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san diego child portraits {elevate} a fine art photography exploration | september 2011

‘I love art. It’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I wanted a world that was removed from the mundane simplicity of everyday life.

But of course, life comes in and we grow up and move on. There isn’t enough time in the day to even shower, much less indulge in artistic flights of fancy. We have children, get a job and acquire debts. We cheer soccer games and kiss booboos and wash that same cup for the thousandth time.  We forget the past and become “adults.”

And then one day, we pick up a camera. And take that first shot.

And all that youthful longing comes rushing back—it’s as if we have been drowning all these years and someone finally pulled us back to the surface. Color comes back to the world, color that we had never noticed was missing.

Coming up for that first gasp of air is exhilarating. For me, I couldn’t get enough of photography. It consumed me as I was suddenly able to express everything inside, all this longing that had been pushed aside for so many years. I would stay up nearly all night working on a new project or a fun idea. I would read everything and had a huge list of photographic concepts I wanted to try out.

But of course, again, life comes in. We want to share our newfound gift and now there are photography debts to be paid too. So we leave that list of concepts and turn our passion into our job. It’s fun and rewarding and exhilarating in a different way. But appointments and editing and deadlines leave little room for personal expression.

But I’m still that hopelessly romantic girl. And I still have a list of creative ideas a mile long that I would love to complete. Henri Matisse stated, “An artist is an explorer.” I often feel like that, though perhaps it’s just a journey of self-exploration, understanding myself a little more. So I decided to take a little time each month to explore photography as an art form, to elevate my understanding of both art and myself, and allow that deeply artistic side of myself a chance to spread her wings.

Created by Nichole Van, I banded together with a handful of other photographers to create a blog project focused on exploring the fine art side of photography. Each month, we will post a photo or series of images focused on art and photography. There are no rules. Just post what comes from the heart and allow the inner artist a chance to explore and fly.

So welcome to {elevate} a fine art photography exploration’ ~ Nichole Van

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We have 15 amazing photographers in our group, so please continue on with the very talented Kamee June Photography | Orange County CA.

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September 12, 2011 - 6:02 am

Julie Livermore - goreous, dreamy piece of art. can’t wait to see more!

September 12, 2011 - 6:14 am

brenda - I have always been drawn to this one Jules! The light, the set up….it’s a fairytale!

September 12, 2011 - 7:33 am

marmalade - Beautiful work Jules.

September 12, 2011 - 7:57 am

Gina Oh - utterly breathtaking…

September 12, 2011 - 8:08 am

elizabeth pellette - wow.. this is amazing…

September 12, 2011 - 8:21 am

Nichole Van - Wow! This is just magical in every way! Such amazing light!

September 12, 2011 - 8:44 am

tamsen - wow! stunning! i love that image!

September 12, 2011 - 9:10 am

wendy - One of my favorites, Jules! Breathtakingly beautiful.

September 12, 2011 - 9:15 am

Ali C - Stunning! That light is incredible!

September 12, 2011 - 9:19 am

kamee june - poets could only dream of envisioning something as spectacular as this. it’s divine.

September 12, 2011 - 9:32 am

Jennifer N - This seems surreal, it’s so beautiful and dreamy. I can’t wait to find time to book you for a family session. I love your work Jules and am so happy to be a part of 2 photog groups with you.

September 12, 2011 - 9:32 am

Mary Schannen - So gorgeous!

September 12, 2011 - 9:42 am

Tamara - wow!! I absolutely adore everything about this..even the horse is white and magical! people don’t realize how tough equestrian shoots are, but you nailed it!!

September 12, 2011 - 9:51 am

Rachel Potter - Oh Jules this is STUNNING!

September 12, 2011 - 10:27 am

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September 12, 2011 - 11:03 am

martha schuster - this is absolutely stunning. what a dream. i’m so glad to have found you through this project. i could stare at this image all day, and i just cannot wait to see more!

September 12, 2011 - 11:30 am

crave photography - Wow! This image is just dripping in juicy yummy light! Sigh……. I love it so much!

September 12, 2011 - 11:34 am

Brandie - This is beautiful!!! Everything about it is just lovely.

September 12, 2011 - 11:51 am

melissa deakin - hi jules,
oh wow.
first of all, i just love what you wrote so much…every word resonated with me.
your image is spectacular.
the light, the subject, the horse, everything is truly breathtaking!
i look forward to watching this elevate group!

September 12, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Jamie Rubeis - Gorgeous! Love this! Very inspirational and creative for sure! Just beautiful.

September 12, 2011 - 7:45 pm

hope - this is one of my favorite images ever…beyond gorgeous jules.

September 13, 2011 - 5:41 am

breeze - SO much love!!

September 13, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Christina - Gorgeous… as always!

September 14, 2011 - 8:01 am

Sarah Craig - This is sooo magical & warm & yummy & sweet. Clearly, I LOVE it.

September 14, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Dawn Cooper - Woah. I seriously gasped at that shot. Unbelievable. And what an inspiring post. Thank you!

September 14, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Cortney Smith - This is gorgeous! AMAZING WORK!

September 15, 2011 - 4:44 am

Amy - This is classic beauty. It evokes such a feeling of serenity. Love it!

September 15, 2011 - 7:16 am

Logan Photography - Wow, that lighting is just GORGEOUS!

September 15, 2011 - 7:36 am

robyn - beautiful image… and i love this idea!! i can’t wait to see more 🙂

September 15, 2011 - 8:00 am

Tracey - Jules, your work just keeps lovelier and lovelier! I very much enjoy all your posts.

September 15, 2011 - 10:09 pm

Brandy Caruso - Omg that is an awesome image. They should definately get that in a huge canvas!

September 19, 2011 - 10:43 am

Nicole Taylor - BEAUTIFUL shot! I have always wanted to do a session with a girl and her horse.
Stunning!

September 20, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Stacey S - An absolutely glorious image Jules.

October 10, 2011 - 6:04 am

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November 14, 2011 - 6:07 am

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