Wildflowers Photography http://wildflowersphotos.com Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:04:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Austin, TX March 2016 Workshop! http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/08/austin-tx-march-2015-workshop/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/08/austin-tx-march-2015-workshop/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:02:44 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11355 March 4-6, 2016 – Wildflowers Workshop in AUSTIN, TEXAS – registration now open!   i want to be the open arms for women who are looking to breathe new life into their photographs. i want you...

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March 4-6, 2016 – Wildflowers Workshop in AUSTIN, TEXAS – registration now open!

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i want to be the open arms for women who are looking to breathe new life into their photographs. i want you to be reminded of the simple and soulful reason you first fell in love with photography. it is my hope that a safe, honest environment is created at my workshops for women to grow professionally, creatively, technically & spiritually while also leaving with fresh tools to run their businesses from the heart. the specifics of what is covered in some of the instruction portion of the workshop is available here. but for me, it goes far beyond just “logistical” instruction… it’s a soul getaway. in this industry it sometimes can feel as though we walk alone, a flame trying to stay lit within a storm, but together the fires of creation burn wild and free; it can be intoxicating! something happens when women gather that stirs the soul. i think oftentimes attendees arrive dry and simply just wanting more. out of life and the art of photo taking and quietly hoping for someone to perhaps give them the permission to do that one amazing thing that they never thought they’d be brave enough to do. i yearn to peel the layers off together, uncovering the deep well that can quench that longing thirst long after we part.

i’ve had the honor of seeing women release years of burdens piled upon their own shoulders, i’ve watched galleries be unveiled and passion projects emerge from the women that perhaps came with the most fear. because i teach, i feel so strongly about never becoming stagnant in in own personal art. for me to inspire others i must always be inching closer and closer towards my own truth to tell the story of my own family and those of my clients’ in the most heartfelt and focused way. i have been so open with my workshop attendees about the evolution in my own photography; that aching within me for true authenticity in imagery. i never want to stop digging. what a gift i have been given in facilitating an experience that fills my own cup, time and time again, while also giving these women a place to feel safe enough let their fires rise up and burn brightly from the ashes.

logistics: this workshop will be held at one of my favorite private venues in south austin, texas (20 minutes from downtown) and will begin at 5pm on friday, march 4th and conclude at 11am on sunday, march 6th. it is all inclusive experience once you arrive with two nights of lodging & all meals provided. this is an intimate workshop limited to 15 women.

cost: $1850.

to register: click HERE to pay the 50% deposit (the remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to workshop) & then please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to complete registration. please know that it is common for these workshops to sell out within the first week.

 

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a few lovely testimonials from recent attendees:

“I did a mentorship session with Joy, two years ago and this Summer, took in her New York Workshop. The location was, imaginary. The atmosphere, dreamlike. Yet built on the Rock of Truth, and steeped in honesty. Joy, unedited. But that wasn’t the magic. I learnt about myself. I had time to actually stop the spinning of my worlds and step out and look in. The gold I came away with, was the same reason I went 2 years ago. Joy isn’t trying to make me like her. She’s not trying to make mini Wildflowers, set you camera, use this preset, stand here, look there. Although, she shares all secrets, she teaches, “Alis volat propriis”…….she flies with her own wings. That’s why I love her. And you will too.” -Aubrey Balisky, Bloomville NY workshop

 

“Before the Wildflowers Workshop, I considered myself just a mom with a camera. I am not a business owner and did not feel the confidence to cross over professionally despite others’ encouragement. I was also nervous to attend the workshop for those same reasons. I would be wasting Joy’s time and the other attendees’ time as well with my lack of experience and talent. However, that is not what turned out to be. From the moment I arrived, I felt embraced, encouraged, supported. It was freeing to hear from all the women, including Joy, that I am not alone in my self-doubt. It freed me and led me to a place where I will no longer allow that fear to hold me back. Joy encouraged us to leave with a personal project in mind, something to ignite our passion for photography and for life. At the time, I had no idea what that would be for me and so I pushed it to the back of my mind and continued with life as usual. But, that idea was a seed, and once planted, it permeated my dreams, growing bigger, pushing its way to the surface and announcing itself: me. My personal project is me: to believe in myself, to allow myself to pursue my passion, to have the confidence to embrace my work as an artist and to push through the fear. And for all that I am thankful to Joy for planting that seed and for giving me the tools to move forward. I left that workshop with some crazy new skills, but I also left with a community of women behind me, one that I plan on leaning on as I grow as a photographer and begin my business!” – Beth Fox, Bloomville NY workshop

