Carole J Pence Photography LLC: Blog https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Carole J Pence Photography LLC (Carole J Pence Photography LLC) Sat, 04 Nov 2023 11:33:00 GMT Sat, 04 Nov 2023 11:33:00 GMT https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u412396842-o954135085-50.jpg Carole J Pence Photography LLC: Blog https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog 80 120 The 2023 Theme: UNITE. FOR DISRUPTION. FOR CHANGE. FOR IMPACT. https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/11/the-2023-theme-unite-for-disruption-for-change-for-impact IMG_1022IMG_1022 International Fundraising Congress in Noordwijkerhout - 800 people, 250 countries, a transformative journey of change

My first two days were spent touring Amsterdam, the city, the museums, and touring the city on the water. This picture is from my canal tour. A few thoughts on Amsterdam: a cashless society for the most part, you tap to get on a tram, train, or bus and tap to get off, no tickets; walkable city; I felt safe but am a careful traveler; museums and galleries were lovely; the people were friendly and helpful. I journeyed by train back to the airport to catch the bus to Noardwijderhout and attended IFC for four great days. On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning I attended a Master Class focused on leadership and organizational change. Then the rest of the week was filled with learning, fun, and new and old friends. I met a student, Ehab, from Jordan, who took a class at the Fundraising School in 2008. The rest of the week was packed with speakers sharing their strategies that added new methods and approaches, emphasizing adaptability and resilience as critical drivers of success. The consensus emerged—change is not a challenge to be faced but an opportunity to be seized.

AI Fundamentals:

In the age of artificial intelligence, fundraisers discovered the transformative power of AI Fundamentals. From predictive analytics to personalized donor engagement, the discussions illuminated the potential of AI in optimizing fundraising strategies. Attendees left with a newfound appreciation for the symbiotic relationship between human ingenuity and machine intelligence.

Storytelling:

A timeless art, storytelling continues to be a way of connecting with donors on a profound level. Workshops and sessions unfolded the magic behind compelling narratives, urging fundraisers to craft stories that not only tug at heartstrings but also inspire action and ignite the spirit of giving.

Digital Fundraising:

Fundraisers eagerly embraced the possibilities shared on digital fundraising, from harnessing the potential of social media to implementing effective email campaigns. The message was clear. Digital is not just a channel; it's a gateway to a global community of supporters.

Gaming and Innovation:

In an unexpected yet delightful twist, the fusion of Gaming and Innovation emerged as a frontier for fundraising possibilities. The power of gamification to engage and motivate donors was unveiled, showcasing a new fundraising method for me. It became evident that thinking outside the traditional fundraising box can yield remarkable results. Gaming and Innovation surprised me because I loved it. I know very little about it, but I want to learn more.

Seizing the opportunity to change requires changing how you do things in your life and work. Readying yourself for change requires new opportunities to learn. I have every intention of going back in 2024 and contiuning to build on the relationships I made and the new experiences I had. This time I will spend a couple days in Rotterdam and explore the new modern city of the Netherlands.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) IFC Netherlands https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/11/the-2023-theme-unite-for-disruption-for-change-for-impact Sat, 04 Nov 2023 11:32:42 GMT
What Happens When We Die https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/7/what-happens-when-we-die
 

The topic of what happens after death has been discussed for centuries, and it's still a mystery. All religions have their views, but the truth remains elusive. Personally, my beliefs on death were shaped by my childhood experiences of growing up in a small town, raised by a single mom, after my father passed away when I was three years old. Death was a part of life, and it was expected. I don't remember it being terrible; it was just something that happened to everyone.

As I grew older and found my faith, I began to wrestle with the idea of what happens after death. Although I've had many thoughts and theories, I believe that the soul dies with the person, and their human life is over. However, I also believe that the spirit lives on, and there's something beyond our physical existence.

During Covid, while taking photographs, I felt a connection to the Universe and our natural surroundings. At dawn and sunrise, I felt closest to the celestial bodies or the spiritual, invisible heaven, which provided me with heavenly, divine, spiritual peace. The beauty of the Universe and the lake seemed to conjure up those we think about and pray for, and sometimes, you can feel the spirits surrounding you with celestial peace and love.

