Wildflowers Photography http://wildflowersphotos.com Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:45:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 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.

all workshop info is available here. simply, i want to be the open arms for women who are looking to breathe new life into their photographs. i want them to be reminded of the simple and soulful reason they 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 & spiritually while also leaving with fresh tools to run their businesses from the heart.

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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The Harris Family: A Harvest Session. http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/the-harris-family-a-harvest-session/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/07/the-harris-family-a-harvest-session/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:14:36 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11052 a harvest is the ripe bounty of natural gatherings collected throughout a season; a labor of love and the rich result of patience, intention, endurance and hope. that is what i found in this home. the...

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a harvest is the ripe bounty of natural gatherings collected throughout a season; a labor of love and the rich result of patience, intention, endurance and hope. that is what i found in this home. the love put in over many years, spilling out within every bit of laughter, every dance party in the living room, family snuggle and light saber battle on the big bed and every bit of beauty as a reflection of a life lived seeking out the good.

they requested a video. and i was more than happy to oblige.

i arrived in miami, the land of sunshine and palm trees, on a thursday and i left on a friday. it began to drizzle a hot rain as i drove toward the airport through streets lined with banyan trees and the hustle of city life. but this rain… it had the feeling of intense purpose. for a moment the heat subsided and the sweat on my neck was cooled by a stormy breeze and the welcomed feeling of renewal. it was just as my time with the harris home had been… i had walked into a sanctuary of art, and family, and most importantly, belonging.

this mama, carolyn, is a talented artist. one who values honest self expression and the raw importance of growth through brave photographic pursuits of self discovery. i was more than honored to have been invited into her home/playground/studio/life/bubble of hope and creation. and as i documented her from behind the camera, she also led me with her truth into a deeper understanding of my own.

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Homeschooling on our homestead. http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/06/homeschooling-on-our-homestead/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/06/homeschooling-on-our-homestead/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:08:22 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=10990 “The teacher’s desire is to so feed her students and whet their apetities that they will naturally value books and come to feed themselves… we, like Charlotte Mason, wish to have children take their places in...

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“The teacher’s desire is to so feed her students and whet their apetities that they will naturally value books and come to feed themselves… we, like Charlotte Mason, wish to have children take their places in the world at their best, with every capacity of good in them developed into a power. Children have a vast and rich intellectual and spiritual inheritance to draw upon for their present and future. Living books and ideas; a brood curriculum filled with the realities of truth, goodness, and beauty; and a constellation of natural relationship will put them in touch with this inheritance. What they will become we do not know – but we have hope that they will become all God has planned them to be, whether parent, artist, factory worker, business owner, doctor, lawyer, or teacher. We hope this because the ‘who’ of children is secure – all we need do is to place them in a large room spread with an abundant feast of learning.”

– Jack Beckman

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at the very bottom of this post you will find a video – it is actually a recorded talk i gave (just in vimeo format for ease of listening here) at the wild and free homeschooling conference held in portland, oregon last month. i have had many people over the years ask about why and how we homeschool and i feel like this talk will explain a lot of that. and for the parents that don’t homeschool, i still encourage you to listen! so much of what i talk about is purely our genuine desire to ignite a curiosity and love of learning in our children, an appreciation and respect for nature and the importance of nurturing their individual gifts through intentional decisions in the everyday. so after you look through these images, and when you have 35 minutes to relax and listen, the video will be waiting for you.

these photographs are the documentation of my very favorite week that i can remember, the second week of april. the apple blossoms had just begun to bloom on our trees, we were preparing our garden for planting, the dandelions were thick in the tall green grass, and everywhere we looked, the earth was ripe with the fresh beauty of spring.

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“If we want our children to stay hungry for knowledge, remain interested in questioning, enjoy the wonder of discovery, then we must leave them some clutter-free hours for friendship, the great out-of-doors, the rich world of imagination and the satisfaction of the skilled use of art supplies, music, dance, wood and clay.”

– Elaine Cooper

 

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“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

― G.K. Chesterton

 

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“Together teacher and child are under a higher authority. The child should not be asked to be good to please a parent or teacher. Children and the adults both must choose to obey God. Both are learning to be better people, and both children and adults are interested in learning from books, nature, art, music. Ideas are discussed. Thought is important. Children have amazing ideas and grow in proper self-esteem as they are listened to and allowed to be themselves. Too many of us treat education as a competition, with some idea of success as the objective. The approach is bad for the winners and bad for the losers, who only see themselves more or less as failures. Such a narrow focus ignores children’s strong points, their gifts.”

– Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

 

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you will find the talk i gave on homeschooling below! my husband and i made the decision to begin homeschooling our children while we were living on the road two years ago. we were not in one place long enough to enroll them in traditional school and felt that adventure had sparked a flame for learning in our children. they journaled and gained knowledge in the roots of nature… yellowstone national park, the grand teton mountains, the redwood forest. we thought we may consider a waldorf style education once we settled but we had fallen in love with homeschooling. our family bond has been strengthened, our children have flourished, and we have truly seen the benefits of being able to cater our style of teaching toward the individual gifts of each child and the way that each learn best. we follow the charlotte mason classically-based principles of education and use amblesideonline.org curriculum. we do not know what the future holds, of course, but as long as homeschooling seems to be the most beneficial choice for needs of the children and for our family, we hope to continue on throughout their education.

click play below for my wild & free conference recording…

Joy Prouty – Homeschooling Talk: WILD & FREE from joy prouty on Vimeo.

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