 

“While I was at Click Away (a photography conference) last year there was a keynote speaker, Joy Prouty, who gave a talk titled “Dream Big”. I didn’t realize that this would impact my life as much as it did, but I am so thankful that it did. During that heartfelt talk she asked “when was the last time you wanted to do a handstand in the setting sun for no other reason than your heart can’t stand still?” I wrote down those words, and I questioned, when was the last time I felt that way, and I can honestly say it has been WAY too long. I am a passionate human being, I feel things deeply and greatly, and I hadn’t been feeling complete joy with my photography in a long time; not because I didn’t want to, or because I was in a depression, but because things were getting in the way. I was worried about what people were doing on facebook, did they “like” my picture, did I lose a facebook “fan”, is that photographer better than me? We have grown into a society that relies on social media for more than just communication but it has seeped into our self importance and our esteem. I wish I could say that I changed that day but habits are hard to break, and I went home with a new outlook from Click Away and vowed I would change and become more authentic in my photography. I went home and made some small changes and thought I had it all figured out. Inside I continued to have this nagging feeling that something just wasn’t the way it was supposed to be with my photography. Maybe if I only had a new lens, or another camera body, or different photoshop actions I would feel better about it. I just knew something wasn’t right. I just felt like it was still missing something and I couldn’t figure out what it was and that was beyond frustrating. It was then I decided to sign up for Joy’s workshop. I came home different. Joy shared her knowledge of lighting and camera settings, and editing and that was great and valuable, but what I really needed and what she gave me was my soul. You see the thing that had been missing from my photography was ME. It was missing me being authentic and trusting myself enough to capture my clients as they are. It was missing me giving them my truth so they coud in turn let me view and capture theirs.  I am so looking forward to changing my art.” – Erica Burns, Bloomville NY workshop

 

click here to watch a little video amy at happily situation made at my dallas workshop last year.

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Witkowski Family in Upstate New York http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/08/witkowski-family-in-upstate-new-york/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/08/witkowski-family-in-upstate-new-york/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:41:37 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11304     “Love will hold us together Make us a shelter to weather the storm And I’ll be my brother’s keeper So the whole world would know that we’re not alone. It’s waiting for you knocking...

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“Love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I’ll be my brother’s keeper
So the whole world would know that we’re not alone.

It’s waiting for you knocking at your door
In the moment of truth when your heart hits the floor
And you’re on your knees.

Love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I’ll be my brother’s keeper
So the whole world would know that we’re not alone.

This is the first day of the rest of your life
‘Cause even in the dark you can still see the light
It’s gonna be alright.”

 

-Song lyrics by Matt Maher, Hold Us Together.

 

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i could easily write a novel about my love for this family. we first met when they hired me to photograph them at their home in new york last year while also graciously inviting my whole family to have a slumber party weekend with them while traveling on the road. together, our kids caught minnows in their lake, ran through tall grass, searched for bear tracks at golden hour and shared pancakes and heart stories in the wee hours of the morning. we all quickly became good friends and they surely took up permanent residence inside my heart. the way they live is, in itself, a ministry. they bleed such beautiful grace, and it is shown in their determination to keep marching onward, together. i had the honor of photographing them again a few weeks ago during my bloomville, new york workshop at the turquoise barn and i could not have possibly imagined a better example of authentic gratitude for my attendees to learn from than them.

the above song lyrics, they told me, have been their family’s anthem this past year and what strength there are in those words; making the everyday beautiful and whole no matter what the season… Love will hold us together, make us a shelter to weather the storm. And I’ll be my brother’s keeper so the whole world would know that we’re not alone.

 

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Artful Blogging Magazine Feature! http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/artful-blogging-feature/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/artful-blogging-feature/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:36:47 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11281     Full 8 page article published in Artful Blogging Magazine – Aug/Sept/Oct 2015 by Joy Prouty   “A daydream is a musing or fantasy while awake, a fulfillment of wishes, a fond hope. I have made it...

