It is hard to believe that I started my blog two years ago. I’ve experienced so much in two years, yet the time has flashed before my eyes. In just two years I have taken over 75 flights to 22 different countries, yet I’m still going strong. I’ve now been to 32 countries and I can’t wait to see more! In celebration of my two year blogging anniversary, I felt it was time to update my blog profile pictures and about page images. As much as I love the original images that were shot in a beautiful field in sunny Sacramento, California, it would be most fitting to have my pictures shot at the one place I love the most–the beach. Not just any beach, but an eastern Canadian beach.
Being from Atlantic Canada, I have a special place in my heart for the east coast. If you’ve been following my blog then you know the beach is my go to place–my safe haven. If you’ve been reading since the beginning then you have seen pictures of me at some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and read how I’ve left pieces of heart scattered on the shorelines around the world. I feel most at home (and myself) when I’m at the beach, as if I was meant to be a sea creature. Since Turquoise Compass celebrates any and all things turquoise (especially amazing coastlines), I thought it would be perfect if my updated photographs captured ‘on camera’ my joy and love for life when at the beach. Turquoise Compass is about living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, and traveling to new places. Being by, on, or in the water helps me do all of those things. To the beach I go!
I had the great pleasure of working with the talented photographer Philip Boudreau, who blew my expectations out of the salty waves and amazingly enough, captured photos with my heart and soul revealed. How a photographer was able to snap pictures of me with my heart on my sleeve and soul exposed I will never know. It’s as if Philip truly understands the connection I feel when I am by the sea. Philip was able to illuminate on camera my love for being by the ocean and how being at that place brings me peace. He truly has mastered the art of photography as he was able to not only make me look beautiful in the image, but to also give people a sense of my inner beauty too. That’s what I really want to show–which is nearly impossible to do in a picture, yet Philip was able to show to the world who I am on the inside. Philip captured in photographs exactly who I am and in an attempt to reveal more of myself, I’m confident these updated pictures show the world exactly who I am. Real, passionate, down to earth, and ME!
Philip was extremely easy to work with. He gave me cues, while giving me the freedom to express myself in any way I felt appropriate. Like any good photographer, he wanted my personality and unique flair to show through the images. He guided me through the process, while suggesting opportunities to shine. Since I talked to Philip ahead of time prior to the shoot he seemed to know what I wanted to capture better than I think I knew myself. His kind and easy going personality made being in the “spot light” easy and care free. He was quick to make me laugh, relax, and open up. Although I’m a blogger and I share things about myself all the time, it’s not always easy opening myself up and being the centre of attention. I want everything I share to be authentic, real, transparent, and honest. I wanted the same with my updated profile images, especially if I am publicly sharing them with the world. The pictures came out better than I could have ever expected. Philip captured ME on camera, just Jess.
The photos totally encompass who I am and everything I am about. I hope that you can see it too. Without a doubt, Philip Boudreau’s incredible images represent what Turquoise Compass is all about and who I am. I couldn’t be happier with the end result. I’m forever grateful for his hard work and generosity. Although I have a lot to say, the pictures really speak for themselves.
Check out Philip’s Facebook page here to see more of his spectacular work.
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