My Portrait of Sarah Selecky in The Kit!

Do you ever look back at how some of your greatest friendships began and feel a sense of awe and wonder at how magically life has turned out? This is how I feel when I think about Sarah Selecky.

Not only is she a brilliant creator, a Giller Prize-shortlisted author, the founder of her own writing school, and one of the kindest people I know, but she was also my very first writing instructor!

It was the early aughts and we were both living in Victoria, BC at the time. It’s even possible that when we met, neither of us had yet made any plans to move to Toronto (which we also, coincidentally, did around the same time). I wish I could remember how I found her. If I could bless the coffee shop, flyer, or bulletin board that brought me to her, I would!

Sarah is a gift to the world and it has been a true blessing to have the chance to photograph her radiance.

To read her essay on how her move to the country had changed her style sensibilities, head on over to The Kit!

An Interview with Blurb

Very exciting news today: I’m on the Blurb blog!

In the interview, I share how the book came into being, my advice for people who want to become full-time creative professionals, and why I think print books matter.

Check it here!

PS -- Kickstarter Update: We've been live for just one week and have already reached 30% of our $20K goal!! To everyone who has shared this project, sent their love, sent support, and made pledges -- THANK YOU!! Let’s keep this fire going!

5 Things You Think the Night Before Your Kickstarter Launch
  1. This is going to be great.

  2. Is this going to be great?

  3. Yes, yes this is going to be great.

  4. OK.

  5. Great.

In truth, I have no idea how this Kickstarter thing is going to go. I’ve never made a book before. I’ve never launched a Kickstarter campaign. So the whole thing is just one gigantic experiment.

However I’ve already decided: no matter what happens, it’s going to be great.

I’ve tried my best to create work that I’m proud of and to share a story about that work in such a way that connects with people and (hopefully!) inspires them to support it. This took some time to make it all happen but it finally feels like it’s in a good place. It’s ready to share.

Of course, it could all fail. No one could buy it. Plus it’s a Kickstarter project; so it’s all or nothing. A possible outcome of all these months, love, and effort towards making this one thing happen could yield exactly that: nothing.

Another possible outcome: wonderful things beyond my wildest imaginings! I could find the people who are looking for exactly what I have to offer. Anything is possible!

So even if it doesn’t work out, well. It’s okay. I might have to go on long walks in nature for awhile.

Eventually though, I come around to accepting the notion that the best thing about failure is the discovery of what doesn’t work. Either no one wants what I have to offer or no one likes the way in which I’d presented said offer. Ideally, I’ll pick myself up after not too long of a time and then work to figure out what didn’t work. Reiterate, course-correct, change whatever needs to be changed — and then: I’ll try again.

But if it works, if there are people out there who connect what I have to offer… well that would just be stellar, wouldn’t it?!

Until tomorrow.

It's 2019!

I suppose because it’s nearly mid-February, I’m a bit late in welcoming in the new year. To that I say: well, at least it’s not late February — because that would’ve been egregious.

2019 came in like a lion and while mid-February is supposed to be a slow and dreary time, I’m taking advantage of this period by plotting and planning; I’ve got things I wanna make happen this year!

To start, this spring / summer I’m going to be publishing my first book! (YAY!)

It’s a photo novella — a non-fiction narrative told through a combination of both my photography and writing. That’s about all I can definitively say about it at the moment but there will be more information to come over the coming weeks and months, I promise.

In the meantime, while I had been hopeful that this journal of mine would see more activity, the truth is that I’m also putting a lot of energy into my other endeavour which is to post #aphotoaday on my Instagram feed — so if you’d like to see what I’m doing every day, pop on over!

So stay tuned folx — I’m still here and there will be a lot more of me here again soon.

Michelle Yee
Long time! BONUS: Quick update!

Hello again!

I’ve been on hiatus from blogging (for, what, 4+ years???) and a whole lifetime has happened since then. One of the biggest being that I’d finally (!!!!) achieved my lifelong dream of moving to New York. I did it! I really did it!!!!!!!!!!!!

And… then I became bicoastal and ended up spending a lot of time in dreamy San Francisco as well. So, you know, life’s an adventure and all that.

I’m working on some projects related to this big dream come true of mine so I won’t say much more at the moment but, rest assured, you will hear the story from me. One day. Soon.

In the meantime, I’ve got some news!

Sunday, October 14th - Collage with Me! at the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY

I’m hosting a collaging workshop at the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg. (I know, isn’t it amazing?!? This is my favourite thing ever.) Details are firming up and coming soon but in the meantime: save that date!

Friday, October 26th - Giant Steps in Minneapolis, MN

Giant Steps is a one-day conference that brings together “creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives” — my people! I was blessed when my path crossed that of Susan Campion, the inspiring woman who started it all 9 years ago.

I’m will be participating in a panel discussion and I am so excited. It’ll be my first time in Minneapolis so I’m keen to finally be in Prince’s hometown as well as learn to new ideas and meet other creative minds.

Other spicy things are cooking so stay tuned for future goodies.

Until then, THANK YOU for being here.