Edmonton & Area Travelling Red Dress Creative Project

July 31, 2019  •  2 Comments

Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography

Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography

We often hear of those in the Art Industry as "Creatives".

What we don't often hear publicized is how tricky and challenging it is to be a "Creative".

We are beings that give of ourselves to others.  Period.  Often we give more than we have available.  That's the thing though.  We just keep giving.  Not for any reason, other than, it's in our genes.  We see a need, we fill that need.  Yes, this quite often leads to burn out or exhaustion quickly.  "Burning the candle at both ends so to speak".  This is why so many of us shelter ourselves and often feel isolated, yet the desire for outside connections.  A very tricky and delicate balance.

 

Enter in: another avenue of photography.  Creative Projects.   Being able to create photo shoots and themes based on what I want to see happen, or what I feel is needed within my soul at the time.  Is a phenomenal, yet overwhelming, yet spectacular feeling and adventure ever!  Revamping, Relaunching, Renewing one's inner fire and passion!

This was my first ever creative shoot!  Overwhelming is an understatement! What to do? Who to get? What theme? Why? Where? and the list goes on...

Since I am also a person whom loves to strive for that dreaded word "perfect".  It's a word that we all know, grew up with, haunts us, yet we continue to use it daily.  As long as you relax on it's meaning, it's a perfect word.  Teehee.  But really, if you are able to go with the flow and be okay with the results - you'll be great!  Also realizing the amount of effort you expel ... will give you your results.  

Anyways ... squirrel! Haha onto the Edmonton & Area Travelling Red Dress Creative Project!  The theme of these sessions were individual.   The models, not models by the trade/beauty industry standards.  They were real life beautiful ladies in my life, that model balance and power, and strength, and that have made an impact on this chapter of my life.  I wanted to be able to showcase them, and help them step into a bit of a different scene than that they normally would've on their own.  Was everything picturesque and perfect, in my world it sure was!  Do you know Murphy?  Like "Murphy's Law", well, that was all of this and more!  

We had time crunches (like 10 mins to complete the WHOLE SHOOT!), we had -40 C snowing temperatures, we had blizzards, we had cold hands/feet/blue lips, we had kids, children, toddlers, babysitters, "MOM, help me", "Mom, I want to be in the photos", "MOMMMMMMMM", then there was my phone calls of emergencies too! hahaha, BUT WE GOT THE SHOT!

What does The Travelling Red Dress mean to Me?

A Challenge Accepted - Here hold my proverbial beer!

1.  I have always hated the color red. 

Why?  No idea, could be "Aunt Flow", as we all know how much we dislike that one time of the month ... not sure.  This pushed me out of that comfort zone firstly.  Why?  Being the color alone - I had 5 different ladies wear it.  The color looked amazing on all of them!  That in itself was an eye opener. 

Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography

2.  How did the dress make everyone feel? 

To each person, the dress represented something different: 

* It was nice & flowy with a romantic boho vibe!

* It was a weird shape versus our own body style.

* What the F is this? This won't fit me? This is weird fabric!

* It made me feel pretty, and sensual.

* It flattered me in a way I haven't felt in a long time.

* It hugged my curves ever so!

* Showed more skin than I want to show, Ack!

Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography

3.  Would you do this again?  In a heart beat!  I loved the force out of my zone, it was an awesome shake up creatively!  To take one style of dress, and not only put it on a bunch of different styles of women, but to also take it and wear the dress in a bunch of different styles and locations too!  Is fantastic!

Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography

4.  What is the end result from all of the ladies?

* HOLY CRAP - THAT'S ME?? (gawking at herself)

* Awe that's so cool!

* I guess the fabric isn't that weird - my goodness look at My Photos!! <3

* They turned out incredible!

* I feel amazing because of them!

* Thank you for finding a way to make me feel so comfortable!

* I just love them! Thank you! 

 

Thank you to all of the amazing ladies in my life that helped me out of my comfort zone through this Travelling Red Dress Creative Project @Korena Paradis Photography! (Healthy Inspirations Photography at that time though) 

 

Together we created some fantastic images, moments and memories! It turned out more Perfect than I could've imagined!! 

 

Would you be interested in partaking in one of My Creative Projects?  I do one per month and I am always looking for models, or anyone that would like to get in front of the camera as models do.  Do you need experience? NOPE!  You just need to have a slightly open mind, for some great creative fun (all of my visions are G rated, any that are over that limit would be specifically mentioned and casted for such with detail.) 

Please contact me directly at:   https://www.korenaparadisphotography.ca/contact.html


In the beginning, how did Photography choose Me

July 31, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

First Selfied Headshot 2018Love my crazy curly purplish hair and everything that it represents, the fun, the passion, the creativity! Once upon a time, in a land far away...haha just kidding! 

I've pretty much lived where I am most of my life, never straying far for long.  Which is definitely bittersweet.  I have a love for our hometown like no other, the people, the landmarks, the sense of community like it had as I grew up.  I'm one of the neighbors on the block that knows the others names, will let you know if you forgot to close the garage door, and if Grandma needs help shoveling her walks in the winter.  

