When I was a kid growing up on a ranch in Nebraska the only job I ever had was working for my dad. We had a huge hay field in the sandhills about 30 miles away from the home place. In the summer we usually got 4 cuttings off that hayfield and I adored haying that field because I got to drive the hay sweep. A hay sweep is an old truck that has been cut to pieces, turned around backwards, and had a fork attached to it. That is the only way I know how to describe it. All I did all day was zoom around the hayfield pushing windrows of hay into piles to be stacked, of course all the while I was going as fast as possible most generally racing the guy on the other hay sweep. It was one of those jobs that was so much fun it was almost a sin to get paid to do it:)
The road we drove to get to this hayfield was 30 miles of dirt and by late summer it was lined on both sides by copious amounts of sunflowers. Even back then I called it "My Sunflower Road".
I think about those days a lot......back then I did not realize how lucky I was to experience that stuff, but I surely do now. I would go back in a second!
Today I received yet another email from a company with nearly 100k followers on Instagram asking me to collaborate with them. A cleverly worded email that aims to trick you into creating marketing content free of charge in return for a bit of exposure from a product you wouldn’t ever purchase. Once again, I told them where to stick it.
There was something genuine in their email however. I do create great content, which reflects the amount of work I put in. I am quite a humble artist (so I’m told often) which can make it easy to take advantage of me simply by complimenting my work. But I’m also stubborn. And I’m not stupid.
I promise I won’t keep posting every time I get offered something like this, but I’d like to continue this conversation for a little while, as I’m interested to know the extent of the situation. I hope there are some brands out there who would be horrified to be named as one that takes advantage of up-and-coming photographers. So please, if you have a story, would you mind posting a brief message about it here. And if you don’t mind, perhaps tagging them so we can expose who they are.
I’ll start. The company I was offered to create free marketing content for was @lensball.#photographersknowyourworth
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CliNGInG to HOpE
I created this using Snapseed ( mobile phone editing app ) using two of my images captured this morning on my ramblings around Parramatta Park .
Just wanted to try something different ☺
Welcome to new followers! It’s been such a joy seeing you pop up in my notifications every day! It's time for another introduction.
Grounded, free spirited and radiant. My infectious passion can be felt in the way I invite students and clients into life affirming, pleasure filled healing and transformation through movement, breathing, meditation, and powerful holistic body mind coaching.
My work encompasses the entirety of the human experience allowing transformation on deeper levels than you would experience working with just mindset or embodiment alone. I combine both of these powerful healing tools with modern neuroscience producing rapid and lasting transformation in multiple areas of my client’s and student’s lives.
My multidisciplinary Toolbox of Transformation includes Hatha Yoga, Tantra, the Jade Egg + Reiki. I also invite my clients to discover their Core Desired Feelings in my work as a Desire Map Facilitator, and into their own heart centred definition of success in my work as a Fire Starter Sessions Facilitator.
I’m a 300 hour certified Yoga Instructor, a 600 hour Certified Integrated Sex Coach, I have a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, am a @lululemon Ambassador. I own Soul Garden Yoga in Indian Head and am the co-founder of @queencityyogask in Regina.
I support the women I work with in embracing their innate power and authentic confidence with ease and Beyonce like fierceness. I believe with my whole heart that every woman already has everything she needs to have her dream life and my mission is to open the door for all women to walk through and say YES to a life of vitality, pleasure, turn on and aliveness!
She stands by the water...
pondering her place on this earth. The only validation she needed was from her heart... knowing she is loved, and valuable to those who know her. Most importantly, she knows her worth. She knows she is enough. That gives her #PEACE 💕
Tortuguero is one of the richest regions in flora and fauna. There are 2000 species of plants, 170 species of amphibious and reptiles, 60 species of mammals and 300 different species of birds. That beautiful and clear morning at the canoe tour we were so lucky to see a bunch of different animals. One of them is this beautiful Capuchin Monkey who was having breakfast at the very first light of the day. More pictures to come!! 😉💚
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Happy Monday Qweens / first day of our CHAMP challenge!! Woot 💃🏾. We won’t ruin it for you all who haven’t completed your first prompt yet, BUT.. here’s a little more insight of the challenge of the day. Figure out what you genuinely enjoy doing that you could do for hours without complaints.. for others . Is it designing ? critiquing? promoting ? Writing ? Don’t over think this. It’s only a small step to figuring out the rest ( purpose) AND it’s not to late to join! Just comment below with any emoji !
