Session 6 complete.2 sessions left to go.53 women photographed (so far). Sigh. Sniff. High Fives. All the emotions :)Let's jump right in to September's session. Here are seven women who took it all off for me: Caet, Karen, Joanne, Nicole, Jennifer, Coburn, and Terra. I love them all.
This project has been my baby for the better part of a year now. I've been living and breathing it for almost 9 months (insert gestational metaphor here), and it's taken me all this time to discover it's true meaning (for me). Although I haven't been able to collect all my thoughts just yet, I'm getting closer to being able to create a summary about what this has meant to me, and for me. Can it be possible that something can simultaneously end and begin? Seriously, Jack Handey would be proud of me today. More to come :)Need to get caught up on this project? Here's what has happened so far...Part 1: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripping-down-a-personal-project-part-1Part 2: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-2Part 3: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-3Part 4: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-4Part 5: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-5 More links to check out if you're procrastinating at work today: Article in the Halifax Citizen: http://halifaxcitizen.ca/2015/07/20/capturing-inner-beauty-photographer-on-a-mission-to-help-women-see-themselves-in-a-new-light/ LDP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LyndsayDoylePhotographyInterview on CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/Audio/ID/2672549061/--Want to get involved by joining in on a session? There are only 2 left! If you're between the ages of 25-50, I'd love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make sure you keep up to date on any future sessions. If you've emailed me in the past, and haven't been getting my emails - drop me a line again and please accept my apologies. My organization skills are improving as I go ;)Don't want to sit for a portrait but want to help? Here are some things you can do...- Start telling the women in your life how awesome they are. Often.- Share this blog post with someone you know will enjoy reading about this project.- Have a talk with your children (boys or girls) about gender equality and why it's important.- Look in the mirror and say, "I love you."- VOTE. We have a federal election coming up. Please vote for a party that supports women's rights. Women account for over half of the voting population here in Canada. Think about that for a sec. We matter.Until next month,Lyndsay
A grown-ups-only trip to NYC. I don't really think I need to say anymore, do I?! I'll keep it short...For five days, we walked, biked, boated, and subway'd our way around Manhattan. Was it amazing? I've been to London and Paris. I've been to Rome and Barcelona and Prague and Budapest and Vienna and Venice. I've even been to Vegas, Sans Diego and Francisco, Miami, New Orleans.....and some other very cool "big" cities. First of all, I can't actually believe it's taken so long for me to get my butt to NYC; and second of all, it's simply unlike anything I've ever seen before.There aren't any sentences I can put together to describe this city. Before you go, there are some words you'll hear being tossed around by those who've visited: Big. Loud. Fast. Busy. Overwhelming.And while these words may be accurate, there are also the words that pop into your head after you come home that must be considered. The ones that float to the surface after you've had time to process everything you've seen and done. The words that come directly from your heart, and not your brain. Like:Safe.Friendly.Stimulating.Light.Inspiring.Albeit slightly out of place, I have to add the word "efficient" to this list. Yup. I've never seen people work so effectively. Lineups moving at a rate I've never seen before (in a good way). Professional, effective, organized, beautiful chaos. Concise directions and polite control over everything. I'm still trying to figure out how I can inject a little NYC work ethic into my life - fits my personality perfectly. No nonsense, straightforward, and just a little weird. And while we came home exhausted (like every trip, right?) we loved every minute of our time in NYC. The people, the food, the BEER! OMG, the beer!! And, NYC, my obsession for straight lines thanks you for your perfectly aligned streets and mostly square buildings. Maybe we're soulmates? Here's how last week looked through my eyes (tip of the NYC photograph iceberg that now sits on my hard drive):
Will I go back? Of course I will. There are many, many, MANY museums, galleries, restaurants and performances that are calling my name. I can practically hear the MOMA yelling at me as I'm typing this - "YOU FORGOT MEEEEEE!!!" Or maybe it's one of those situations where you purposely leave something behind so you have to go back? Yup, I think it's true love.--Lyndsay Doyle is an avid traveller and photographer based in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a talented sleeper, this is the first time EVER she's stayed up late enough to photograph a cityscape while on vacation.
We're now over halfway through this project. A whole year of photographing women with no makeup, and we're over halfway through.