Oops, off topic!  Apologies, as I often "squirrel" or track off into another conversation then going back to finish the first, or maybe not.  Maybe all was already said :) 

I believe the Universe, God, Momma Nature and all other beings out there, helps us with our destiny.  If we are willing to let them guide us, follow their leads, we will be destined for the best we can be.  We just need to put in the work, be patient for the results, and learn from the experiences that help shape us. 

Growing up, I was that super tall, lanky girl that was as tall as the boys, except I had a mop of curls.  Yup!  HUGE HAIR!  Yes, I hated it, it tested me every moment of the way.  Now, I adore it.  I am grateful for it, and I am thankful for my mom whom told me time and time again, you will love it one day Korena.  And of course, Mom was right! Along with that hair came the desire of color, and makeup and connectivity of emotions.  How those all fit together in the big picture, scientifically, I have no clue.  I just know in my world there is a fierce connection.  One that which helps me connect with so many other persons, in an endless degree.  I am also that person, that will compliment you if I see your amazing lashes in the grocery store. 

Squirrel...fast forward, get married, have kids, work from home, as I found a beauty supply company that was fantastic, helped me gain amazing products for my skin and my family's at a discount - It was heaven!  I took that to the next level, went to school and got my Gel Nail Certification, as well as my Make Up Artist Certificate.  I am a happy little clam!  Then, it happened.  THAT Beauty company shut down.  ACK!!  What to do?? Pause story.

As the years went on, through junior high and all, I always loved taking pictures.  I am one of those people that have almost a hundred photo albums still from the old days, of the years gone by.  All of the trips we took, the places we seen, the people and concerts we experienced, ahhhhhhh it was great! Off n on again, as our kids were growing, I would often have my camera with me, and time n time again - Korena, can you take a pic of this - or can you take our picture?  Sure! Absolutely :) My heart warmed.  Weddings, Graduations, Events, Birthdays, sigh, even funerals.  :(  Alas dust to dust, ashes to ashes.

Un-pause story...once I realized the beauty company was in fact done.  It was hard.  It was like I lost a member of my family, or a divorce or something of major magnitude.  I couldn't believe it.  It felt like a death, there was a deep sense of loss.  I couldn't believe how much of my heart went to that company, the people, the products, the all!  Fast forward through all the emotions and grieving processes, I now needed to find an income.  What to do?

Keeping in mind, along my journey, my health has been much like a roller coaster.  Ups n downs, twists n turns, loops, long, slow stretches of up hill climbs, then super speeding fast descent, followed with a JOLT of stopping, then a gentle coasting forward.  YES, that has been my health.  All through the beauty time of my life, to the having kids part, and now the next phase of my life.  Along with inner health challenges, there was outer ones too.  My spine, neck, legs all have had their share of tricky moments.  I am currently awaiting assessment for surgery to see if I am able to get more "life" back into my step.  I could go into great detail here, you could also start snoring.  Ha ha.  For real though, life has thrown a chunk of curve balls at me, speed bumps, and obstacles; as I gently assess and maneuver through, or around them, perhaps even over them, I will find a way to reach my goals. 

This is how Photography came to Me.  I realized that I could no longer physically do a "normal/average 9-5 job".  My body and health requirements do not allow it.  How can I still help my family, and my soul, and even others? Light bulb moment - Of course!!  Taking photos!  I love it, I am able to share my passions with others, help others see the best within themselves, while still leaning on my Beauty Industry knowledge.  Knowing, understanding the hair and makeup angles, the importance healthy skin plays in photos, as well as how the photos will turn out in the end is a super awesome combo in my eyes.  I am grateful for my journey, the chapters and challenges I have had.

I have learned to go with the flow.  What we plan, may not happen. It may happen sooner or may be later, or not at all.  Which ever be the case, it's the grand plan of the Universe.  We are here to enjoy, learn, and respect it all.  Sharing and loving each other as our days are not promised, they should be enjoyed as we remember them.  I am big on connections, and keeping a pace that is good for everyone as moments happen too quickly sometimes we don't even realize the moment passed, or "that" happened, until we are looking back at the memories.

As you grow to know me, you will learn that my health, your health, is one that I will always gravitate towards.  Whether it be your internal or physical health, emotional or your spiritual health, they are all super important.  Sure, when I take photos of mud or truck events, it may seem weird about Healthy Inspirations ... however, inspiring to keep your heart and soul happy and healthy - has plenty of part in the happenings at that event.  Seeing the look on your face as your machine rips past everyone in the mud race, and being able to freeze time with that photo!  Or the look on the parents face, when your child is sharing the blanket with their sibling, or them looking back at you with love & adoration; those treasured moments in time,  that we created together, the emotions and connections we were able to capture. 

Thank you for reading along with me today and getting to know a bit about how photography came to me!

Self Portrait Fall 2019Self Portrait from my Red Dress Creative Project, the first of many projects that will be coming our way...


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