A 4 AM New-To-Me Photo/Art Technique

On June 24, 2014, in Art, Photo-Art, Photography, by brendajohima

I’ve been up since 4 AM. I’ve learned to go with the flow with insomnia.

I write, plan, think, meditate, contemplate, look at my day ahead. I always get great ideas at 4 AM, or reminders of things I wanted to do but haven’t tried yet.

Sooooo, today, I’m looking forward to trying out a new-to-me, photo-art technique just for fun. I learned about it many years ago but just haven’t got around to doing it.

Today feels like the right day. Thank you 4 AM.

Love Brenda


Purple Healer

On June 3, 2014, in FLORAL, Garden, Nature Photography, Photography, by brendajohima

“The morning garden heals me, with colour dripping wet.”

purple iris in garden

The morning garden heals me, with color dripping wet.



On May 27, 2014, in FLORAL, Garden, Nature Photography, Photography, by brendajohima

Patience has never been my best quality, but having cancer, and spending time in the garden with my camera, is proving to be my best teacher for learning patience.

With Gratitude,

green fern in garden

circling, enveloping, nature always moving


Where Did Brenda Johima Photographer Go?

On May 21, 2014, in Photography, by brendajohima

I let a bunch of other competitive “professional” photographers (in an organization)  squash me, silence me, crush me. I regret that. I got bullied. I took less and less photos. I went into hiding. I quit. I let friends and family tell me I could not be a photographer. I broke their hearts by taking better images. I got bullied. I listened. I could not handle breaking the dreams of others who had wanted to pursue photography but didn’t. I quit. I let a group of dog trainers and dog professionals gossip and try to destroy my dog photography Facebook page and phoDOGraphy business. They spread the word in a small town that I cost too much. (I had charged too little and went broke doing so). I quit. I got cancer. I immediately changed all my social profiles and removed “photographer” and “iPhoneographer” and “travel photographer” (wanna be). I couldn’t see how I could travel and be a photographer on the road and have cancer and be in treatment. I quit.

All this crazy thinking and shrinking smaller behaviours and quitting to please others has lead me to …

Begin again!

Today. Lesson learned. I begin again.

xxoo Brenda Johima


I have a new opinion of what a “professional” photographer (which I have never called myself) is … they don’t bully other “wanna-be’s” as they call it, into submission. They encourage, they motivate, they inspire, they remember where they came from when they began, they know that their words and actions displayed to those starting out, ARE their brand and affect their own reputation. They know that anybody may refer them work and clients … even possibly the “wanna be” that they bullied.

Hello My Dear Long Lost Blog

On May 13, 2014, in breast cancer, NEWS, by brendajohima

It’s been over a year since I have posted to this blog.

I told myself that I would never be a blogger who blogs just because you are “supposed” to.

Writing … and life, has to have meaning for me, and … especially if you are putting it out to the entire world to read.

So I have waited and waited for something to light enough fire under me that I felt it was worth writing about. It was a long, long break.

Now, I write again. It’s time.

I have breast cancer.

I’ll be blogging about my breast cancer journey over here: brendajohima.CA (note the .ca)

I’ll be back to fill you in on what’s upcoming on this website! This space will remain a creative smorgasbord for all that I do … I write, I paint, I speak and teach, and make photos with mobile devices (mostly iPhone) and also my big girl cameras, my DSLR’s. My focus and niche, is 150% whatever I am immersed in, at the moment, and I love it that way!

For the purists who only want to view my photography, I’m launching a separate portfolio website where you can view and purchase images.

Stay tuned, and I’ll be back soon!




This is going to be a quick blog post because I just arrived in Victoria to attend my favorite social media conference, Social Media Camp! It started already today, with an awesome turnout for the orientation and the first social. I’m in my hotel room typing up this to make sure you get this deal ASAP, and resting up from the long drive and … OK … yes, finishing up preparations and tweaking my speech for tomorrow, Tuesday morning, titled “Mobile Photography: Everlasting Ever-Changing.”

Can’t wait!

travel longer magazine

So here’s the breaking NEWS! And what perfect timing to announce this, at a social media conference!

I got an iPad for my birthday in April and I’ll be presenting my first Keynote presentation using only mobile devices tomorrow, iPhone and iPad, instead of my old konked out MacBook Pro. (Dear WIFI and technology please be on my side at the Victoria Confernece Centre please).

Here is the NEWS: (use “johima” as your code) I will be featured in the JUNE 2013 issue of Travel Longer iPad Magazine as an iPhone photographer! Use your code before May 8th at 12 AM Midnight please, as it is a conference special, but anyone can take advantage of it.

If you are reading this now you are in for a treat at Social Media Camp, because everyone who attends the conference gets a FREE 3-month subscription to Travel Longer iPad Magazine.

I’m featured in the JUNE 2013 as the iPhone photographer, and I’ve also got an article coming in the JUNE issue as well. So you’ll get to read my JUNE article … and also stay tuned because we have a SPECIAL BONUS that will be announced soon, all for iPhone photographers who want some tips on using their camera phone during travel.

Here’s the simple steps:

  1. You will be downloading the magazine from the app store, and then :
  2. Go here : http://travellonger.com/code/
  3. Inserting my code “johima” (all lower case) to get your FREE 3-month subscription

That’s it! There is no catch, because I tried it myself, and those who know me, know I only promote the good stuff :)

There is some beautiful photography in this magazine, great travel tips and articles, and I’ll be featured along with , and Billy from Travel Longer says “I’m in good company” and if you look at her website, I am sure you would agree.