I'm proud of myself for sticking with a project for so long. I'm REALLY proud of all the women who've shown up to make it happen. The thing that keeps amazing me is hearing your reasons "why." Why are you showing up? I have my reasons for wanting to do this (and there are many), but what I find most interesting is hearing why each person who walks through my door is there, on that day, at that time. I'm actually planning a blog post to share some of those reasons with you, because I've given each woman an opportunity to tell me, in her own words, why she wanted to participate in this project. Some of the answers are pretty awesome :)
So, we've completed shooting session 5 of 8 scheduled for the year. Only three left to go. Part of me is a little sad that it will be over soon, but I'm also incredibly excited about what we've accomplished. I'm trying to come up with a great way to wrap the entire project up nicely at the end of the year. I've got a few ideas floating around in my head, but if you have any, I'd LOVE to hear them! Just leave a comment below and let me know how you think I should tie everything together. Book? Billboard? Airplane banner? lol.Here are: Maureen, Carol C., Carol M., Barbara, Amy, Cindy, Aimee, Meghan, Emily, Victoria, Heather, Chantelle, and Tamara. 13 Beautifully fresh faces. 13 Wonderful personalities.
To all these women - thank you, thank you, thank you. This session was our biggest one yet (13 people - woohoo!) Looking forward to September :)
Need to get caught up on this project? These links will help...Part 1: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripping-down-a-personal-project-part-1Part 2: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-2Part 3: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-3Part 4: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-4
Article in the Halifax Citizen: http://halifaxcitizen.ca/2015/07/20/capturing-inner-beauty-photographer-on-a-mission-to-help-women-see-themselves-in-a-new-light/ LDP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LyndsayDoylePhotographyInterview on CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/Audio/ID/2672549061/--Want to get involved by joining in on a session? If you're between the ages of 25-50, I'd love to hear from you! Email me at email@example.com and I'll make sure you keep up to date on any future sessions. If you've emailed me in the past, and haven't been getting my emails - drop me a line again and please accept my apologies. My organization skills are improving as I go ;)Don't want to sit for a portrait but want to help? Here are some things you can do...- Start telling the women in your life how awesome they are. Often.- Share this blog post with someone you know will enjoy reading about this project.- Have a talk with your children (boys or girls) about gender equality and why it's important.- Look in the mirror and say, "I love you."Until next month,Lyndsay--Lyndsay Doyle is a family photographer based in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. This is her first personal project, and it is proving to be more educational to her than all her years of schooling, workshops and technical training combined.
Does the thought of rounding up the fam for a proper family photo session make you break out into a full body sweat? I totally get it. I'm kinda like that too (shhh...don't tell anyone). Clothes, locations, finding the TIME - it's a little overwhelming, right? And what if the kids act up? What if we don't look "natural?"
What if, what if, what if....Here's a little secret...it's not as bad as you think it is. In fact, sometimes it's downright hilarious and lots of fun. I try my best to make it as painless as possible, offering assistance when needed, and backing off when not. I encourage families to relax, let the kids get a little dirty, wear what makes them comfortable, and trust me to make them look awesome (because they always do!) Sessions with young children can be challenging because kids often have other plans than just sitting there, being cute for the camera lady. But I love a challenge, and kids are my specialty :)So, what do we go through in order to get the "perfect family picture?" Here's what a typical family shoot with me really looks like:Babies fall over...
And then we get the money shot.
I make mistakes. Sometimes they turn out cool...(sometimes they don't)
We take playground breaks to kill some energy and keep the kids happy. There's no hurry, I'm very patient.
We wander a bit looking for different backdrops. Some work and some don't. We always find something that does - like I said, I'm patient. Believe it or not, this session took place in and around some baseball fields. There were two games going on, tons of people around, very loud, and we totally made it work.
We dance and sing in the forest (Let it Goooo...)
Dads make great assistants (WHY am I picturing her wedding when I look at this photo?)Brothers photobomb sisters. Happens all the time, and yes, you get those photos to keep.
Kids cry. They pout, they pee, they throw things and say things they know they shouldn't. They need comfort, snacks and toilet breaks. It's all normal and real. I have two kids, I know all about it. And I don't even blink, it's part of being a kid. It would almost be weird if we made it through an entire session withOUT someone crying (and I'm not talking about you, Dad!)
We play games. Peek-a-boo works up until about age 5.
And we always make a point of capturing just Mom and Dad together...
