The only way for me to truly feel most comfortable in my skin, is through some form of artistic nature. I am grateful for the freedom I have found through photography & nature and for meeting the right people at the right times. "Photography has provided me my permanent lighthouse, a place of light and joy where I can go and hide and forget about the world and find peace." As a child I was allowed to run free and do whatever I loved to do, to explore and try out many things, such as dance, modeling, flute, art, music, swimming, gymnastics, performing on stage with friends and family creating shows of dance, singing and just plain fun! My childhood was pretty amazing for instilling in me exploration of anything exciting and creative that was full of life and energy! There are so many forms I have applied and so many passions of mine. Photography is the greatest passion my soul has ever known. I am literally addicted to photography and creative projects, so much so, that I forget about everything while I create. It is magical for me to participate with nature and take photos and it comes so easy for me and natural, it just feels right and so divine. I live and breathe photography. Not the instruction of it, just the creation of whatever my heart and soul guide me to, there is no right or wrong in my book, it is art and therapy & a powerful form of expression. I seem to have an endless reservoir of photographic creativity within me that seems to be flowing like a river in which I cannot seem to make it stop, nor would I want to.
Before this wonderful journey of creative explosion...Photography was never something I aspired for, it was never anything i tried to do, it was never a thought for me to even embark upon, It was a revealed spontaneous passion in me so quick, then one morning I woke up and went to buy a camera, that was really it. Plain and simple, I never planned for this and it has been such a gift for me to be able to enjoy, I am grateful! "Photography is something I do for healing and it replenishes me! No matter what my physical status is at the time, I really aim to get out there and spend alittle time photographing elements of life that I see of relevance or great beauty, There is so much amazing photographic work out there, and photographers that have their own unique style that they love, no one is better or worse, we are all on a path to enrich our spirit through art. I love Avedon's work because his general style has nothing to do with perfection or the most popular camera used, yet his work is profound. Some of the greatest photographers ever portrayed used plain cameras to spectacular lens to indulging in very dirty environments for their passionate love of documentary work along with no studios, just plain light and their passionate eye to reveal the truth! It is exciting to see so much variation & talent out there and to also honor one another in what we do and acknowledge one another respectfully.Another fav of mine is Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was widely recognized as one of the greatest photographers of the Twentieth Century....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson He was an amazing photographer and he never used HD, he used 35mm to 50mm primarily and photography was about his love for it, not the equipment or for clarity, fame or being better than someone else, it was about what he captured in that moment and shared...he was humble, shy and loved his craft! What an amazing soul!!! http://www.henricartierbresson.org/index_en.htm and a Wonderful collection he has completed in his lifetime, and his work was highly grainy and faded, so interesting how photography has changed so much, I admire the old work from artists very much, it is humble, REAL and genuine and does not degrade others gifts, It is real photography, the true essence of photography... Here is another website where the photos are....http://www.afterimagegallery.com/bresson.htm Henri's photos have sold for upwards $100,000 per photograph! This one sold for 19k http://www.afterimagegallery.com/bressonmouffetard...
