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15on15canada NOVEMBER!

I am SO exited for this month's #15on15canada! We have an amazing line-up, lots of new Canadian talent! And guess what else... we have a theme this month, MOTION. 

If you're new to our 15on15, here's the lowdown: community focused photographers from across Canada have joined to share a little of our personal lives with you. Photographing our own lives to bring us back home during an intense photography season. We will capture some of our own everyday and even experiment a little! This month we decided on the theme motion, we have also asked that each photographer do a 'self portrait' in the theme! I cannot wait to see what everyone does!

Here's my motion experiment... honestly this was so much fun! Just a little push to create, no makeup and dirty hair, who cares! Take 5 minutes today and create!

Tag #15on15canada so we can see!

This group just keeps growing and becoming better. In every way we are learning to collaborate stronger, create deeper, and communicate bravely. 

 As soon as we chose our theme this month, I was thinking about #motion at every shoot I did. Here are a few from our recent Meraki+Light wedding!

And also our mini's sessions on Friday. Tamarah and I often speak about pushing ourselves harder, and reaching further in our craft. It's amazing to create a community that does this for us as well. I'd encourage you all to take part, start posting your own images and use the hashtag #15on15canada so we can meet you too!

I'd love if you would visit the Toths blog to see their 15on15!! I am so honoured to have both Sancia + Mitchell joining us! They are incredible Canadian artists, passionate + brave, dedicated to what they believe in. My heart hopes I will meet them one day! 

xo Tammy Enjoy!

 

CONNECTION Looks Different For Everyone

I was having a conversation with a good friend last week, talking about Meraki + Light, and what Tammy and I do.  As we were discussing mine and Tammy’s vision, “pursuers of connection”, he mentioned that he noticed that in a lot of our work our clients seem very “touchy”, and asked if this is something we expect for our sessions.  A very good question, I thought, which led me to write this post. 

The thing is, connection looks different for everyone.  We don’t all connect over snuggles by the fire, or by gazing into one another's eyes.  It’s true, each family, each couple is unique in how they connect.  Being the word junkie that I am, I went ahead and looked up the definition of “connection”.  It means:  how we relate to or become one with someone.  So most simply, we are really passionate about capturing how you relate with your spouse, your kids, your loved ones.  The big question here is, “what makes you feel ONE with your spouse?  What makes you feel ONE with your kids?  You know those moments when all you can think about is the very moment you are in, and how good the unity or “oneness” you feel with that person feels in that moment?  What gets you there?  Is it a good conversation?   Is it a long walk by the river?  Or is it being tickled until you laugh, until you cry?  

It’s these things, that we truly long to capture, and preserve for you - because aren’t these the moments we want to remember for all our days?

So if you’ve ever looked at our work and thought, “we’re not touchy-feely enough for this” - great, we don’t want you to be!  We want to capture what connection looks like for you, for your family.  We aren’t looking for you to pretend you’re that touchy-feely family when you’re not.  If you connect by getting out into the great outdoors, then we want to explore with you!  If you connect by telling funny jokes and stories, then great - we want to hear your best ones!  If you connect by sharing a good conversation with the one you love, then great, we want to give you the space and the freedom to be FULLY yourselves.

Our whole heart and passion behind being “pursuers of connection” is that these are the places that healthy, whole families are built.  When we learn to love well, and foster our connection, our relationships flourish.  Sometimes this means pushing for the connection that makes your husband feel loved, or vice versa.  You see, for us, this is so much more then just photographs.  We really care about your families being healthy, whole and full of connection.  We really care about telling your story in it’s truest form.  We want to create something with you that is authentic, something that you’re proud to pass down to your children and your children’s children.  

In the end, our stories are all about how we connected with those we loved.  

Room for all, part two

Recently Tamarah shared her thoughts on 'community over competition', you can find her post here.  I too have recently felt a calling on my heart to share thoughts. It's such a BIG subject, and we've only just scratched the surface.

I love when Tamarah said 'if we’re going to get over that competition mindset, we’ve got to realize that we each carry something so amazingly, uniquely, and purposefully different.  This is huge - HUGE!!! Because here’s what it boils down to… YOU, are amazing!!  You are incredible at things that NO ONE else can do quite like you can'.

The other day I was running errands, listening to my Bethel app, and was instantly filled with so many words. I turned on my phone microphone and recorded my thoughts until I was emptied. This is what I heard...

 photo by  Jenny A Rogers , SoCal girl

photo by Jenny A Rogers, SoCal girl

I am overwhelmed today with God's goodness because His message is so strong in my heart. He is speaking of community to me today, he's speaking of peace + grace instead of competing. To not isolate ourselves and focus on only our success. So that WE do not become more important than the WHOLE.

 I love how Eric Johnson from Bethel described it: He said to picture a tree branch. A beautiful one that had sowed seeds and listened to God's plan, and was bearing fruit and goodness. But this branch was so full of fruit that it was shading other branches, from different trees. Those trees were also sowing seeds and they needed sun to let their fruit grow. So the first branch had to be cut down, even though it was good and bearing fruit. This left the other branches open to the sun, and able to bear beautiful fruit. So instead of one branch with ALL the fruit, there were many branches full of fruit.

I instantly thought of our community of photographers. For instance, maybe Tamarah and my business is bearing fruit and goodness. But maybe, just maybe, this isn't about just us and our success. Maybe 'community over competition' means that another photography company needs to shine in the spotlight, even at the cost of our own success.

That was the moment that any jealousy or envy I had felt was just BLOWN away. I understood, I got it. It's ok if we don't grow our business to the fullness we dream about. It's ok if for a little while, or a long while, that we are low to the ground. This is BIGGER than us. This is about raising up a community of talented individuals!

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS DESIRING THE SUCCESS OF OTHERS AS MUCH AS OUR OWN. even our competitors...

So, do we really believe in 'community over competition'? I have asked myself many times, I ask it right now as I write this... I believe we can become a community that lifts each other up and shares in each others victories. I believe we can be a community that is no longer jealous and competitive with each other. I believe we can build success as a whole. And I also believe we have this already.

I love how Crystal of Joi Photography always hosts a wedding season kick-off party and invites the photography community. I love when photographers get together and create something new and exciting! I love to see amazing young artists emerging with inspiring work. I love it because it increases the abundance of good work in our community.

I work in partnership with women, I am no stranger to feelings of envy. All of my partners have had success -great success- and talent, but that is also my victory. Just as my ventures and successes are theirs.

There is goodness and greatness in this world. There is so much creativity and talent. Comparison and competition can steal that goodness from us and rob us of our deep gifts and talents that want to SHINE!

 photo by  Jenny A Rogers , SoCal girl ~ MUG by  Farminista

photo by Jenny A Rogers, SoCal girl ~ MUG by Farminista

I write because I know this struggle, I have felt it inside myself. But, if I lay my selfishness down, then I can really help others rise. Because how much more can we rise by 20 talented creatives, then by just one?

There is a bigger picture, and it is not about the individual, it is about the community. This to me is truly the heart the 'community over competition'.

Celebrate with someone today! Celebrate with someone you find it really hard to say 'good job' too! You will feel the walls break down as you do this. I'd love to hear about it! Please share your story of 'rising by lifting others'!