Cait & Ryan’s Wedding

This awesome couple got married on August 24, 2013.

Cait is an old friend that I have known since elementary school. Cait & Ryan share the most gorgeous little girl, Bella. I was honored to attend and photograph their wedding. It was a gorgeous sunny day to be surrounded by friends, family, nature and the water.
I hope you will enjoy the photos I collected from their special day.

“We’re all wired to find love. And when we meet someone who radiates it, we naturally crave their company.” -Kari Kampakis

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~xoxxox~

Inspiration & Motivation

I’ve been meaning to blog for a while, but for the longest time I wasn’t sure what on.
Photography, tutorials, editing processes, etc. were all ideas that crossed my mind. I thought it might be interesting to talk about something besides photography and touch on the idea of motivation and inspiration, mentioning how the analytical side of our brain interacts with the right side.

It’s February; cold, snowy and grey. For some of us, it’s half way through the second semester of university. We often find ourselves being exhausted, clinging to our beds; hoping for just 5 more minutes of cuddling with our pillow. I found myself unmotivated after long nights of studying and reading research papers, so I actively sought out ways to bring back my motivation and inspiration. Some of these concepts I learned at school, some just work for me and maybe you as well:

Active studying/learning
What is that? It is the process where your brain uses as many processes to encode a memory, such as talking through notes and readings (invokes mechanical movement from the motor-cortex and frontal lobe stimulation from the language centers of the mind). It also allows you to stimulate the temporal lobes the sense of hearing is evaluated whilst reading out-loud; you are processing sound waves into your memory, another source of encoding. Then there is vision -visual learning can be a significant part to one’s ability to learn. Visual representations of the big picture subconsciously encodes the global and local aspects in question; seeing the tree and/or the forest before the other. Research has shown that another way to increase certain productivity is by the colours of the wall or platform you are working on -Blues evoke creativity while Reds stimulate detailed awareness.

Look at successful people
And I don’t really mean that as in look at their success and only that – look back and find where they came from, how they started and what got them to where they are today.  In almost all aspects of a successful person or business, there is a firm foundation of hard work. We all have those days where we take breaks, put work off to this mystical land called ‘tomorrow’ and unfortunately find ourselves on time crunches.
There is the work we grunt through, then there is the work we do- we know it’s work, but it doesn’t feel like it because we feel it will pay off. Beyonce ran miles while singing in order to be able perform on stage and not being exhausted. J.K. Rowling has the rags to riches story for harboring one of the most successful children’s story in the making; can you imagine how many people told her to give up and try a different career path? Halle Berry stayed in a Chicago homeless shelter when she moved to become an actress and Johnny Depp was a pens salesman. Just something to keep in mind. They may not be necessarily have succeeded in the field you are currently entering, but the concept is transferable.

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Finding Inspiration
The right brain and left brain are found to use the same processes as each other when approaching creative and analytical concepts: generating ideas, evaluating them and executing them, with many creative sparks over time. So whatever your field, the release of dopamine is stimulated by the same influences. When you glance over a photograph that is so captivating that invokes you to want to create again, it is the same as someone reading a paper or novel and being motivated to do it themselves or get back to their research. In the end I don’t think science and art are exactly that different as their foundations are the same, it’s just the top coat that differentiates the two.
When I am having troubles finding inspiration for art work, I find myself diving head first into Pinterest. Yes.. Pinterest. It allows me to observe photographs over a variety of genres, and opens me to different concepts and ideas. It pays to look at left field; it’s not the same as the right field and can open you to an angle you weren’t always aware of. My suggestions for seeking inspiration is to first go to those that inspired you in the first place. Look at their work, and remember how it inspired you to push through and get where you are today. Then try to find others in the field you weren’t aware of before..
Other things that I often do is bake, read a book, and GET OUT!

Go out into the world and clear your mind. Breath in some fresh oxygen and not the kind settling in your apartment or house. Open the windows before you go so that when you come back to clean air. When I get out of my place for a little mind clearing I like to go for walks downtown, or drive outside the city and re-see the world. I also enjoy meeting up for friends over coffee and talking with them, seeing how their lives are and catching up- remembering that there is a life outside of the pages of notes and files of retouching. Sometimes one mind just needs another to bounce ideas off of and become active again.

Currently it’s 2:15am and I’ve had a red bull to help keep me up to write this. I hope this post makes
some sense and helps some of you who read my blog. I’m always open to questions if anyone has any.

Wishing you all the best as always

-Marie-Louise C.

Megan & John – Wedding

This awesome couple got married on October 27th, 2012.

These two and everyone at the wedding were such troopers, there was rain and they all grouped together and faced the storm for photos
Megan & John were so supportive to each other throughout the day and you could sense it while being around them that they are inseparable.

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

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Papercut Magazine – Sea of Diamonds

Hey everyone! It has been a bit since I’ve poked my head into submissions. Been quite busy photographing some lovely weddings this past summer (a fantastic opportunity). I am so happy to let you guys know thought that one of my creative shoots has been featured on Papercut Magazine’s webitorial section!

I had a great team on set who were very supportive in my idea for the shoot and helped it come alive.
Model: Alana @ Next
MUA/Hairstylist: Felicia Bromba
Stylist: Vincent Lee
Photographer: Marie-Louise Collins

And here is a behind the scenes video of the shoot with additional images! Please check it out 🙂

Behind the Scenes – Papercut Magazine Sea of Diamonds from Marie-Louise Collins on Vimeo.