In the 22 years since I started photography, I never encountered a class or study of the subject, I just had this need inside to move through life with a camera as if it held my hand into oneness with nature, to heal me and help me quiet my spirit and find peace. Photography was a gift given to me by nature at a special time in my life.The gift of solace in nature, divine connection and closeness with capturing a photo the same way as I viewed it at that moment, stops time for me. It cherishes that very moment. Photography keeps that moment sacred and shares it with all of you. Photography has this way of putting me into a deep zone of subconscious attention on that very subject so intensely, that I seem to forget about everything else around me. I see something there or nature shows it to me, or the subject/person I am photographing shows it to me and I am so excited to see how it all turns out after the photo is taken. It takes me away into another world for a moment, and I am off sailing the seas... so to speak, while the world is busily moving about. In the beginning I once read inspiring advice on the National Geographic website about how they really shoot their photos and how magic can happen not only through a good lens, but mainly with true passion for the art and with that we can capture the magic of any subject, and how it really is that simple, it is just spontaneity, and just getting out there and enjoying what we do, whatever that may be... So, I thought "I live and breathe all of this, so it works well for me and comes so simple, probably because I need it in my life as an outlet for healing me and it works!" The passion is key for me, deep unrelenting passion!! And this is something I could literally do 24 hours a day and not get bored or tired, because there are always new subjects to shoot photos of and I always get back more than what I put in, so it is truly a profound gift for me to have stumbled upon~
My Photographic Artistic Gallery is an exciting online art gallery, established to provide inspiration and joy into the hearts of art & photography connoisseurs alike with the space and exposure to welcome new friends and those devoted to all forms of art for socializing and pure self expression. Everything on this website, every design detail is done by my meticulous hand. I know no other way to do things, except to honor natures perfection revealed through each photo and to also maintain 100% original works of my own through many, many hours of exhausting hard work. Nothing is pre-made or pre-formatted, every ounce of energy I have is put into the detail of each photo, the passion and love behind each photograph. With Designs Created by, AD & experience exceeding 20 years in the entertainment, art & corporate world of various industries, I believe I have the creative and expressive recipe to offer new exciting works on a regular basis by the emerging passion inside me for reinventing each day into magic through a photograph or art piece! Art is art and defined by my heart (c) AD PHOTO ATELIER, as I go & create I never know where I will end up, but I know what I am drawn to and I change direction at a moments notice, and that is what makes this all fun and worthwhile... the changes in direction,the spontaneity of the craft and finding new exciting projects around every corner it seems.... as long as I am open and awake to see what is next and I always seem to be! Here in Cyberspace at my online exhibitive place I wish to encourage all aspects of creativity in the art world through self expression, inspiration, exhibition, and placement. Opportunities abound in what is now an ever-expanding industry, of various forms of photography as intricate art forms and more particularly visual imagery dynamics that have enhanced the photography world so dramatically it is purely magical and imaginative! The creativity and determination of the new wave of artists, wishing to be exposed and accepted by the world market motivates all of us. There truly are so many talented exceptional photographers out there, with such a passion for creating and pure enjoyment of sharing their craft and inspiring others to do the same.
That is why I am here, so Welcome to AD PHOTO ATELIER and enjoy your coffee break and R.E.L.A.X. Since all photography is unique, you may not have seen anything you really connect with on the main page but you may like a particular item on my other pages regarding my latest works... Whatever you decide just relax and enjoy your visit, please check back at other times for newer updates!
AD has taken many directions in her career of entertainment to fulfill various ambitions & her creative ventures that started in 1986. It has been a long road for AD. but busy and steady.
Here is a brief list of just some of the companies amy has worked for and some of the people along the way... In AD's history she has worked as a Professional Model & awards show presenter for ESPN, George Barris- King of custom cars for the Stars, Cannell Films LTD (Vancouver BC), Koko Beach Spa Co., (Vancouver BC), R.J. Reynolds-Senior Pro Am Golf Tournament with Chi Chi Rodriquez @ Rancho Murietta Country Club, Harley Davidson, Venus Swimwear Canada, Hawaiian Tropic, Sax Energy Corporation in BC Canada, Intel Corporation, Cal Expo in Sacramento, KWOD106.5 Radio in Sacramento, California Street Machine and the Delta Hotel, Vancouver B.C. AD lived in Kitsilano when she was 17 and moved back again to West Vancouver in 1998. In 1993 Amy starred as the main dancer in a nightclub scene with lead actor Michael Dudikoff in the TV series "Cobra" shot in Vancouver BC and Produced By, Stephen J. Cannell/ Cannell Films. Amy has also been featured in several magazines such as the Cover of Rod & Custom and Harley Davidson, Canada, a 5 page special feature shoot, and she also presented at the Harley Davidson Awards ceremony In Canada. She also has modeled for several bathing suit posters and a calendar that was to be printed in 1997, but was canceled due to funding. AD has also made special appearances at car shows for red carpet events & poster signing with such actors as Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) &Kristian Alfonso from Days of Our Lives and also Playboy and hawaiian tropic models. Barry Leshtz & Richard Bencivengo Executive Management from Playboy invited Amy to their meeting in Beverly Hills, to be a consecutive contributor to their popular video line including a layout in their magazine and AD declined due to she was headed in more of a different direction in her career at that time of TV, hairstyling and print work.
