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Happy holidays from Katia S. Photography!

A walk at my favorite lake

I took long walks during this entire insanity snow weather. I went to my favorite place, my refuge…went to the lake.

Took photos and enjoyed the silence.

 

Documentary on Gun Laws

I tackle a very interesting documentary couple of month ago. I just finished editing it.

I wanted to tackle the warfare here in the US with the guns law right now.

I did a series on portrait with people who were for:  guns, against guns, for gun ownership but against the government taking the rights of owning one away. And I including people who worked with mentally ill patients, I also have one person that  owned guns as a heirloom, but is agains them.

Mental health is a very big problem in this issue and too often forgotten.

I conducted first an interview with these people and then decided how I was going to photograph them. Fascinating what can come out of an interview. Some of the ideas I had before the interview changed completely after the interview.

I have learned so much from each side. I also felt like I was somewhat very opinionated on the issue and was afraid it was going to get on the way. I had a friend take me to the shooting range for me to be able to have a clear mind on both side.

 

Here are some of the portraits that I have done.

 

Beautiful woman…great model

The wonderful part about having such a beautiful friend is to be able to do a photo-shoot anytime I want or need.

Here is a photo-shoot I did with Iryna last week for a project.

This was fun, and as usual she was exactly what I needed her to be!

 

Flowers and strong character

I had a pleasant visit today. That visit came with a bouquet of flowers. I was very grateful. Thank you Jennifer!

It really touched me.

As I looked at this bouquet of wild flowers, it reminded me of my strong character and I began to think .

I think it is a vicious circle in a way when you have a mind and spirit that shows so much energy, self discipline, willpower, determination, and of course nerve. People love being around you because you are strong, and show so much drive. People love to be around people that know what they want, and go after it. However you always have to be that…If you ever want to break down or had a bad day, or feel sad, you don’t have that opportunity. People won’t forget it, won’t forgive you. You don’t get that chance.

So what do you do when that happened?  You get even tougher, even stronger and you tell yourself, that can’t happened again. People don’t give you a chance to break down…a real vicious circle.

I am competent in what I do, I inspire people, I set goals for the future,, I am fair, I am courageous, I have strong values, I have imagination, I am organized.

Is it so hard to believe that I would like sometimes for people to understand that I can fail at something? That I want to a chance to be able to fail, to be able to cry , to be able to not be that strong person, just for a while?

So instead I went on a 2 hours run, and since I have still so much energy I will make my way to the pool to go for a swim, then after that ,I will do my homework and go on as the strong woman that I am.

Here are photos of those pretty flowers

 

 

My Easter Morning

Easter morning was a bit different this year…This is a holiday that I will have every year. This is my favorite holiday with Christmas. Kids make everything better!

My girls came in my bed though and were very sad that the “Easter Bunny” did not come because of the rain. Chloe still believes in it, I am sure this is the last year…

Chloe was very surprise to see that even under the rain the Easter Bunny delivered the annual “chocolat de Paques”

Here we were under the rain, going in the yard looking for “chocolat”

Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park in Durham

Every year in Central Park, we go to the Easter Egg hunt.

It was fun, the kids enjoyed it.

Goodbye 2012…time to move on!

November_2012_City_insight_Farmers_Market_0119As we are entering 2013, I am very reflective on 2012.

I am a very goal oriented person and do not lose sight at all of those goals. I make goals in life not just in December for the next year. And usually, every 6 weeks, I regroup and look where I am with my goals.

2012 was one of the most exhilarating year of my life in so many ways! And usually with years like that it can be hard to move one if you are not ready! I woke up this morning ready to move on!

WORK:

I went to NewYork for a documentary and that project opened many doors in my field. The project got published in a national magazine.

Photos from the project were on exhibit at the public library in downtown Durham, then at the North Carolina museum of Art.

The gallery “Through this lens” was interesting to show my photos from this documentary. After my return to France we agreed on showing photos from a new documentary that I did over the summer on the Normandy Beaches/Normandy Landscapes.

The exhibit was a hit! It opened more doors: A second exhibit of that body of work in Terra Nova in Carrboro, an interview with  radio UNC.

It also opened doors in other ways…as  I also now work for 3 different stock photos company.

TRAVELING:

I traveled a lot this year. I loved it! NewYork, France , Atlanta, Martinique, DC….and some other places

SPORTS:

I went to NewYork for this documentary with firefighters that were doing climbing stairs to raise money for charity. Of course to get the photos I wanted I needed to climb stairs with them. I thought what they did was extraordinary. It got me thinking of my fitness workout. I ran and did spinning but nothing so serious that would totally push my limits.

My son decided after that, that he was going to become my fitness coach. From my fitness coach, he suddenly became my triathlon coach!

I did my first triathlon a week after my 40th birthday! I was hooked!

Training is difficult as swimming is not my forte! Biking and running have been fun!

SCHOOL:

I think I am crazy but I still want to finish my bachelor degree, that way I have a official bachelor degree in this country. I still have a year  and a quarter to go. I have been traveling so much that I can only take 4 classes at the time if I want to maintain a decent GPA. I finished this year with a 3.70 GPA.

So finishing a year that has been so exciting and fulfilling can make it hard to want to start a new one. But I am ready ! Really ready.

I will leave this post with this words that have been flowing on Facebook. I wish I could give credit to the author, but there was no credit. :

1. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present.

Leaving 2012 behind will keep me sane and focus on the future and what it hold for me.

2. Time heals almost everything, give time, time.
Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are; they explain our life and why we are the way we are. They challenge us and force us to be stronger.

3. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

I feel that too many times people get unhappy because of this or that. Happiness is really about you , about me. I choose to be happy no matter what happens!  So many countries,  or people in the world have a true meaning of what being unhappy is really about, and most of us are not! 

5. Don’t compare your life with others’. you have no idea what their journey is all about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s. we would grab ours back as fast as we could.

Never did..not interested in it. My life is my life, theirs is theirs!

6. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright no to know all the answers. Sometime there is not answer, not going to be any answer, never has been answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move one, NEXT!

I think too much, I WANT the answers. It hard for me to accept there is no answer, not going to be any answer! I need to MOVE ON, NEXT!

7. Smile, you don’t own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.

The power of a smile…is empowering!

Goodbye 2012! Thank you to all of you that became fans of my blog in 2012 and I look forward to see more of you in 2o13!

Durham Farmers Market at Central Park

Photos taken at sunrise at Durham Central Park on a early saturday morning