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Full 8 page article published in Artful Blogging Magazine – Aug/Sept/Oct 2015

by Joy Prouty

 

“A daydream is a musing or fantasy while awake, a fulfillment of wishes, a fond hope. I have made it my goal to find ways to crawl within my children’s daydreams and chase after this fond hope. Taking part of their imaginative play and making it my own has deepened my art and enabled my once heavy heart to grasp ahold of a world full of everyday magic and wonder. I love the wild, messy, unrehearsed tales knit together by dandelions and the capes made of towels pulled down from the clothesline as they act out their stories, wearing crowns weaved from cherry blossoms by dirt caked hands.

 

Hope is the thing that keeps us going, that allows us to not fall into a weary slumber of discouragement and despair. I’ve been there, I’ve experienced despair, and I have had seasons where I considered the idea that perhaps the darkness was the place my most “authentic” art would be found, but there was always a pulling within my soul toward the light. Light is, in truth, the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. Trying to feel my way in the dark had only led me to stumble. I began to remember that childlike faith was always my lantern, the illumination to my path.

 

I sat beneath our willow tree last week and watched my children at play, completely free as they sang melodies to the birds and spoke of the tales that spun in their minds. Their happiness was not dependent upon achievements or recognized success; joy was found merely by grabbing hold of the low hanging leaves of the willow tree, swinging from one branch to the next. I ran inside to grab my camera, knowing that the photographs taken would act as visual gratitude lists to look back upon on future weary days. There was a time not long ago where I had made a conscious choice not to pick up my camera, but in the midst of that season I also missed all the joy, and it was the eventual recognition of everyday gratitude present in the midst of that struggle that pulled me out of it. When I quiet my mind to take notice of the details in our days, with no other reason except to pursue being present, I am always drawn to the bright spots. When I close my mouth and take my lens cap off, I allow myself to listen.  That is what photographs have always been for me: stepping stones into a place of clarity.

 

It is so easy to get lost within the traffic of my mind: the to-do lists, the endless burdens of grown-up obligations and worry that has the ability to consume any shred of creativity lurking beneath. It’s really just fear of the unknown in pretty packaging. But when I allow myself to exhale and take notice of my place in nature without obligation to technology or hustle, I can literally feel the stress drip out of my body and the inspiration begin to flow from within like a river. This is when the art comes. I join my children in their fairytales, I envision a castle in the sky, a lilypad beneath my head and instead of staring at my phone, I look up, I try to find a picture in a cloud and allow myself to laugh and actually feel the depth of the pleasure. I make sure I have my camera always nearby to document that cloud; another bright spot of hope to add to my treasure chest of gratitude.

 

I spend so many hours working in our garden with the children; it has been the most filling version of meditation for me.  Last summer, when we preserved our food, I found the sweetest jams came from the fruit allowed to ripen on the vine the longest.  My sweet pea flowers had their most lovely aroma once fully in bloom.  And my brussels sprouts, if picked too soon, were too bitter to taste.  It was all about needing enough time to mature.

 

The season that is unrushed has the most beautiful harvest.

 

My photography has come full circle, and in the digging I have realized that the strongest inspiration for my art has always been in the simplicity of childhood. After years of working tirelessly to infuse creativity into my business, I turned a corner not long ago and now allow myself to indulge in daydreaming and let my creativity lead my business. As I have dug in deeper, clients have followed along, making the business side of things no longer feel like work, and allowing my art to flourish from a more rich, personal place. When I lift my camera to my eye, I don’t always aim to get the perfect exposure, but more, I look for a creative way to show hope illuminated. When I compose a photograph to be shared, I yearn to plant seeds of inspiration in the viewer to seek out wonder in their own surroundings. This beauty is always found within, in the capacity of one’s willingness to breathe in a moment and exhale, conjuring up daydreams in the mundane everyday.”

 

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*magazine is currently available at local bookstores and magazine stands!

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Katie Daisy – at home & in her studio. http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/katie-daisy-at-home-in-her-studio/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/katie-daisy-at-home-in-her-studio/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:25:54 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11212   “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder     i first met katie daisy years ago, purely as the artist that i had admired...