I don't wear a watch. I don't really care how much time goes by (although I'm great at judging when everyone is just "done.") But I always get the shots I want.
Your final images with me read like a story of our time together. Real stuff. I'll direct you, help you choose your clothes and locations in advance, if you want. I'll make it as easy for you as I possibly can. All you have to do is book it. And show up, of course :)
Yup, that's what it really looks like behind the scenes. We laugh a lot, we make mistakes, we keep it real (do people still say that?) Remember, the days are long but the years are short. Or however that goes. Don't wait, kids grow up fast. Get family pictures done now, before they don't want to sit on your shoulders anymore. Because nothing's more awkward than trying to get your 25-year old son on your shoulders. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your easy-going, fun family photo shoot today; there's lots of nice weather left in 2015. I won't mention the "C" holiday, but I will say that family photos make great gifts :) *Thanks to the crazy awesome Sharkey family of Summerside PEI for continually allowing me to photograph their gorgeous family as Kinley and Connor grow up. You guys rock! --Lyndsay Doyle is a family photographer based in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. She travels frequently to PEI every summer specifically to admire the red soil and beautiful, happy families that live there.
Well, this month has been a bit of a whirlwind! Thanks to an article in the Halifax Citizen (thank you, Heidi), and an interview on CBC Morning Radio (thank you, Louise), this project has taken a bit of a leap in popularity. I've had the opportunity to do a television interview, and my inbox is busting at the seams (I will answer them all, I promise!) I'm thankful for every opportunity to discuss what I'm doing, because I think it's important to talk about ways we can empower, support and lift women up to where they belong, in whichever way she chooses. Needless to say, the July session of Stripped! was the biggest one yet. Ten beautiful women came over this month for portraits. I want to keep this post light on the words and long on the pictures. There are some links and additional information at the bottom of this post if you'd like to get caught up on this project :)Right to the point - here are: Lisa, Holly, Rachael, Dianne, Jeannette, Heidi, Caren, Brieanna, Roni, and Niki.
Thank you to all the women who have taken time out of their day to come out to my studio and participate in this project. You totally rock, and I'm SO happy to have connected with you. Your faces, each one unique, each one strong and beautiful, are helping women realize how that they have so much to offer the world. Your hearts, minds and souls shine through when you allow yourself to "strip down." Your vulnerability is wildly attractive, and I hope that you have all come out of your session with me with a new spark of confidence and a heightened sense of comaraderie with your fellow women. You're all amazing. Need to get caught up on this project? These links will help...Part 1: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripping-down-a-personal-project-part-1Part 2: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-2Part 3: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-3Article in the Halifax Citizen: http://halifaxcitizen.ca/2015/07/20/capturing-inner-beauty-photographer-on-a-mission-to-help-women-see-themselves-in-a-new-light/ LDP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LyndsayDoylePhotographyInterview on CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/Audio/ID/2672549061/--Want to get involved by joining in on a session? If you're between the ages of 25-50, I'd love to hear from you! Email me at email@example.com and I'll make sure you keep up to date on any future sessions :)Don't want to sit for a portrait but want to help? Here are some things you can do...- Start telling the women in your life how awesome they are. Often.- Share this blog post with someone you know will enjoy reading about this project.- Have a talk with your children (boys or girls) about gender equality and why it's important.- Look in the mirror and say, "I love you."Until next month,Lyndsay--Lyndsay Doyle is a family photographer based in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. This is her first personal project, and it is proving to be more educational to her than all her years of schooling, workshops and technical training combined.
If you've been following along with this project, you already know how awesome things have been going. Long story short, I'm photographing women between the ages of 25-50 without their makeup. There's a number of reasons why I've chosen to do this, and lots of other reasons why these women have chosen to participate. And if you're reading this (thank you!), you probably have your own reasons for wanting to click on that link. Regardless of our reasons for being here, here we are at session 3/9 of my personal project I've named, "Stripped!" I'm opening my studio one morning each month for the rest of 2015 to any woman who would like to be photographed without any makeup. Kind of simple, kind of deep.On the surface, the images we're coming up with together are simple, clean and classic black and white images of women. Look a little deeper, and you'll find more. You'll find mothers, professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and learners. You'll find women who are single, some who are married, and some who are divorced. You'll find fighters, strugglers and survivors. You'll find strong brains, deep hearts and powerful souls. They have all walked through my door for their own, different reasons.Everyone has a story. One of my goals for this project has been to help women find their "reset" button. Life's busy, life's hard. We need to get back to basics, to be able to reconnect with what's important, and learn what's not. I want them to feel as though they can do anything, and be confident enough to walk out the door in the morning, just as they are, and feel great about themselves, with or without makeup. With or without wearing a fashionable outfit. It's that whole "you are enough" thing that everyone's talking about right now, and I'm totally on board with it.You are enough. You are intelligent, strong and beautiful.You are enough.Here are Venessa, Steph, Amanda and Erin.