The Universe provides an opportunity to seek solitude and peace. When someone close to you dies or has died, and you miss them terribly, it's a place you can go to and sit in the spiritual, invisible heaven and be with their spirit. Although they are beyond your grasp, you can walk and talk together and find peace.

In conclusion, the topic of what happens after death remains a mystery. Despite the many theories and beliefs, we can find solace in the beauty of the Universe and the spiritual, invisible heaven, where we can connect with the spirits of those we have lost and find peace.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/7/what-happens-when-we-die Sat, 22 Jul 2023 13:54:40 GMT
"Tween-Time" https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/6/-tween-time IMG_1480IMG_1480      There is that time of day that I call the "tween-time," the minutes when darkness starts to fade, and light is just beginning to appear. When looking out the window, you see patterns that can look like between night and day when you know that anything is possible, and you look forward to the surprise of what the new dawn will bring. You peek out the kitchen window to catch a glimpse of the sky. Is there color? Is there a cloud cover? What time or moment do you need to leave? The next step is to step outside, feel the air, decide how to dress so you are warm enough but not too warm, and calculate how much time you have to get down to the beach. And one must remember to dress Shadow according to the elements. That's our morning and has been since March 18, 2020, when Covid kept us quarantined for months, and I decided to start my Gratitude Project and share it on social media.
     There is no way you won't change if you are grateful and pray every day for over three years; you create little miracles in your life. At the moment I am writing this, it is that "tween-time," and I'm sitting at my computer typing my thoughts, looking out my office window at the neighborhood's outlines, shapes, shadows, and silhouettes. It's exciting for me to watch out that window as the dawn appears in the sky, and I can predict what the color will be and which mornings might see some brilliant displays.
     Over the past three years, my sense of sight became so tuned in on the beauty around me, not only in the sky but in the trees, rocks, waves, and the air. The wind blows so intensely at times that you feel it penetrating your body, whereas other times, you often don't notice it, but it touches your face. I handle everything outside, the rocks, the trees, the flowers, the sand, the water. Every day I touch the outdoors. I hear the birds in the spring as they sing the most in the early morning and feel like they wake up joyful, greeting each other with their songs. The beautiful sight and smell of Marquette lilacs'. Their beauty graces and surrounds the City and the lake. During Lilac season, you breathe in the lilac's scent for its short lifespan and even enjoy it as you see it slowly wither away. A sense of spirit often is felt around the lighthouse and lake as if those souls that passed enter spirit life and, if there is a wrinkle in time for a moment, pass through to say hello.  
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/6/-tween-time Tue, 13 Jun 2023 09:51:43 GMT
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Carole J Pence Photography, LLC is a business that came to life during the 2020 pandemic. I began using social media to share some of the beauty and peace I experienced at twilight, dawn, and sunrise of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. My mindset evolved from merely taking photographs to creating art.

Every day I get up with anticipation that the universe will provide me with some greater sense of meaning and insight into what is more significant than our lives and current existence. I ask God to show me that perfect picture so that I know everything is alright here on Earth and with the souls, I sense on the shores of Lake Superior. I capture the beauty in my images that touch people in ways that make them comment: breathtaking, majestic, beautiful; you nailed it, and please keep posting!

I woke up today filled with gratitude, hope, and love for all of you who have helped me be motivated to keep doing what I do. People are blessed knowing that despite a pandemic, we found new ways to cope and be healthy. I am grateful that my photographs touched so many lives these past three years. Thank you.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/4/carole-j-pence-photography-llc Sun, 02 Apr 2023 08:57:55 GMT
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/3/hallelujah---leonard-cohen 1CA6294D-6DFD-4A24-AAFF-63808BBCFC671CA6294D-6DFD-4A24-AAFF-63808BBCFC67

Hallelujah

“Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord

That David played, and it pleased the Lord

But you don’t really care for music, do you?