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“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

– Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

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i first met katie daisy years ago, purely as the artist that i had admired from afar and whose soulful paintings i looked upon in my home as inspiration to breathe deeply throughout my days. from that time, our connection grew and i had the honor of documenting her with her fiancé eli among the aspens and wildflowers in bend, oregon, the town they met and fell in love. within katie i saw a passion grow, a depth and sensitivity towards this man and a freedom in sharing life alongside another. her heart had begun to swell and it was undeniably reflected not only in her art but in her spirit. and now, in my my recent trip to bend, their two hearts, now sewn together, had grown tenfold as they had welcomed a new bloom to their garden… sweet little finn. and in katie i saw a raw beautiful vulnerability unravel. where once there may have been a pondering and a quiet, i now saw an open spilling out of overwhelming pure selfless ever-expanding love. it was motherhood. she was now the sheltering tree that had grown to shade the tiny being before her while still swaying ever so gently in the breeze, allowing nature and her beloved to lead her spirit forward.

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i spent the day and evening in the place they call home; their cabin in the woods, with a river running just beside it, surrounded by wildflowers, tall ferns and the so very present aroma of contentment flowing through. it was a relaxing family morning in the cabin, followed by adventuring, and then when eli went to work in the afternoon i had the gift of seeing katie at work in her studio, with sweet finn snoozing on her back. melodies poured from their home all day… some from the radio, some created by eli, a few sung sweetly by katie to the babe on her breast, but mostly i heard the humming of nature all around them and the way it almost radiated from within them.

 

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“Yes, I need you, my fairytale. Because you are the only person i can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought – and about how, when i went out to work today and looked a tall sunflower in the face, it smiled at me with all of it’s seeds.”- Vladimir Nabokov

 

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standing in the sun. a family session. http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/standing-in-the-sun/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/standing-in-the-sun/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 03:47:57 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11133   i’ve photographed these children since they were in their mama’s belly. and when they were merely days old in various houses that they have moved into over the years and throughout various seasons of life. i have grown to love the heart...

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i’ve photographed these children since they were in their mama’s belly. and when they were merely days old in various houses that they have moved into over the years and throughout various seasons of life. i have grown to love the heart of this mama so dearly, she has a deep joy that radiates out from within her and so evidently has spilled into the hearts of her children. as i walked into their home for this session a few weeks back in california, a piece of art in the kids’ room caught my eye. it was vintage from the saturday evening post; it read:

happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort.

happy are those who hunger and thirst for what is right for they will be satisfied.

happy are those who feel their spiritual need for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

happy for those who show mercy for mercy will be shown to them.

happy are the single hearted for they will see God.

happy are the gentle for the whole world will belong to them.

happy are those who make peace for they will be known as sons of God.

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and my time with these four, well their happiness was contagious. there was a halo that formed around the sun as they danced in front of it. sorrows were set free. mercy and gentleness wrapped around them in the warm breeze. peace was known. and my heart leapt with joy at the sight of it.

 

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Travel Sessions & a workshop announcement! http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/travel-sessions-a-workshop-announcement/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/travel-sessions-a-workshop-announcement/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:56:50 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11089   REMAINING 2015 TRAVEL SESSIONS:   oahu, hawaii – august 2 maui, hawaii – august 7 & 8 san francisco, california – september 10 geyserville, california – september 14 seattle, washington – october 9 san francisco, california –...

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REMAINING 2015 TRAVEL SESSIONS:

 

oahu, hawaii – august 2

maui, hawaii – august 7 & 8

san francisco, california – september 10

geyserville, california – september 14

seattle, washington – october 9

san francisco, california – october 18

to reserve one of the available dates, please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to secure the date & begin planning the details of the session! these dates are all open for either harvest sessions (24 hours) or wildflower sessions (2 hours).

 

WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

bellingham, washington at our homestead: october 23-25, 2015.

all inclusive; all women will be lodging here at our home as well as all meals provided. this will be an intimate workshop limited to 10 women. cost: $1450 (special rate).

to register: click here to pay the 50% deposit (remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to workshop) & then please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to complete registration.

 

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