Amy has also performed as a Jazz, salsa, Hip Hop Dancer & Choreographer. AD was invited to join renowned dance choreographer & fitness expert Pepper Von at his studio in teaching hip hop, after one of his lead dancers saw her going off with some hip hop moves in a nightclub, and due to AD's extensive commitments at the time, she had to decline with such regret. What a compliment coming from his Step 1 studio of total perfection! Amy also was involved in "Hair Warz" Sacramento at the Rage Night club, A large show put on by hairstylists, dancers, makeup artists etc., whom compete for the top salon in the entire region. amy was a part of the first show in the early 90's! this show won the best of the best for the entire event, with a Dick Tracy Madonna themed extensive skit.
Amy enjoyed designing the costumes, was in charge of all of the choreography and makeup and was lead performer. This was the beginning of a new friendship with hair design team BERNAE's whom was in charge of all of the hair for this competition. Amy then started training with BERNAE's exclusively for hair techniques and performing in more shows. Amy then went on her own due to her modeling commitments being more extensively contracted at the time. Amy has performed in several music videos & Amy also danced with Robert Gilliam, a critically acclaimed urban contemporary dancer & choreographer whom has performed all over the world, including performing in shows with Michael Jackson. Amy also was the main progressive hip hop dance performer for the "X" nightclub in San Francisco back in 1990 before renovation.
Amy is also a Certified Aerobics Instructor and Choreographer through vigorous past training of Creative Floor Work and Choreography clinics with a Professional Association related to Fitness, Health Promotion, Sports Medicine, and Wellness through her training at Aerobic Pipeline International. Amy has also worked extensively in marketing as a Press release writer and editor for top corporations, Skincare and makeup expert, amy worked as system administrator for a top surf company.
Several years after leaving hair salons and dancing behind Amy looked for more extensive training in other areas to balance her expertise & passions for future goals. Including training at Dermalogica, an extensive certified European skincare program for work in skincare aesthetics. Amy also attended classes for extensive training in Vidal Sassoon hair cutting techniques. Amy also worked as a Marketing Consultant and a EA for The CEO's group - dpg at Intel Corporation, Apple, Cisco, Trend Micro, Infogain and Oneill Surf including a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
Amy's background consists of a wide range of interests and studies, Art, museums, dance, music, choreography, crafts, photography, writing. Physics, holistic medicine, dance, web developing, reflexology, traveling, massage, aerobics, meditation, technology, modeling, aromatherapy, graphic design, ping pong(my fav), tennis, video games, fine dining and the ocean. Amy has been involved in Philanthropy over the years. Cerebral Palsy / art projects with Adults, Shriners Childrens Hospital, WEAVE, ONE Campaign, Santana Row/Storytelling for Borders events. Intel Kids day Science fair/mentoring program. Meals on Wheels, & Team 1 Canada, Assisting Mr. Alistair Dutson a well known BC native & exceptional public speaker, traveling all over the Canadian Rockies and Northern B.C. region in sharing life saving injury prevention skills and inspiration to hundreds of kids & teens in school auditoriums.
Amy has also studied naturopathic and holistic medicine/healing for over 20 years along with biochemistry, water testing & research, herbology & foods to heal, reflexology, acupressure and massage. Amy has shown heavy interest in eco living, eco homes, organic cotton, chlorine free water, salt water pools and the effects of organic eating and bio-dynamic farmed products on the skin and internal processes.
Amy enjoys Gardening, art, hiking, writing, travel, photography, philosophy, eco/green living, organic foods and the study of physics and biochemistry amongst many other interesting topics.
In her time...Amy has worked as a model, voice actor, photographer, dancer, performer, choreographer amongst many other passions she has embarked on for over 25 years. Amy Started modeling at the age of 13. AD then went onto beauty pageants. Aside from modeling and dance (ballet, street jazz and hip hop).
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