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth

The minor falls, the major lifts

The baffled king composing Hallelujah—Leonard Cohen

 

We live in an odd Religious time. People are struggling with people of different faiths as much as they are within the world of Christianity. There is a division between denominations, accepting people's choices, their beliefs, and the church they choose or choose not to attend. Everyone is in disagreement about what Jesus would do. In reality, Jesus would go to the mountain and pray, seek guidance from God, and then follow that path to the cross—his ultimate sacrifice.

 

I've read and studied the bible, and Jesus didn’t preach in churches, synagogues, or temples like we preach in today. In Jesus' time, women weren't even allowed to worship in them with men. Jesus' circle included these women who could not worship and allowed them to work alongside him and minister to the people. The women knew and loved him and stayed by his cross as he died. So it's only fitting that the first person who saw him when he rose on Easter was Mary, a woman.

 

We grew up with teachings from our religion, depending on where we were born. These teachings are filtered through hashed-out agreements on what was not only truth but divine truth determined to be confirmed by a scholar or teacher having profound insight into faith.

 

Since Jesus didn't start the church, nor did he write the bible, we must recognize that our beliefs often come from an emotional reaction to what we like or do not like about the pastor, priest, and church elders.

 

Baptized as an infant and blessed with the gift of Grace. Faith was just part of the fabric of who I became. The community I was brought up in was Finnish Lutheran. I remember the Lutheran Church as very serious, with long boring sermons, fire, and damnation. I remember thinking if I "sinned," I'd go to hell, or it was because I sinned when something wrong happened. Today I know I don't have that much power to affect the things that happen in my life.

 

For the Christian Church, the Easter Season is a time of reflection, reaffirmation, and recommitment to what we believe as Christians—the word Hallelujah has brought people of all faiths together. Made famous by the Jewish writer Leonard Cohen and sung by artists worldwide, it took him seven years to compose, and then Hallelujah took on a life of its own. It's a word I often use as I walk in the morning at sunrise. I breathe in and out, and the word that comes to me is Hallelujah. Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/3/hallelujah---leonard-cohen Mon, 13 Mar 2023 15:39:15 GMT
Happiness https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/3/happiness D246F806-05B0-4D84-BACC-F49632349E8AD246F806-05B0-4D84-BACC-F49632349E8A

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in Harmony" Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is defined in the dictionary as “the quality or state of being happy. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.” I do not find that most people talk about happiness; they are either happy or not. Some moments in life can be described as peaceful, content, and happy. But the moments of the dictionary’s description happen for me not when I am in my car running around the lake snapping a picture but when I am out of my car, walking in the cold, the snow, by the shores of Lake Superior capturing, seeing the universe unfold and living the experience, the picture.

Over the past three years, I’ve encountered people like me who are bundled up in the winter, walking the roads, the beaches, and the rocks day after day. They often share the heaviness in their heart and the pain in their soul. We stand there in the great outdoors, looking at the sky and its light unfolding, and seek the solace and peace that can only come from embracing a few moments early in the morning as dawn fades and the sun slowly rises to greet the day. Those moments, those few precious minutes as darkness fades and daylight awakes, you can feel the presence, the peace, and happiness.

When a person does this every day, it changes her. Three years of morning dawn and sunrise have profoundly changed me, my life, and my worldview. My dog and I walk daily no matter the weather: rain, sleet, snow, wind, storms, and warm days. Sometimes I hear the universe saying, breathe and wait for perfection.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) #downtownmarquette #lakesuperiorphotography #lakesuperios #puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2023/3/happiness Sat, 11 Mar 2023 14:41:03 GMT
Merry Christmas https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/12/god-wink-moments McCarty Cove LighthouseMcCarty Cove Lighthouse God-Wink Moments coincides with silence, appreciation of nature, and beautiful color presented by the universe. Capturing the beauty is breath-taking. My best photographs are captured a half hour to forty- five minutes before the sunrise when it all just comes together.

As I write this blog its almost Christmas. A time to celebrate those people we call family. To exchange cards, bakery, gifts and love with one another. The Season brings people together to celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus in different ways.