Thank you for your continued support as always

xoxxox

-Marie-Louise C.

Taylor & Phil – Wedding

These two tied the knot on May 26th 2012!

I am honored to have been apart of their special day and a beautiful day it was.
Special thanks to Kia for being my assistant and second shooter on this wonderful day!

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Tree of Memories Year 2!

I was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of people willing to help out this year with the project and so I must give a huge thanks to them because I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Another big thanks to the Kamloops Art’s Council for their support in the project for a second year.

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The concept of the Tree of memories is based on the idea that protected within each jar is a jewel that shines, representing a happy memory. This jar is hung in a tree with many other jars symbolizing the growth and flourish of new memories throughout our life time. The project aims at bringing people together and remembering moments in our past that define us, shape us, but above all, fill us with warmth and inspiration for it is those memories that allow us to move forward.

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories.

Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”

-Jeremy Irons

I think the most magical part of the set up process is when the sun is gradually setting, the lights are becoming more and more apparent in the jars. I also loved it when people would come up to us while we were putting them up and asking “What are you guys doing?” then coming back when the sun has set and saying “Oh I see now! This is so beautiful.”

Special Thanks to my Amazing Helpers!

Ben, Cameron, Chris, Corey, Gareth, Jon, Mark, Nadine, and Priya!

Megan & John – Engaged

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I was very honored to have the privilege of photographing Megan and John’s engagement photos.

This adorable couple will be saying “I Do” this October.

“Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious thing in the world.” – Nicholas Sparks

Les Yeux

This has been something I’ve wanted to blog about for some time now, but I had to figure out how I wanted to talk about it and find the courage to.

I think it is important to be able to talk about the challenges you have over come in your life because others may have gone through it or are going through it; but you would never know if they didn’t open up and talk about it.

 

One challenge that I faced when I was young was that I had an Amblyopia (commonly know as a lazy eye). Amblyopia’s are caused by the muscles in your eye either pulling too much to one side or not enough, causing it to not face directly forward. I was the only child in grade 1 with glasses, but I also had to wear a patch over my eye in order to reduce the amount I used it throughout the day. I was asked about it everyday by all the other children and had to explain something that I barely understood myself. I was so self conscious about it that my mother let me go to school without it, but once I got back home; the patch would go back on.

I had a wonderful eye doctor in Kamloops who helped me as best as he can. However, He transferred me to a specialist in Kelowna when my first surgery had little effect in correcting the muscle causing my amblyopia. I had to go every couple of months for a check up to see how it was progressing; but to be honest I didn’t really know what was wrong with me, or my eye. My parents tried to make it a treat as much as they could by allowing me to skip school and taking me shopping during our visit to Kelowna. Often enough tho, I had to get eye drops that would dilate my pupils. I could barely see but I remember I looked either like an alien or an anime character with these massive pupils haha.

After my second surgery in grade 4 I haven’t had to go back.

I remember I never wanted to look at a photo of myself when I was younger because I didn’t want to see my eyes. Sometimes I still find it challenging to look back but it is important for me to remember and be grateful that I could get it fixed.

Even so, I love eyes and I fall in love with people’s eyes.

The eye is one of the physical characteristics that remains constant throughout your life. They are the same size from the day you are born to the day you die. As you grow older, your face and body changes; You may gain weight and loose weight. Muscles come and go and hair doesn’t grow forever. Piercings, tattoos, and tanning can alter the skin. Wrinkles, and bags are a simple fact of life as you grow old.

But our eyes have remained constant, and watched our body change through it all.

And I believe, if you fall in love with someone’s eyes; no matter how much their physical characteristics change, you’ll fall in love with them over and over again every time you look at their eyes.

 

Anyways, I hope you are all doing well and if you have any questions I am happy to answer them :).

Wishing you all the best,

 

-Marie-Louise C.

xoxxox

~2011~

2011 was an incredible year. When 2010 ended, I had finished my travels in Europe and was full of drive and desire to be as create as possible.

This post is a recap of the projects I completed in 2011 with the support of creative teams, family, friends, and clients.
The year started off with a wonderful interview with the Daily News in home town Kamloops. Followed by being featured in several online independent magazines. Here are some of the series featured:

With the help of my friends, I also completed a long time project at Kamloop’s Canada day celebration. The Art Council of Kamloops allowed me to display my “Tree of Memories” project in the evening of their celebrations in the local park.

Soon after I hopped on a boat to Victoria to photograph a piece for an incredible scents company called Lux Vivens. This is my favourite photograph from that shoot. Below it are some photos I took whilst my stay in the lovely island of Victoria.

I am also happy to say that I photographed several couples as well as weddings this past year and here are some of my favourite images from these special days.



I was also lucky enough to have my first gallery feature lasting two months from this past September extending to November.

Aside from photography, a few things have changed in my life. I am currently attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and have been living here for the past 4 months. It has opened my eyes to the world of a city and the various tests a city will challenge you with. I’ve also made several new friends but also appreciate the comfort of returning home to my family and friends in Kamloops. Christmas was amazing and its quite a different world from the city.

2011 was an incredible year. I know 2012 will bring new surprises, challenges, and above all, incredible memories.
I hope everyone had a wonderful end to their 2011 and are ready to welcome 2012.

All the best everyone! 🙂

-Marie-Louise C.
xoxxox