dodging raindrops | june 14th, 2019

It’s Juneeee! Obviously, this shoot was earlier this month but I’m finally getting around to posting it. It has rained almost every day, so I was excited to see clear skies with this golden hour. Not much to say, but I hope you enjoy!

Also if you know the name of this purple plant, let me know.

Always some love for the daisies. <3

- Victoria

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wildflowers of may | may 24th, 2019

TWO FOR MAY WOW. Crazy, right?

Can I just say, I’m SO excited about this shoot. For the first time in months, I really enjoyed taking pictures. The past few months have been challenging with lack of inspiration and motivation, but that’s exactly why I committed to at least one shoot a month.

Recently I’ve been thinking about this whole website thing. It costs money to keep it up with yearly fees that aren’t cheap — and that seem to be increasing each year. Last year I didn’t make nearly enough to cover the next year’s subscriptions. Although I wasn’t able to work on my photography much last summer which definitely contributed to sales, I’m questioning whether or not to keep putting the money into it when I’m not even breaking even. We will see what the next year brings, but hopefully this will grow and I can keep doing what I love and sharing it with you all.

Anyway, on to the photos!

I was so pumped about these when I was taking them — a great feeling!!

I don’t know why but these give me a sort of wedding aesthetic vibe…

So this plant actually has thorns all over it and it tried to hold on to me a few times but thankfully I got away.

But in the process of getting away I stepped backward down a hill and let me tell you I don’t recommend doing that.

After all of those winter months and my impatience for spring to be here, it was so wonderful to go out and actually enjoy my time taking pictures. It’s gotta be the wildflowers. <3

- Victoria

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beautiful procrastination | may 9th, 2019

Hey! It’s May!

These were from earlier this month but I’m just now getting around to posting them. Fun fact: I took these picture instead of studying for finals. Time well spent if you ask me.

Just a few to share today, but hopefully I can get out there again before the month is over!

Nothing too fancy, but I wanted to try to do something different since my spring photos tend to always look the same.

- Victoria

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april flowers | april 20th, 2019

It’s April! …almost May! But hey, I’ve improved since February, so I’m calling April a success.

This shoot was so frustrating. For the first 80 pics or so, I hated every. single. one. Cue the self-doubt of why I even do photography. Yeah. One of those days. Again.

But as I reviewed the shoot on my computer and started editing, I was pleasantly surprised by the end result. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Spring blossom photos are so difficult because it feels like there’s only so many ways to take pictures of them.. so I tried to mix it up this time.

Fun fact: I was obsessed with photographing dandelions in high school. I think I’ll get back into it.

There’s April for ya! Maybe I’ll get back out again before the month is over, but no promises.

Oh, by the way, mini art prints are now available in my shop! Check them out here. If you’d like to see one of these photos in my shop, let me know in the comments!

- Victoria

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patiently anticipating | march 24th, 2019

A week ago my roommate looked at me and asked, “So when are you going to do your photoshoot for this month?”

Oops.

I forgot about that goal momentarily.

Today’s weather was decent enough to go out, but the subjects were lacking. Honestly, it was a downer. It’s hard for me not to blame myself and think it’s because I’m a terrible photographer, but this girl can only take pictures of the same thing so many times.

Not an artistic masterpiece, but it was exciting to see evidence of spring approaching.

How many shoots can Victoria do before she gets tired of taking pictures of these branches? The answer is 3.

Maybe if I get the lighting and angle just right, it’ll look like palm trees…….

I’ve found myself growing impatient in many areas of my life lately. This shoot was almost poetic, if I can say that without seeming too dramatic. I was frustrated by the lack of spring-ness and the fact that it’s not here yet. This frustration was (dramatically) paralleled with other things on my mind. But as I saw the teeny pieces of evidence that spring will be here soon, I was reminded just the same that the other things I’m impatient about won’t stay that way forever. Everything has a season, even seasons of questioning and waiting and unknowns.

This is just one of the many ways photography helps me make sense of life.

- Victoria

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awaiting spring | february 27th, 2019

Nothing like fulfilling my February shoot with a day to spare! I blame the lack of days in this month. And the cold weather. This was a quick one because my camera battery decided to say it was low after I had gone outside.

And this is why I couldn’t do nature photography for a living…I get fixated on certain subjects and take the same picture over and over…

Victoria Holding Things in Her Half-Gloved Hand: A Series

Nothing especially stellar, but I hope you enjoyed. <3

- Victoria

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first photography adventure of 2019 | january 27th, 2019

When I committed to at least one photography adventure per month, I totally called it that I’d be dragging my feet in the winter months…and here we are on the 27th day of January with my first photography adventure of the month! Today was one of the “warmer days” (20°f) before the snow is supposed to melt, so I figured I better get out there!

A lot of these are the winter editions of previous shoots..

Not as clear as I wanted it to be but the snow looked super cool. Kinda like that stuffing you put inside pillows.

Dandelions, queen anne’s lace, tiny flowers… I try to add variety. I promise.

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Short and sweet! Hope you enjoyed. :)

- Victoria

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#tbt | photos + words | happy new year!