When I look at them, I see beautiful lights in their eyes. And I can almost hear their voices and laughter just by looking at them. I see their trust in me through the lens, and I'm starting to understand the importance of feeding a woman's heart with love and truth. I know I've said this before, but it's so true and I'm going to say it again: these women have no idea how much they're changing my life. When a woman leaves my studio after one of these shoots, all I want is for her to feel a new spark of confidence. Whether it's a teeny tiny little speck of a spark, or a spark as large as the sun, I hope she will be able to go home that day, look in the mirror and think she's pretty awesome. Because everyone else around her already knows it :)--Want to learn more? Want to get involved?Get caught up on previous blog posts about this project...Part 1: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripping-down-a-personal-project-part-1Part 2: http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripped-part-2Want to sit for a portrait? If you're between the ages of 25-50, I'd love it if you got in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll let you know when our next session will be. All you have to do is show up. Our sessions are quick, fun and guidance is provided. Know someone who may be interested? Send them my way, or share this blog post with them. The more the merrier!--Lyndsay Doyle is a portrait photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a married mom of two, owns and operates two small businesses, and simply loves life.
We're just days away from our official start to summer. I have high hopes that warmer weather will magically appear along with the change in season, but hey, this winter lowered our standards significantly, so I'll be happy with the "no snow" status we've been enjoying this month.The end of June brings the start of a parallel universe we like to call "no school" for two months. While the calendar fills up with soccer practices and weekends at the cottage, parents everywhere are thanking the Gods of School Lunches for a little break in the schedule. It's a good time to be young. Long, warm days and cool evenings mean more time to play outside. Dirt-stained knees and sunscreen-covered faces smile at me through the lens, and I can't stop thinking about how good life is right now. The suburbs are the place to be in the summertime. Grassy yards, piles of dirt waiting to be spread, and paved driveways are dream playgrounds for our kids; the con of falling off their bikes outweighed by the pro of having a place to ride them. Friends come over to play, and we come out of hibernation, eager to light up the barbeque every day until it gets too cold to cook outside.Golden sunsets peek through the trees in the backyard, providing a beautiful evening glow over our dandelion and forget-me-not covered lawn (we leave them for the bees - yup). And we sit on the deck, drinking beer and discuss weekend road trips we want to take. Like I said, life is good. The sun is my battery.Jace still happily poses for me when I ask him to, he's four right now. I know this won't last forever, so I'm taking advantage of it while I can. His big brother looks me right in the eye and now says "no" when I ask, and I respect that. But I'm not below hiding in the tall grass at soccer games, though. Heads up to all the other soccer parents if you see a strange lady in camo clothes lurking in the bushes at the field. My intentions are good, I assure you :)
So, what's on our agenda this summer? A whole lot of I-don't-know-what. The calendar is full. Soccer, playgrounds, cottage, cruisin' in the van-mobile, gas station slushies, and hitting the beach one or two (hundred) times. The usual suburban stuff. One thing I do know is that it will be over in the blink of an eye, so we're going to try to max out on the beauty of each day. Pretty soon, we'll be back to making lunches, covering up the grill, and warming up those snow shovels. Nova Scotia, you're such a tease.--Lyndsay Doyle is a children's and lifestyle photgrapher based in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. She has a love/hate relationship with living in the suburbs, and is always looking for ways to turn chain link fences into beautiful backdrops for family photos. She's still working on email@example.com
Are you stumbling upon this project for the first time? Well, I'm really glad you did. Feel free to click on the link below to see how it all started....http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/1-the-past-12-months/stripping-down-a-personal-project-part-1--Stripped - Part 2.Last week, I was lucky enough to spend the morning with Holly, Michelle, Kerry and Monique - all of whom stopped by the studio to be photographed for my "Stripped" project that I've been working on all year. The project focusses on photographing women without any makeup, in clothing of their choice, and with very minimal guidance from me while being photographed. The result is photos that are vulnerable, organic and very real. For me, the images that we are creating exude strength, confidence and happiness, and that is exactly what I