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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

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2018: Looking Back on the Year In Photographs

Jlynn Frazier

Iā€™m continuing the tradition I started a few years ago to share a personal collection of the people, places, and moments that were meaningful to me. Moments that keep me overflowing with a love for the journey I am on. Moments that feed my unwavering curiosity to experience and preserve our wild places.

This collection of photos are taken from across my travels here in Maine, with the exception of a day spent along the Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park.

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Viewpoints Along The Way

Jlynn Frazier

Climbing a mountain is all about reaching the summit... or is it? The view points along the way are moments to pause, look out at the world below, and know that even when you think you are not making any progress, you are. 

Sometimes I have quickly passed a moment like this thinking that I will stop on the way back to make a photograph. My thinking has changed. Why? Because the moment that made me stop is happening now and is worth pausing for. Also, so many times when I make it back to "the spot" I wanted to photograph the light has changed, it has been clouded, or it is just feels different than the way it had when I first looked out. 

Now, I make sure to stop and explore the present between the steps of progress. 

Capturing Family Moments

Jlynn Frazier

I remember the peacefulness of this moment at the farm. It was hot so we retreated to the shade to catch up. Tom and Jared on the picnic table and I found a grassy spot under the big apple tree. 

I love this photo of Jared with his dad. I like to give them space to shoot the breeze and catch up on all things cars, work, farm life, and the latest town updates. While they talked, I moved slowly wanting to capture such a beautiful day. I remember the peacefulness of this moment at the farm. It was hot so we retreated to the shade to catch up. Tom and Jared on the picnic table and I found a grassy spot under the big apple tree.

I was enamored, laying under the apple tree watching father and son chatting away. I started taking a few images from where I sat on the grass. Then I crept closer, but not too close. I found a new spot on the grass by a patch of lupines. This image was captured as I shot through the lupin focusing on Jared looking on at Tom for his words of wisdom wrapped up in stories of the "good old days."

The older I get the more I treasure moments like this with my parents. I also find so much joy in being able to capture moments like this for others. It's not posed or perfect. It's a living breathing moment. 

We all have moments like this with our family and friends. The beautiful everyday moments with the people we care about in our everyday places. Like our living rooms, backyards, and favorite local spots around town.

I often hear from friends and family that they want to take better photographs. It all comes down to moments that matter and then making images. Try this. Go outside and play! There is no better place than the great outdoors to make photographs. Bring your camera and try making images by being really present in the moment. Where are you, what does it feel like to be there, what are you doing and what are those around you doing? Then let everything unfold.

It sounds simple. It is and it's not. I know that for me I focus on creating images as the moment(s) are unfolding. I watch, feel, and create. Each click of the shutter is a moment standing still within the frame of a photograph.