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san diego family portraits {elevate} a fine art photography exploration | january 2012

On a very warm New Year’s Day, Brooks and I went down to the beach for a late afternoon visit.  After the sun went down and everyone was leaving, I turned and saw Brooks standing all alone out in the ocean on this little rock, surrounded by water.  I wish I knew what he was thinking about out there.  So Brave.  So strong.  He looked like he was ready to tackle the world.

He continues to inspire me to be a better person … through his strength, his laughter and his love.

A perfect way to start the new year.

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Here is a little background on {elevate} a fine art photography exploration.

‘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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January 16, 2012 - 7:26 am

dena robles - The light on his face is simply beautiful. He does look brave and courageous and hopeful…

January 16, 2012 - 7:58 am

momMom - This is so beautiful. Love the light and his expression as he is standing on the rock. It is really wonderful.

January 16, 2012 - 8:16 am

Jasmine - Love the serene feel of this shot! The colors are gorgeous!

January 16, 2012 - 8:39 am

Tamara - beautiful light and colors! love the reflection! He is so cute!!

January 16, 2012 - 10:16 am

Jennifer N - This is gorgeous! This is one for your walls! Huge! I’m so in love with this image!

January 16, 2012 - 10:27 am

crave photography - Jules, I just love how he is looking forward. Love the emotion and feeling here! Like there is so much to look forward to!

January 16, 2012 - 11:01 am

kamee june - jules,
there is a stillness here that is so peaceful, so calm.
he is a very sweet boy; i can tell. i love how our muses are usually right under our noses, or in most cases, our feet, each day!! 😉
i too love the color after the sun has completely set, but still emanates just enough to expose the last moments of the day…

January 16, 2012 - 11:22 am

tamsen - beautiful- love how he’s out there in the middle- so pensive.

January 16, 2012 - 11:34 am

Samantha Parks - gorgeous jules! i love how he is surrounded by water!!

January 16, 2012 - 11:50 am

Melissa Schuett - Beatiful! In so many ways!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

January 16, 2012 - 11:58 am

Jobrina Hofleit - Wow Jules! This is such an amazing image, I totally agree, B looks so brave standing on that rock surrounded by the ocean waters, I LOVE his expression looking off and the light hitting his handsome little face!

January 16, 2012 - 12:21 pm

martha schuster - i was instantly pulled in by this image. the colors and mood are divine. he is a gorgeous guy, and this is a beautiful photo to have forever of him!! beautiful work jules.

January 16, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Kelly Q - Gorgeous shot! Love everything about it!

January 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

AmandaB - amazing! you are amazing jules…and brooks is just the perfect little subject.

January 16, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Laura - Incredible image Jules, it would be hard not to be inspired by this photo. He was probably taking in the beauty of his surroundings just as you always seem to 🙂

January 16, 2012 - 9:07 pm

brenda - That light is perfect and how it shines just on his face! LOVE this Jules!

January 17, 2012 - 3:59 am

Amy - Oh what a sweetie! This is beautiful, Jules.

January 17, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Tina Ryan - The falling light on his face gives such a feeling of warmth and peace. Beautiful image Jules.

January 18, 2012 - 6:32 am

Melissa VanLeeuwen - Great work Jules! Amazing shot;)

January 18, 2012 - 6:35 am

Kim Hill - The setting sunlight is beautiful here. Love his contemplative expression too.

January 19, 2012 - 8:58 am

Emily - wow, this is awesome Jules

January 19, 2012 - 12:45 pm

wendy - This is my new favorite of yours, Jules. I love how his form mimics the lines of the pier and how the sun is illuminating his little profile and how it’s almost dark out. It makes me wonder how he got there and what he’s thinking.

January 19, 2012 - 7:33 pm

maureenwilson - man I am so jealous of y’all beach time!! so gorgeous!!

January 20, 2012 - 7:32 pm

Nichole Van - Yum! What beautiful light! Just perfect!

January 25, 2012 - 9:29 am

Stacey S - That’s a beautiful image Jules. I love the way the light illuminates his face.