blossomed. It didn't happen over night and as I learned to find my own eye, feel & mood.. I have felt more and more connected to what I'm doing. It's all about trial, error, growth & development and like I always say! It's all a work in progress.
But don't you love that about photography/art? No two pieces are ever the same but you do get series or bodies of work as you create you get to see them emerge over the weeks, months & years. What's your why?
Here's to finding your 🧿
Happy Monday friends! How are you creating and innovating today? 🕊
I aim to try and do one new thing each day.. I said aim! I mean I'm human, I sometimes don't reach my goals, but you know what? I aim too. (There's a quote there somewhere) 🌙🌌
Some days may be like that ⬆️ but you will ALWAYS have other days when your energy or time is much less restricted, so those are the days you can "get your things DONE".
We all have aims, goals, objectives, dreams & desires. So what can move you closer?
I work by the philosophy of doing just 1x thing which moves me closer to my goal. So that's like...
That 1x phone call you just need to make.
That 1x piece of research you just need to do. That 1x new connection you just made.
1x new inspiration for the day.
You get it.. "That one thing"
(so if we say "aim" to do just 1x thing each day.. then that's 366 (potential) new things this year! with this extra day this leap year)
366 potential new experiences..
366 potential new reasons for growth and development..
366 potential changes or support to your community or charity.
366 day of believing that the 🌍 is your oyster (because it IS)
Carpe diem baby.. 🙌
#mondaymotivation #photography #northwales #potential #stillirise
We are all on our own paths.. the path of self discovery, finding our spirituality, growing, learning and developing from life’s experiences. As one chapter ends another begins. That’s life. Gratitude is something I try and practice regularly, be it taking a deep and full breath of air, enjoying a shower or savouring some food there is always something to appreciate. Finding the light in everyday tasks I think leads to a real sense of happiness and it’s surprising how people get burned out, stressed out and are surrounded by frustration.
Finding the light is a state of being, a state where anger and frustration can’t touch you & your worries are absent for a time. Finding the light is finding your state of peace. Finding your balance in this high driven, competitive world.
In fact I read that; “Scientific research on stress and anxiety offers various perspectives. The increasing pace of life, rushed and competitive lifestyles mean that stress is an integral part of human life. A person in a state of adapting to stress shows behavioral defenses. This leads to changes in one’s cognitive processes and emotional landscape. Stress is a well-known contributor to mood, mental disorders, and suicide risk. Stress is a term often used synonymously with negative life experiences, or life events. The long persistence of an overloading condition, in this case, stress, ultimately leads to mental health disturbances or the appearance of disease”
So being in a state of stress is literally like a silent killer affecting multiple areas of your life. Personally I dipped in and out of self help books over my teens and 20’s. Learning colour therapy, crystal meanings, Reiki, angel readings and stories, learning meditation.. I had a deep love of native American ways, what captivated me was their connection to the earth and wildlife around them to a great spirit Wakan Tanka or Buddhism.. you name it I explored it.
So this long road of awakening was a gradual process for me of learning and exploring what i naturally gravitated towards. It wasn’t until I came back around full circle, back to my Christian roots that I started to feel a deeper peace and understanding. A deeper connection to God. God however that looks for you, be it a universal life force energy, or one of the many religious beliefs or maybe you have no belief at all! You know.. it really doesn’t matter. What matters is you staying authentic to your heart, mind and your soul. For me the world is more interesting with an array of beliefs. It’s the spice of life.. it makes things interesting an It makes people alluring. We are all complex and unique that’s what makes life so intriguing.
Embrace your light.. however that takes shape for you, whichever form it creates. It’s interesting.. boomshakalaka.
Hope you’re having a great week! YL
About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water, the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water 🌊 Water exists in the #air as vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers.
💧 About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day's food for a family of four. ...
💧 70% of the human brain is water. ...
💧 Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average Western adult.
#photo Yvette Louise
Black and White
Just loved playing with editing styles for this cutie. I layered different sky overlays and a winter nature shot to give texture🌬
#blackandwhiteportrait #inspire #art #bnw #bnwportraits #womanempowerment #express