Christmas is difficult for those who have recently lost a loved one, been put into a nursing facility, faced health or serious life decisions or are alone. It is one of those days that evoke so much emotion in us as we travel through this season. New Year's Eve, on the other hand, is a time for parties, celebrations and having joyful optimism for the upcoming new year.

As I am writing this blog I am with my family, sitting downstate looking at the snow that has started to accumulate here on the ground and know without leaving the house its windy and cold. In a few days, I head home, back to Lake Superior, Shadow and my opportunity to catch a few more God-Wink moments. I am one of the lucky ones that has a home to go to where I feel grateful for all that I have and have an opportunity to share my sunrise photography with you. Peace and Blessings Carole

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) #downtownmarquette #lakesuperiorphotography #lakesuperios #puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/12/god-wink-moments Fri, 23 Dec 2022 16:18:12 GMT
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This fall photo has been an all-time best seller on cards, framed prints, and various-sized canvases. A picture, one of the dozens that day. You go home and look back on and realize, wow, that is so cool. It is one of those mystical, magical prints that makes one wonder. How do these mysterious and magical sunrise pictures appear?

Over the last two and a half years, I have seen all the colors and four seasons. I have been there every morning in my various attire. I have to visit earth, wind, and fire. There are days and moments when the sky is on fire with vibrant colors, and it is simply breathtaking. The stillness and serenity bring you back to the universe and creation reminders of bible verses, hymns, quotes from books, and my thoughts and ideas coming from my mind. Then there is the desert period, where you see but wonder what you believe. 

What came to me as I was writing this was Lyrics from Joni Mitchell, "I've looked at life from both sides now, From up and down and still somehow, It's life's illusion I recall, I really don't no life at all."
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/10/lifes-illusions Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:59:36 GMT
Art Prize Entry - Lake Superior Sunrise https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/10/art-prize-entry---lake-superior-sunrise E983BADD-F40B-4EB2-925A-2965D327C91CE983BADD-F40B-4EB2-925A-2965D327C91C

I will admit that I have had a rough three months. Recovering from a triple bypass heart surgery took everything out of me. About seven days ago, my mind was clear, and I felt like I had recovered. Just like that the surgery and recovery were behind me. I exercise through the hospital's Cardiac Rehab Program and can continue for 18 weeks to build back my strength and muscles. My immune system is compromised, and I will take precautions not to get sick. 

My venue for ArtPrize 2022, Harmony Hall, was willing to hang my canvas, Lake Superior Sunrise, so even though I didn't go there, I could participate online through the artist group on Facebook. Lots of pros and cons to people's experiences, venues, and overall feelings about participating. I am just happy that I could showcase my picture. 

Social media has given me support, encouragement, and strength. I am grateful that the Covid project, which started March 18, 2020, as a way to find beauty and share with my social media partners the beauty of Lake Superior, my access to the world during the pandemic. This gratitude, endeavor, giving hope through Covid to many people through my photographs, has been more successful than I could have imagined. Throughout my recovery I was able to focus on my goal of getting back to the lake in the moring to be inspired by fall and winter. 
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/10/art-prize-entry---lake-superior-sunrise Fri, 07 Oct 2022 11:37:14 GMT
"Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light" Madeleine L'Engle https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/3/now-what-do-we-do-with-our-life 6295E336-5616-4CC1-A527-772343C5717E6295E336-5616-4CC1-A527-772343C5717E

March 13, 2020, was the date I had to acknowledge my age and accept that I was one of those people labeled vulnerable in a pandemic. It was shocking as age had never been a factor in my consulting work; if anything, it had fine-tuned my knowledge and skills!

I had already been taking pictures at dawn and sunrise, so it was a natural progression to commit to sharing something visually positive as lives drastically changed. I am sure most people were like me this would be for a few weeks or months, but now we are still learning how to deal with this new health threat two years later.