Happy 2019! I hope you all are having a great start to the year, but even if you’re not, don’t be discouraged. Every day is a chance to start fresh!

Since I didn’t get to do as much photography this year as I did last, I’ve decided not to do a year review. I’m incredibly thankful for the following I’ve gained this year and the successes you all have given to me! Thank you. Going into 2019, I’ve updated some little things on this website, including the main page and the addition of a search bar in the galleries. I’ve set new goals, and I’m looking forward to this new year ahead in photography!

So what is this blog about? After a hiatus from Flickr, I decided to “go back” and start posting again. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that sharing on Flickr had previously been my way of processing the things that were going on in my life. Although I’m grateful for that platform and how much sharing my photos the way I did helped me, I’ve strayed away from it in recent years. I’ve found myself processing the situations in my life differently. Photography is still a passion of mine and is very meaningful, but no longer in the same way. I’ve been trying re-work how to share my work on Flickr, and I think I’m figuring it out.

As I was looking through my Flickr stream, I noticed how much I used to put words on my photos. It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing, but it was trendy at the time. Some of these photos mean a great deal to me to this day. I wanted to do a little #throwbackthursday and share some of those photos with you all.

Dear John by Taylor Swift

I’ve Always Loved You by Third Day

The colors in this one hurt my eyes a little…

Sad Beautiful Tragic by Taylor Swift

I tried this paper words “editing technique” with film photos, too.

Robin Jones Gunn, A Promise is Forever

I still think about this poem often, always wondering when to unlock that gate and what would happen if I did…

Oohs and Ahhs by Needotbreathe

I remember posting this one when I felt like I was dealing with way too much for someone my age.

All I Have by Mat Kearney

All Too Well by Taylor Swift

A Place in This World by Taylor Swift

Veronica Roth, Insurgent

Eyes Open by Taylor Swift

There are plenty more where these came from if you want to check them out. I’m grateful for the words of others who helped and continue to help me through tough times, and help me articulate the great times as well.

- Victoria

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december beauty | december 2nd, 2018

Happy December!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw that I recently made an (early) New Year’s resolution… I have committed to going on at least one photography adventure a month. That was two days ago. Yesterday I woke up to find that it was 60 degrees outside and sunshine-y! So of course, I had to take advantage of the warm weather to take pictures.

On my way out I decided to grab my 4x macro filter to add to my 35mm lens. A lot of these photos were taken with that combo.

I don’t know what this is but I was obsessed with the colors.

…I also don’t know what this is, but I was obsessed with the lighting…

…and you guessed it, no idea, but I LOVE it. I think it’s because the colors and all of the bokeh. Anyone else?

I probably looked pretty weird cuddling up with this bush in order to get this shot.

Fall colors still persisting, even in December.

It may have been 60 degrees and sunny, but the ground was muddy and I.. almost wiped out several times in the process of getting the following pictures.

So in love with these tiny flowers. <3

This was another one taken with the 4x macro filter.

In the style of one of last year’s posts.

(I was a little obsessed with these, if you can’t tell.)

THE COLORS.

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Apparently I got pretty close to these as I found a bunch of these dandelion-looking seeds on my sweater afterward!

What a turn around from my last shoot… This one was so much fun and made me want to go out again and try new things (like using my 10x filter). Thanks for following along, even when I’m not even pleased with my own work. <3

This month I challenge all of you to make time for something you love. Even if it’s just one time this month.

“It's not about waiting for hours for this moment where inspiration strikes. It's just about showing up and getting started and then something amazing happens or it doesn't happen. All that matters is you enable the chance for something to happen.” Christoph Niemann

- Victoria

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november colors | november 18th, 2018

November is here! …and almost over.

Sunday was an unseasonably warm day so I decided to go out and take some pictures while it lasted!

Taking pictures during this time of the year is quite tricky. Everything seems so monotone and dried up. It’s a challenge to say the least, and I think I wrote about this issue last year, too. I ended up with quite a few pictures I like, so I’d say it was a success.

This fluffy stuff is everywhere and I honestly thought it was going to be the only thing to take pictures of…

Spot the lady bug!

These pastels have me thinking it’s spring…

I’m obsessed with the purple on this plant! If you follow me on Instagram (@victorialivolsiphotography) you may have seen my story about it. So pretty!!

Honestly, I was so frustrated during this shoot. Normally I’m really happy to be taking pictures and getting ones I think will turn out well. Now I have an appreciation for the first set of pictures, too, but it wasn’t as enjoyable as usual… at least at first. It’s tough to not be enjoying what you supposedly love in the moment. I was questioning if I should even make an effort with this whole photography thing anymore… And I feel like I should be real about that. I do question if I should keep pursuing photography. But.. I love it.. even in moments like these.

Let’s be real: this wasn’t my favorite shoot. But there are pictures here that I do really like. And I hope you got something good out of it, too!

Stick with what you love even when it frustrates the heck out of you.
(pro-tip: sometimes that’s a person.)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Happy Fall to the rest of you wonderful people. :)

- Victoria

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