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Jodi_Collins_photographer_oregon_portlandhi there, my name is jodi collins. i am a photographer located in portland oregon.

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creative slump

Day 10 has brought on a creative slump. I can’t stand it here. This is usually where I take a long break. However, I am forcing myself to push through and continue to create everyday this month. So much easier said than...

making time to create without fear

spend a little time in your creative space everyday in february. Often we place so much pressure on ourselves to create something great that we fail to even try. We tie our own hands behind our backs. The trick is to create something everyday or spend time in your creative process everyday. I am totally guilty of doing this. Letting daily life get in the way and not carving out time to spend in my own creativity. Then my life and my art becomes stale and stagnant. This month I am going to spend anywhere from 10min-one hour in my creative space and create something each day in February. Some will be great. Some will be horrible. Some will be light and pretty. Some dark and disturbing. I will learn and grow from it all. I invite you to join me. Make the commitment to yourself. Take the challenge!...

romanticizing the past

We are all guilty of it, romanticizing our past. We forget the bad….. hard struggle and only remember the good. We simplify the past and tell ourselves a story that is only a portion of reality. To make matters worse we spit these romanticized partial truths out to other people as advice. For example when someone who has older or grown kids tells you what they did with their own kids and how easy it was. All that does is make the person with the small children feel badly and like they must be doing something wrong because their own reality in the present moment is so much more difficult than the other persons distorted rendition of the truth. I did it to myself the other day. I saw a woman at Costco loading her toddler twins and groceries into her car. I literally thought for a few moments that she was lucky! I thought “oh that was such a wonderful time in my life. I miss the kids being little like that.” WTF! I stopped myself! Had I gone completely insane? That was a wonderful time however it was also the most difficult time in my life. The memory that was playing in my head was leaving out the memory that when I was at Costco with my twins I smelled like spit up, I probably had not showered in 3 days, I had only slept for 2 maybe 3 hours straight, I only had a window of 45 min before I had to get back home feed two babies, change their diapers, put them down for a...

goodbye towne!

In August of 2003 I moved into the Towne bldg. I was young, I was naive and boy was I BRAVE! It has been, well all I can say is that is has been an “experience” here………..but it is OVER. The bldg has sold and will be turned in to condos.   So it begins this new chapter of my studio life. Looking forward to a new space (where ever that may be) and new experiences. I have at least a couple months until I have to move (I hope). So if you want your photos taken in this old amazing space do it now before it’s over. Thank you to every one of my clients, friends & family who helped me create this...

“10% happier”

Many of you have sent me wonderful private messages full of love and acceptance. Thank you. Included in some of those messages are questions about how I am finding my way out. The answer to that question is loaded and very complicated. So, I have decided to share a little here and there in the hope that it will help and answer some of those questions. One of those questions is what does all of this have to do with my art, my photography and my business….etc. My mental health or lack there of has everything to do with my ability to create and what I end up creating. In my search to cure my panic and trauma on my own without medication I began to meditate. In my search I found the book “10% Happier” and Dan Harris’ experience that was different than mine yet very much the same. His book and experience was a great awakening for me. Check it out!       Click here to watch Dan’s talk at Google and his Panic attack on national television....

drowning in trauma

Two years ago this week I was the victim of a horrific crime. A crime so horrific that I can not even share the details of it with the world. Please respect me and do not go to my family and friends and ask them for details that they may or may not have. In the first weeks, months and year that past right after the crime we were drug through the ringer of the court system and shown that there is no justice even when it is a measure 11 crime. We pushed the court to convict and accept nothing but the maximum sentence. Finally we “won” and got a full confession and conviction. However because the perpetrator is a minor he never saw the inside of a jail cell. This week however I caught him violating his terms of release and probation and I am hopeful we will go back in front of a judge and she will give him some time in jail. I spent these past two years trying to drown my trauma & panic with many things…… most of them very unhealthy and very unsafe. Drinking too much to ease the massive panic that I was now living with seemed to be where I always landed. I found myself in a horrible dark place that was immensely frightening to enter into and then somehow that very dark place became a dark blanket that I would wrap myself up in and hide from the world. At first I would just play, let go and pretend in there. I would crawl into my dark hole and...

Long days of summer

I often wonder what they will remember from these long days spent together during the summer. Chances are that they will not remember me sitting on the couch reading to them, laying in there beds at night listening to what feels like an endless stream of chatter and ideas, chasing them around and cleaning up like crazy or all the soft tender moments spent together with what feels like all the time in the world to spare. Most likely they will remember me yelling at them to go outside until lunch, nagging them to clean up & saying if you don’t stop fighting I am going to EXPLODE among many other very proud parenting moments that all of us parents partake in from time to time.   Being a mother is the hardest job I have ever taken on. The ups and downs are extreme. However, all it takes is one tiny “mommy I love you” and payment is made in full....

these two are getting married this weekend!

my brother justin and soon to be sister in-law alysha are getting married this weekend! Lots of excitement is in the air as family begins to come into town today. This photo is from one of our annual family beach trips (2010). Justin and Alysha are perfect for each other. The perfect mix of love, fun, sarcasm, humor and so much more. When they are together you can just see it when they look at each other that they are at times saying things without using words. They are loving and affectionate with one another and also have a fun humor banter back and forth that everyone enjoys being around. I am so excited for them to begin this new beautiful chapter of their lives. We can’t wait for...

Personal work: by Jodi Collins Photographer located in Portland Oregon

Personal work serves many purposes for artists. It is art that we make only for ourselves with no one else’s agenda in mind, it is our vision, our dreams, our terror & fears etc pored out into a piece of art. For me it is an outlet. A means to an end. A form of healing and expressing what lays deep within my soul.   I am looking for models for my personal work for the coming year. If you are interested or know someone who is send me an email or TXT. I am looking for all age groups and people from all walks of life. Forward this link to anyone you think may be a good candidate or just simply share it. Thanks!  ~Jodi   Jodiabcollins@gmail.com 503-293-4186 call or...

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