I have always sought spiritual connections. I loved talking about the world's possibilities beyond the world, and I went to daily Mass. Because of my strong faith, I could transition to doing my daily prayer and meditations at Lake Superior and gain the same sense of peace and serenity at sunrise. Sunrises are miraculous experiences, and not only have I learned to fine-tune my photography but also managed to gain insight into the power of the universe, my connection to the earth, my faith. The beauty, if only momentarily, means something more to me than just a beautiful picture. I often feel a soul or spiritual connection to the universe. In those few minutes in the morning, when I see some very stunning scenes, I connect with God through the silence, the waves, the wind, and the storms.   

Today, I have experienced eight seasons—found peace and solitude at the Lake called Superior and a way to share those moments with others through social media.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette Lake Superior Puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2022/3/now-what-do-we-do-with-our-life Thu, 24 Mar 2022 22:23:54 GMT
Lake Superior Beauty https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/12/lake-superior-beauty 263E8E03-1EE4-4B7A-8AB5-2E83080A4564263E8E03-1EE4-4B7A-8AB5-2E83080A4564 During the pandemic, my goal has been to share some of the universe's solitary beauty and let others get a glimpse of something unique throughout this challenging time. Lake Superior is extraordinary in that it has a rugged feeling that allows a person to experience calm and serene water that reflects beauty and light and the next day wild waves that crash on its shore. Both experiences are exhilarating. Its horizon can be cloudy for days in the winter, and then one morning bursts into color and beauty that only lasts for minutes and, on occasion, an hour. It changes as the sun begins to rise, and it's exciting to be able to experience and share these experiences on social media.

A lot happens over the year, and sometimes our different seasons seem to last a lot longer than others. The most extended season appears to be a winter-type experience for those living in Michigan. Winter, this year, seems to come and go, and cold wintery weather has not been our usual experience. It has been wonderful to have clear roads and no snow in many parts of our State for people traveling. The Upper Peninsula, where I live, has not had the usual amount of snow and snow-covered roads that we come to expect at this time of year.

As we close out 2021 I am fortunate to go back through my year of pictures and see the beauty created by the universe and reflected in my photographs. Photography allows me to capture and share the beauty of Lake Superior with people around the world.
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette Lake Superior Puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/12/lake-superior-beauty Tue, 28 Dec 2021 12:27:37 GMT
gichi-gami, the great sea https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/12/gichi-gami-the-great-sea A812DE6A-A94A-4185-B79F-90964E6B703AA812DE6A-A94A-4185-B79F-90964E6B703A Winter has a way of either slowly showing up or hitting us with a massive storm where we are stuck in our houses, unable to go anywhere. This year is a plodding towards winter. Snow seems to fall upon us at night and then either melt away or stay for a few days on the ground. The ice on Lake Superior is slowly freezing and looking like glass. Will we see skaters on the bay before long? I have already seen two ice fishers actually on the ice.

The one thing about taking photographs in the morning is that the universe never lets one down. Every morning there are people, like me, who gather together on the shores of Lake Superior and gaze at the sky, anticipating when that first ray of light will appear. Whether it does or not doesn't matter. What matters is that we are there, excited at any glow of color in the sky or seeing the first sliver of the sun. Everyone smiles and greets each other. Shadow runs around chasing sticks and small dogs. Mostly he looks for his human friends who acknowledge him the same way every morning. Everyone feels happy at that moment. It's winter, cold, snow covers the ground, but there is still a patch of sand on the shore where we gather to let the universe capture each of our imaginations. Sometimes we talk about what we see; other times, we stand in awe of the beauty. The Ojibwe name for Lake Superior, gichi-gami, the "great sea," is the best description. However, Gitche Gumee, from the poem Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is what is most are familiar with. For me, the dawn of every new day captures that moment in time on the big sea.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette Lake Superior Puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/12/gichi-gami-the-great-sea Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:01:54 GMT
Life Continues Differently https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/11/life-continues-differently 05B3967F-62C0-4F3B-BF06-8711AFC668D805B3967F-62C0-4F3B-BF06-8711AFC668D8 In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, summer is a little bit of heaven on earth. For a few weeks, we have had glorious weather. Tourists flock to our small towns from all over the country to experience a dip in Lake Superior, jumping off Black Rocks for a thrill of a lifetime and very accessible walks up mountains and our many beaches. Our past community leaders have preserved the shoreline for public use. Many of our nonprofits have worked with landowners to donate, purchase or commit to public access miles of wilderness areas for biking and hiking. It truly is a beautiful experience for people to come here and have a sense of peace and solitude.