was hoping to achieve through this project.To say I've been blown away by the supprt and positivity I've been receiving so far would be a huge understatement. I've received a lot of really amazing emails from women who just want to say that they get it. They understand why we need to do this, and they support me and every single woman who walks through my door. The fact is that the ten women I've been lucky enough to photograph so far, whether they realize it or not, have each been instrumental in creating change. Not only in me, but in so many others. I hope they realize how important the message is that they're sending to women of all ages. The message is simple: You are perfect just as you are. What I love most about these sessions, is that the photo shoot part of it lasts about 5 minutes. That's it. But the conversations can last for hours. I'm not kidding - hours. There's something that happens when you introduce something as intimate as photography to a woman who has "stripped" down in some way. There's a vulnerability between both of us that translates into a trust and understanding that is pretty profound. With these women, I've cried, listened, laughed and shared (and possibly told a dirty joke or two). They're changing my life in a way that I really did not expect. It's quite an honour to be entrusted with their feelings, and I promise to always honour that trust. Here are the final images from our latest session:
They're just beautiful, aren't they?Want to get involved by being photographed? I would love that. Just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll keep you posted on upcoming sessions. We'll be doing one each month for the rest of 2015. Even if you're not ready to be photographed, but just want to follow along on the journey this year, let me know and I'll happily add you to the growing email list. Want to get involved by showing your support? That would be really, really awesome. The more people who get involved, the better. You can help share the love by emailing this blog post with a friend you think may enjoy it, or share it on your own personal Facebook page (tag a friend!) - you just never know who may need to hear this message today.As always, thank you for your ongoing support and your kind words and comments. I'm not sure where we'll go with this project, or even what the end goal is, but I'm committed to following through on my plan to open my doors once a month to any woman between the ages of 25-50 who would like to have her portrait done. The only rule is that you have to "strip" for me :)See you next month!--Lyndsay Doyle is a photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She thrives on creating meaningful portraits for families, individuals and small businesses.
Suburbs - not city, not country. Somewhere in between. Few distinguishable features, and severly lacking for creative inspiration. Drives creative types to look harder, look further, beyond the obvious. And I'm still looking....Living in the suburbs does have its benefits. Where we live is a great place to raise our kids; it's why we chose to live here and why we choose to stay here. We have just enough space, neighbours are close (but not too close), and I like that a lot of the grocery store cashiers know my name. I actually really like that. I like that my kids' friends all live within the same telephone exchange. I like that the bus ride doesn't take an hour (each way) for them. And I love our friends who have decided to live the same life. I still have to drive to get to my mailbox, though. That's a bit of a bummer. And our resident raccoons are a real pain in the ass. But what I dislike the most, is the way it looks. Unfortunately, my inner creative is a superficial, shallow, snotty girl. I want where I live to be drop dead gorgeous. I want it to be exciting and vibrant and wild. When I look out my window, I want to be blown away by beautiful sunsets and windy fields. Or bright lights and the smell of rockin' parties that last all night. Either or would be fine with me. But I don't have that. So what to do? Look for the beauty where you are.
Love the one(s) you're with.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Love is all around you - just open your eyes, Lyndsay.
All you can control is you. It's my new personal motto.Can the suburbs be beautiful? Can they have a personality? Do they have anything to offer my senses, my mind? I'm sure the answer is yes. Because every memory I will have of us as a FAMILY will be based here. And that's the most beautiful thing in the world. So I'm going to open my eyes a little wider. Try to fall in love with what I see around me. I already feel it in my heart, so now I'm going to work on some photos that celebrate us in our environment - the messy decks, the chain-linked parks, the minivans and the strip malls. This is where my kids will grow up. All their memories will be based here. Their roots, and now mine are firmly planted here in the middle - not city, not country. Embrace the middle. Embrace the anywhere. Embrace the people, not where they are. Life in the suburbs. This is it - Part 1. Lots more to come as I explore this weird middle-land.