The forecast Friday called for high winds. I was feeling well and went to Lake Michigan. The air was still warm before the cold front moved in. I braced myself against the wind gusts filled with sand. Gulls dove along the shore for fish that had been carried in by the currents. The sound of wind and waves obliterated all else. I was completely immersed that afternoon, able to forget my problems. Nature heals me, perhaps as much as anything else I do.
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Haven’t seen these sunset colours for a while, so nice for the sun to still be up when you finish work. Quick #shotoniphone6 on Saturday after I finished my film roll (and conveniently left the second roll in the car). ✨🌿
Just before I celebrated my birthday and headed over to Japan, I asked the beautiful Steph from @thesoulecho to take some portraits of me.
For years, I had wanted to get some professional fun photos of myself and when I met Steph last year I knew she was the person who I wanted to work with.
Photos can say a thousand words but photography can also show you what type of person the photographer is.
Steph is such a sweet heart who brings so much light and fun to her photos. She has such an electric personality that it shows in her photos through her fiery pink and green colours! She inspires me to get creative and she has done so much hard work over the last few months.
We spent a couple of hours walking, talking and having fun! Playing with the confetti was such a fun experience! It was also fun to see how a photographer photographs their subjects. She made me feel so comfortable in my own skin! For years I've been battling with body image but booking this little shoot, threw them out of the window for a couple of hours!
If you're looking at wanting some portraits in the Brisbane local area, i can't recommend this gal enough!
Thanks again for the photos, Steph! I love them! .
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the coffee is hot, the rain is pouring, and i’ve got my favorite things out for my slow morning.
have any of y’all ever done any of @freeandnative work? i highly recommend the tools and have really, really loved them. working my way through shadow and i did opulence a few months back. feels like therapy and it’s wayyyyy cheaper.
slowly working my way through @gabbybernstein book. stealing all her prayers and the mantras and the meditations. i know life will never be pain free, but i do believe life can be lived with a sense of love and integrity and groundedness. her words are helping to get me there.
and my most trusted companion. @moleskine journal with my favorite @mujiusa pen. it’s been less than two months and i’ve already filled up two-thirds of her. lots of change and clarity and creativity thanks to those two resources i shared above.
what’s your Sunday morning looking like folks?! 🌿✍🏻☕️
🌼making me smile today🌼
1. having an undisturbed lie in
2. finishing another beautiful Jane Austen masterpiece (I've read them all now)
3. my partner surprising me with coffee and pastries made from scratch (I ate most of them before I took this photo)
4. not having any nightmares after watching Hereditary last night (quite surprised about this)
5. birds chirping outside my window
6. sounds of children playing happily
7. rainy day cosiness with tacos and friends to look forward to
What is making you smile today? Please share and tag me so I can smile even more! Let's all have a fabulous Sunday. ❤️ #makingmesmiletoday#northangerabbey#hereditarymovie#thingsthatdontgotogether 😂
Gloriously gorgeous gardens..can't wait for Daylight Savings to start so I can frolic in @parrapark for a couple of extra hours 😘💜💚
To get back up to the shining world from there My guide and I went into that hidden tunnel,
And following its path, we took no care
To rest, but climbed: he first, then I-so far,
through a round aperture I saw appear
Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears,
Thence we came forth, to rebehold the stars.
- Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Part 1 - Divine Comedy 📷 unknown ⭐️ #divinecomedy#dante#transformation#grieving#growth#knowyourstarsknowyourself#zodicollective ⭐️