For photography, not the brilliant colors we had last year. Many sunrises were more subtle, with many red suns showing up amidst the haze of morning. Still beautiful, inspirational, and peaceful, just different. I always explored the morning with Bella, my Maltese, who crossed over the rainbow in July. I felt the loss, an emptiness as I walked the beach alone. She was part of my photography business and so enjoyed her morning walks until she died. Her ashes are in the lake we call Superior. 

A quote by Professor Ichak Adizes: "our life after our physical death is one of feeling, not thinking, not one of physical existence but of consciousness, after our physical demise, we continue to be alive through those whom we loved or hated or through those who loved or hated us. We are what we do to others and how they feel about it. And that is what is left alive after we physically depart. Life continues differently." 
The four seasons teach us that life continues; the beauty and colors of fall, as phenomenal as they are in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, can quickly turn white and beautiful as the snow covers the land. For me, life continues differently but somewhat the same. After being lonely for three weeks, I reached out to my Maltese lover's network and found a male Maltese puppy, that in August, I acquired and named him Shadow. He has taken time to learn his job but has adapted well to his new role.  

Photography, Lake Superior mornings, and all I have experienced in over two years of going to the lake have been rewarding. People tell me they look forward to my pictures in the morning. It's a little more than taking pictures for me. C. Austin Mills, In the Garden, speaks for me and how I feel. "And he walks with me, and he talks with me, And he tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there none has ever known." 
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette IIchak Adizes Lake Superior Puremichigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/11/life-continues-differently Sun, 14 Nov 2021 12:17:17 GMT
Saved By Grace https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/6/saved-by-grace E24CC379-34C7-4D30-B981-2DDEC14095B7E24CC379-34C7-4D30-B981-2DDEC14095B7

Every morning, I walk on the beach at dawn, prayerfully. I start with a prayer in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. As I gaze out at the Universe, I see beautiful skies. Walking the beach prayerfully is a unique and beautiful experience. It's an opportunity to sense the presence of God.

Recently, I listened to two audiobooks by Eric Metaxas. The first one is titled "Martin Luther" and the other "Bonhoeffer." Both main characters were coming into their religious fervor through prayer and devotion by reading and meditating on the Bible. It's a reminder that we can't just walk the walk. We must walk it prayerfully. And we can't just read the Bible. We must do it prayerfully, believing that God speaks to us through his Word. Eric Metaxas is an excellent researcher, writer, and storyteller. I highly recommend his books.

Summer in Upper Michigan is a tease, with a few warm days in April, lots of cold and freezing temperatures in May. But when June comes, summer stays for a while. It's nice to see more people walking the trails, riding their bikes, visiting with friends in outside cafes, and braving the freezing waters of Lake Superior. The most profound pictures are taken at dawn. It's during this time of solitude where you experience a sense of awe and wonder as the morning is quiet with only the waves gently lapping at the shore, and the choir of birds joyfully singing. At these moments, I feel blessed to have found what it means to be saved by grace.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette lake superior photography pure michigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/6/saved-by-grace Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:22:35 GMT
Imagination, Creativity and Photography https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/4/imagination-creativity-and-photography 06421C92-8972-40C1-9B99-16036C2CD02F06421C92-8972-40C1-9B99-16036C2CD02F I was happy in January when I was able to get my first vaccine and three weeks later to be fully vaccinated. Has it changed my life? Yes, it has; it gave me peace of mind that has allowed me to see my family for a weekend, have a few vaccinated friends over, and be comfortable living in a community that wears masks and follows the protocols. Learning how to use technology and work virtually has allowed me to still work with clients, and it can be as effective as face-to-face meetings. 

