Elan Vital Series

Personal Projects

When I was younger I used to do a lot of sketching, mostly body parts.  I was always sketching eyes that were filled with tears, they were huge in comparison to the face and looked a bit alien like.  I loved to draw them and could spend my time in my room sketching – I was never very good but the process is what I enjoyed.  I was always so happy with my creation, and then one day I became a grown up and put the pencil down.  When I look back I cannot point to one event or another, it just seemed to fade.  The desire just left.  I was likely in my late teens when I pushed it aside, I just was not good enough to make anything of it even though it brought me some joy in the creation process, it was time to grow up.  So, I did.  I mean I did replace some of that creativity with coloring (cause it’s all the rage) and also with photography, but that was in the film days and I always struggled with creating my vision. My inner and outer would never match and I got frustrated for so long.   It’s taken years of practice and playing and getting lost in the process of creating to finally bring me full circle to creating images from portraits that are so, so similar to my childhood days of doodling and sketching.  So I decided to start a series called ‘Elan Vital’ or Inner Child, as a reminder that maybe we can still have joy and to connect with those little one’s we left behind, they are always there for us, and they miss us. 

 

I am offering this series for clients to book.  If you want to create a beautiful art piece of you, or to help you reconnect with your inner child, please call (250 932-1143)  or email me to discuss a session.

These are precious one of a kind pieces crafted with love and attention. 

I hope to see you for a session soon.

~Kimberly

Creative Inspiration

My friend Kendall is an artist, model and very sensitive person. She has been sketching since I met her and in the last few years she has been creating these sketches. Each one makes you stop to stare at it, with their colors and sadness that oozes out of them.

Kendall’s images and a talk by another Canadian photographer, Kelly Robitaille inspired me to create my own wide eyed sad doll. I mean I loved my sad clown’s so I knew that a sad doll would be just as epic for me. I have been trying to figure out a style to work with that allow’s me to break out of my ‘brand’ and give me freedom to just goof around. This was one of those times and I just loved it!

I know it is a bit freaky, and out there but is that not what art is? To push boundaries, and allow for creativity to come forth?

Judged by your peers

Awards and Accreditations

This year I entered into the Sue Bryce Accreditation ans awards to push myself and grow. I entered 15 images and 14 of them placed with Bronze placings and these are my top 4 images. I am very proud of myself for just jumping in and putting myself out there. Thank you to the models who stepped in front of my lens to create some magic.

Portraits of Sandra

Legacy Portraits for Lifetime

This gorgeous woman reached out for a glamour session to both celebrate her 80th birthday and to capture some portraits of herself for her daughter. As soon as Sandra arrived and settled in Haley started on hair and makeup, while I got some tea on and then joined them to chat a bit and set up for our session. We decided on very neutral colors and keeping things monotone so we could really see her beauty shine through with no distractions. I think it was mission accomplished!

Andrea's Maternity Session 34 Weeks!

Maternity Glamour

Who else thinks Andrea is a glamour gal as an expectant mother? When Andrea called to chat about her session I envisioned her as on the cover of a mag and we discussed this look, with flowing fabric, and big hair.

Glowing Francine

Maternity Glamour Outdoors

I met Francine through her amazing makeup skills and we have work together in the past so when she asked if I would do her images I was over the moon thrilled. One thing about this mamma is the amount of faith she has and how much thought she put into her session. This is her second child and she made sure to have some little details to include her entire family. There were candles with 3 wicks to represent her growing little family, a henna tattoo done by Charcoal - Eclectic Artisan Emporium and Henna Lounge collaborated with her eldest daughter on outfit choice and styling (can you say awe) and had some pintrest ‘inspo’ on hand.

I picked her up at her home and met Sarah Bowman who agreed to create some BTS video footage (thank you so much), and we all headed out to one of her favorite summer swimming holes - Nanaimo River just out by Cassidy. We arrived and immediately spotted a berry bush of sorts that just screamed at us, it was so colorful, we had to play. After spending some time shooting we moved on down to the river stopping along the way to shoot with beautiful cedar trees and some candles. We finally made it to the river only to sit and stare at the rushing waters and enjoy a little moment of wonder. We finished our session by the river and headed back to the car to end the day.

You can find the Talented artist who did the henna at Charcoal - Eclectic Artisan Emporium and Henna Lounge

Follow Francine’s Makeup Artistry at Artistry by Francine

Follow Sarah Bowman at Sarah Bowman Portraits

Amanda's White Sheet Session

Boudoir but better.

Amanda booked in for one of my White Sheet Sessions to celebrate a few milestones in her life, being a mom, starting a new workout routine and also to capture her new gorgeous smile. I have shot Amanda a few times in the past and it is always a great time.

A few days ramping up to the session, I got a few messages from her about how excited she was for this and she booked in for some additional pampering by getting her nails done ( I mean why not!). Then of course we had the threat of snow, and that had both of us a bit nervous about a go or no go. But the snow held off and she arrived at the studio with hubby and babe in tow. She got dropped off and bit early and her hubby took their daughter for some daddy and daughter time out in nature while we completed the session. The space was already set and within a few minutes of wrapping herself in the white sheet we had captured beautiful images. The session was full of laughs and gossip (cause that’s what we do) I worked with her to position her in the most graceful and flattering way, and we just ‘played’. Once we were about 45 minutes into the session I suggested having her hubby come back and floated the idea of adding her daughter into the images. I thought we could capture some precious moments between mum and her little 18 month old sweet heart. We only had about 10 minutes then it was a wrap. Another great session - I just love these sessions!

Kim these images are amazing!!!! I felt so comfortable and just relaxed working with you, and then the fact that my daughter joined in after just made it all that much better. You always make me laugh and In doing that we create amazing photos. It’s always been an honour to work with you. I have never felt so beautiful especially lately until I got behind your camera, the best sound from you is “yes,yes, yes. That’s it!!” And that happens to be a lot. And not to mention how amazing and patient you were with my daughter...thanks for being awesome and making me feel more than I already do. ~Amanda