Miriam Halliday - Biography
Born in the mid 90's, I lived my early childhood years on my family's organic small-hold in a little English Village with my family's beloved first Border Collie, Ross. I fondly remember playing in the wildflower meadow, the giant laurel tree, the orchard and rose arbour and the poly-tunnels, and discovering the mysteries of the secret path and mushroom fairy rings. My brothers and I helped care for our flock of chickens and learned how to grow, tend and harvest, preserve and save seeds from all sorts of vegetables, herbs and fruits. I loved picking and eating apples, pears and plums straight from the tree and herbs and vegetables fresh from the field or the poly-tunnels. Tesco was my favourite grocery and fashionable little girl's clothing store. Every summer, I went to the seaside carnivals, where I especially loved riding the donkeys on the beach.
Since my first riding lessons at an English Riding School, I love spending time with and riding horses. I miss traveling with my family through the UK and Europe to trade at various gaming conventions and historical events at Castles and Universities and to explore Southern and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Wall.
I have had a lifelong fascination with historical photographs and photography in general. Over the years, and cameras, starting with my mom's little one-of-a-kind Digital Olympus, I have developed and honed my photographic eye and style and love capturing and preserving memories through my photographs. My photographic training includes being mentored by two friends, one of whom is an accomplished portraiture and newborn photographer as well as several seasons of online training through the Turn It Up Conferences presented by the International Academy of Wedding Photographers and many online seminars by world renowned photographers of various disciplines, including Justin & Mary Marantz, Matt & Carissa Kennedy, Katelyn James, Hope Taylor, Montana Dennis, Amy & Jordan Demos..., and several seminars on editing and small businesses. I have entered several photo contests, including 2017, 2018 and 2019 International Shoot & Share Photo Contest where I have placed multiple photos in Top 10% and Top 20%. My photos have been displayed in the local Community Gallery twice. My latest photo project is Kaslo: Then & Now and has been on display at several locations in Kaslo.  
Often accompanied on my photographic expeditions by my family and our 4 Border Collies (Maggie, Pirate, Sabrina and Henry), I thrive exploring our beautiful region, camera in hand and watching the interactions in the natural world around me. In 2018 I was proud to have conquered (and photographed) Mt. Loki with two of our dogs, my brother and my friend. I love my family and pets, the great outdoors, horsemanship, history, research, writing, observing art, singing in our community choir, dancing, cooking, poetry, gardening, and volunteering with Search and Rescue and wherever I can make a difference. I am fascinated by studying old photographs and comparing them to the current day.
Alexandra Halliday - Biography
Although I am legally blind from birth, I have always been intensely fascinated with photography. I received my first Kodak film camera on my 12th birthday, and a couple of years later, for a short time, was drawn in by the Polaroid craze. From negatives to watching a white blank resolve itself into a Polaroid image fascinated me briefly. Growing up in the Austrian Alps, I was equally fascinated with our beautiful mountain vistas, Alpine lakes, creeks and vegetation, which resulted in me spending much time hiking with a friend and my little Kodak camera, always filled with a roll of film and a couple of extra rolls, in case I needed them.
For my many years of raising children, homeschooling and self-employment, unfortunately my passions, playing the piano, singing and photography took a backseat to the hectic pursuits of everyday life.
When, some years ago, my daughter, Miriam, discovered the art of photography, I supported her along the way in every way I could.
With the leaps and bounds of progress in digital technology, photography no longer resembled my early days with my little Kodak camera. Digital cameras of every calibre, with zoom lenses, and digital editing programmes opened up brand new vistas of artistic exploration, and, of course, moving from the view finder to digital display screens changed the world of photography for me, as a legally blind photographer, altogether.
My photographic training started in my childhood, but more recently includes, alongside my daughter, Miriam, several seasons of online training through the Turn It Up Conferences presented by the International Academy of Wedding Photographers and many online seminars by world renowned photographers of various disciplines, including Justin & Mary Marantz, Matt & Carissa Kennedy, Katelyn James, Hope Taylor, Montana Dennis, Amy & Jordan Demos and many more..., and several seminars on editing and small businesses. Taking these trainings together allowed us the advantage of comparing our books of notes, experiences and to practice together. I have entered several photo contests, including 2017, 2018 and 2019 International Shoot & Share Photo Contest where I have placed multiple photos in Top 20% and Top 30%. My photos have been displayed in the local Community Gallery twice. My latest photo project is Kaslo's Seasons Through My Eyes, an inspiring collection of seasonal landscape photographs from a legally blind photographer, and is on display May 26th, 2019. Miriam and I admire and find inspiration in the landscape and wildlife photography of some of our local photo artists such as Jim Lawrence, Mel Bryce, Robyn Skobalski...  
When I started taking my own digital images, I soon discovered, that I could produce quality work, both in my photography, as well as in digital editing.
I also discovered, that my eye sight afforded me some very unique visual perspectives, which might not be readily available to people with, what is considered to be, normal visual acuity.
As a legally blind photographer, I work more with textures, colours and light patterns, that present themselves to me, I concentrate on positioning and depth of my images without interference by smaller details, which, to my eyes, simply don’t exist. And I am generally happy with my results.
I've learned that I really enjoy photographing events and landscapes. I can find unique vantage points and angles and use my camera's amazing zoom to capture unique colour and textures patterns, action and excitement, which, with my bare eye, I cannot even see.
It is a funny fact, that many people with low vision are actually visual learners. I am one of them. Well, if we learn visually, we can also produce unique and often powerful visual art for everyone to enjoy. And what greater joy can any artist experience, than to share the joy they experience with their audience?
Miranda Halliday - Biography
I was born in Vancouver in the winter of 2006, in the middle of two massive snowstorms.
I have always loved photography, and sometimes would borrow one of my sister's cameras to take some pictures. Our yard had about six large rhododendron bushes, purple, red, and pink, so I would take lots of pictures of them. We also had an ornamental cherry tree. It was very big, so it would have hundreds of pink blossoms everywhere, which would make for beautiful shots. Sometimes I would do Barbie photo shoots by the rhodos and the cherry tree and around the house.
Then, when I was 10, my sister got another camera, and I bought her old one. A black Nikon COOLPIX P90. Since it was summer, I took a lot of pictures of the flowers in our garden, mainly the calendula and rose mallow. I also would take pictures of the chickens in the chicken coop, which the rooster didn't always appreciate. After a while it was winter, and so I switched to taking pictures of our 4 dogs and our cute cats. Percy, a tabby, and Jake, a black and white tuxedo cat.
I have been taking pictures with my camera, and have also done videography for a friend of mine with a proper video camera. I videoed the school play, and a municipal All Candidates Forum in the village, where I live.
I love being able to capture special moments and beautiful things, that you will never see again, with my camera. Having the power to capture shots that are irreplaceable is amazing. I always edit my own pictures, and sometimes Photoshop them, to make them look more interesting.
Local accomplished wildlife and landscape photographer, Jim Lawrence, has been very supportive of my passion for photography and even gifted me a beautiful enlarged print of one of my photographs, my famous calendula.
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