I love to learn. I take classes on various online platforms, and my current go-to is masterclass.com. I learned another way of thinking about creativity, memories, and creating fiction with author Amy Tan. Her virtual modules and unique training style resonated with me. She gave me a new perspective on how writing and reality coincide with memories triggered by our thoughts and actions. One can use this knowledge and learning to write stories and books.

Currently, I am taking Science Fiction writer M.K. Jemisin class which has introduced me to very different concepts called world-building. Science fiction creates another world that can have an infrastructure, a physical world, and inhabitants.

Where does photography fit into our creativity and imagination? The result is a photograph that the photographer believes captures the perfect picture of a setting, time, and place. What the picture doesn't show is the process that taps into the photographer's mind. How do I see the clouds, the rays seeping through those clouds, the sun rising, the colors and changes that change by the minute? What does my mind see that the photograph can't express? I like the concept of world-building because it is what I have been doing. I take a picture that I believe is a perfect moment.  I cannot show in that photograph my mind and imagination of what I am seeing that gives me a sense of peace and joy. The natural gift of photography has allowed me to learn to be creative and imagine life in a way that my world never experienced before.

 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2021/4/imagination-creativity-and-photography Tue, 20 Apr 2021 22:48:31 GMT
Winter Solstice https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice  

30A80929-71ED-451B-83E2-01BBE48E847A30A80929-71ED-451B-83E2-01BBE48E847A  On Tuesday we experienced the Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year and the arrival of winter. My ancestors are from Finland and my recent DNA test confirmed that 90% of my genetics come from Finland. I grew up in a small town in Upper Michigan, a Finnish community where people often spoke Finnish. While I don't speak Finnish, I enjoyed listening to my mother and her friends revert to speaking Finnish when they didn't want me to know what they were talking about. My grandmother Mary never learned English and my mother, Vienna learned English when she went to school. When I was young, I asked my mother why she didn't teach me Finnish and she said I was an American.

In ancient times, Finland celebrated the Winter Solstice with countless different tribes across the northern hemisphere. People's lives were connected to the land and the change of seasons. Winter Solstice was an important event as it's when the sun is as far from the earth as possible and thus, this day meant that each day forward the fun would get closer to the planet. The Finns celebrate Winter Solstice with festivals, family feasting, singing and dancing around the fire. When I visited Finland a few years ago, I felt very much at home listening to the language, drinking strong coffee, and every house having a sauna. Growing up, my family heated the sauna every Wednesday and Saturday. A tradition that the Finns brought to the Upper Peninsula.

As we move toward Christmas, I wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You for your support of my business and I wish you and your family a healthy Christmas and New Year.

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice Tue, 22 Dec 2020 18:13:33 GMT
Forsbergs...A New Leaf https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/12/forsbergs-a-new-leaf Last minute Christmas gifts can be picked up at Forsberg...A New Leaf located in Marquette MI at 201 Front Street on the corner of Front and Main. Forsberg...A New Leaf is an established floral design store which creates beautiful designs for all occasions and now showcases my art in various mediums. I am fortunate to have my work prominently displayed in their store thus providing a physical location for people who want to see what my photography looks like in different mediums and purchase a last minute gift.

Carole J. Pence Photography is pleased with this new partnership and I am always happy to received your thoughts and suggestions. You can still contact me directly at 906-228-2972 to discuss what you are looking for now or in the future. May the blessings of the season be with you through this 2020 Holiday Season.

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) lake superior photography pure michigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/12/forsbergs-a-new-leaf Sat, 12 Dec 2020 14:46:57 GMT
Shop Today for Christmas https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/11/shop-today-for-christmas The holiday season is upon us and finding the perfect gift is on everyone's mind. The U.S. Postal Service is anticipating record high shipping this season so do not delay! If you are considering a special and unique gift from Carole J Pence Photography, lets talk. I have been working the phone with many customers interested in finding the perfect picture. My website showcases just some of the many photographs I have taken. Customers often contact me looking for a specific image and when I review my photographs, I can find what they have in mind. Browse through my numbered photographs and if you have questions, write down the number of the photograph and contract me via email at [email protected] or call me at 906-228-2972. The numbers on the print show up when you scroll with your cursor or click on the print on your phone. While my website lists specific sizes, I can customize any size you need and give you a price on print, canvas or metal or for a one time fee you can purchase an electronic image. Don't forget to stop in at Forsbergs...A New Leaf and see my pictures on display. I look forward to helping you with your holiday shopping.
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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/11/shop-today-for-christmas Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:31:57 GMT
Fabulous Fall https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fabulous-fall In Marquette. the seasons change quickly before our eyes. Seeing a few snowflakes in October, we know what is soon to come.  have taken photographs every day for two years and with winter right around the corner, I decided to purchase a few necessities for my winter wardrobe. I bought a pair of black, waterproof walking shoes, a pair of Thinsulate gloves and glare-resistant sunglasses. Now I a set to capture the beautiful colors brought in with the colder weather before sunrise. The peaceful moments brought in with the cold help to connect my mind, body, and spirit to Lake Superior, the Universe, and the omnipresence of God.

There is beauty surrounding us everyday. Having social media and friends to share my little bit of the world is a blessing in my life. I live with my 13 year old Maltese, Bella. Bella doesn't hear very well but, her visual sense and stamina keep up. Enjoy the outdoors and the sights, sounds, and experiences that are free for both you and me. 92ED1A40-DA6C-4AD9-860A-E002B98CC7E692ED1A40-DA6C-4AD9-860A-E002B98CC7E6

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) downtown marquette lake superior photography pure michigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fabulous-fall Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:20:55 GMT
Forsbergs...A New Leaf https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/9/forsbergs-a-new-leaf It's not every day that a local business approaches you and says that they love your photography and would you be willing to let them create a display in their store. Last week I was approached by the owner of Forsberg...A New Leaf and asked if I would add my photography to their new fall collection. Located in Marquette MI at 201 Front Street on the corner of Front and Main, an established floral, gift and design store will now showcase my framed prints, canvas, and woodblock prints. Prominently displayed on the front walls of their store this will add a physical location for people who want to see what my photography looks like in different mediums.

The seasonal change just seemed to be the right time for a new opportunity and partnership. Carole J. Pence Photography is excited about this unique opportunity. My photographs will be on display on October 5th through the holidays.

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) lake superior photography pure michigan https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/9/forsbergs-a-new-leaf Sat, 26 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Shapes and Time https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/9/shapes-and-time McCarty's Cove on Lake Superior can be traced back to the last glacial retreat making it only 10,000 years old. There have been thousands of people who have sat waiting for the sun to rise on Lake Superior. A person can believe anything they want as they gaze into the sky anticipating the sun rise.

One morning I saw light shapes floating and dancing on the waves. This begged the question of whether or not souls really do transcend a portal in time and dance in the shimmering light reflected on the water.

In my attempt to be grateful I take photographs designed by a Universe much more creative than I could have even imagined. 37D08E76-B9B6-4F7B-8F11-CA083CD33A2C37D08E76-B9B6-4F7B-8F11-CA083CD33A2C

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/9/shapes-and-time Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:25:52 GMT
Welcome To My Website https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/8/welcome-to-my-website Welcome! I am excited to invite you to the launch of my website, carolejpencephotography.com. In March of 2020, we were all faced with a new life where we had to quarantine. I decided to start taking early morning walks with my dog, Bella, along the shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. As I took my walks seeking peace, I saw such beauty and artistic display upon the shore that I had to capture it in photographs. I began posting my photographs on social media and here I am today – starting a new business! My social media posts led to friends and followers asking if they could purchase my photos so, I have created this website. I appreciate my friends and social media followers who have supported me in this life changing endeavor. I give a special thank you to Patty Peterson, a professional photographer whose creative talent and graphic design made this website a reality.
 

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(Carole J Pence Photography LLC) https://www.carolejpencephotography.com/blog/2020/8/welcome-to-my-website Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:43:45 GMT