I’ll be using this hashtag for any photos and writings related to Travel Longer iPad magazine, if you want to follow along across all social networks:


I’m incredibly honored and excited to be featured in my first ever iPad magazine, which currently is sitting at #8 in the U.S. and I have a feeling it’s just going to keep climbing up and up.

Safe travels, happy journey,

– Brenda Johima

johima travel longer ipad magazine code

i am speaking at social media camp 2013I love this time of year, as I prepare for my favorite social media conference on Vancouver Island.

This will be my FOURTH year in a row as a featured speaker and conference attendee at Social Media Camp in Victoria B.C. I LOVE speaking at this conference, and I’m ecstatic to be on the main stage this year.

Here’s the official blurb on my session for the conference, and I hope to see you there! Please do come and say Hello as I LOVE meeting new people :)

Session Title: Mobile Photography: Everlasting Ever-Changing

Session Extract: Mobile Photography : WOW Yourself! Turn Blah cell phone photos into WOW images with impact. Your OWN mobile photography and visual social media can transform lives, make business more fun, and make a lasting impact through social sharing.

The only one thing you can really count on is your own inherent creativity. With mobile technology changing at rapid speeds, those who embrace change and their own creativity will lead the way. Cell phone cameras have put creativity in our pockets, always accessible. Mobile photography is a brilliant creative tool for marketing, advertising, real time news and for personal artistic expression. The images we make are permanent memories online and in print. What are you communicating?

“Creativity is not only for arts and culture. Creativity, innovation, imagination, the ability to invent and to think creatively is crucial for business, science and technology, health, education, construction, for the development of new products and services, for employment and job creation and, for every day life. Creating the business, life and career we dream of and long for, requires imagination and creative thinking, combined with the courage to take the action required to get there and to reach our goals.” — Brenda Johima

Think about it, everything we purchase, has been touched by a creative, in order to market it, whether it be a photographer, visual artist, designer, writer, dancer, actor, videographer or singer. The arts are crucial not only to life, but to every business. Add now to this list, iPhoneography and mobile photography, it’s crucial.

You will take away:

  • inspiration via a fast moving, never boring presentation
  • Brenda’s top 10 recommended apps (iPhone and Android) for creating mobile photo-art on the fly
  • tips on how you can use mobile photography to your advantage
  • Brenda’s top 5 list of crucial elements of fine art and design
  • stunning examples of iPhone photos turned into works of art
  • Brenda’s camera of choice is the iPhone but the session is applicable to all mobile photographers, no matter the camera (* you do not have to own a cell phone camera to attend this session *)

About the Speaker:

Brenda Johima joins us for her fourth year in a row as a featured speaker at Social Media Camp. Impressive!

A passionate speaker, artist and prolific iPhoneographer, Brenda Johima IS Art, Creativity, Design and Social Media combined under one roof. Her own roof.

In 2002 Brenda Johima started her home based business, JOHIMA Designs, which provided graphic design for print and web. In order to provide clients with a one-stop shop for success, she later jumped into SEO, Internet Marketing, and Social Media and rebranded as simply, JOHIMA. During the entire time Brenda has also been very active as an visual artist (painter) and photographer creating images for personal and artistic expression.

Always remaining nimble to change with the times, Brenda has been making mobile phone art (iPhoneography) with her iPhone almost on a daily basis since 2008, and after literally thousands of images, is excited to share her expertise, tips, tricks and enthusiasm with you.

Brenda’s Twitter profile says it all; a Multi-Talented-Creative-Type, Designer, Visual Artist, Photographer: phoDOGrapher: Creativity Consultant for Business. And for Social Media Camp, we add iPhoneographer!

See you there!
– Brenda Johima

Ships Point Fanny Bay iPhone Art


EXCITING. I’ll be speaking on the topic of mobile photography on Norwegian Cruiselines, and in fact, when Social Media Camp takes this conference to sea on the 2013 Social Media Cruise! And you can join me! What better a place to learn new skills and to practice mobile photography than with like-minded folks on a luxury ship? I’ll post a separate blog post very shortly. But if you are eager to sign up before my next blog post, please use “JOHIMA” to join me! Contact Alex Yates and tell her that Brenda JOHIMA sent you :)

P.S.P.S. If you use one of the links above, to register for Social Media Camp, you’ll receive a 10% discount upon registration. If you forget, please use “JOHIMA” as your code :) Thank You!

Book me for future conferences! Let’s connect via social networks:

Brenda Johima on Twitter
Brenda Johima on Instagram
Brenda Johima Creative on Facebook
Brenda Johima on Google+

Connect with Social Media Camp:

Social Media Camp Website
Social Media Camp on Twitter
Social Media Camp on Facebook



As I walked through the forest I came across this rusted out old car, colorful and turquoise … a work of car art.

That’s how I saw it, at least, even before I took a photo.

This was the coolest thing I had seen in awhile and I couldn’t wait to capture it with my iPhone camera and then rush to apply some apps to create some new art.

(I’ll post the original photo in a separate post so that you can see, the composition, color, texture and moment was awesome, even with no apps or image manipulation applied)

But for now, here you go. This wild piece of camera art gives me so much JOY!

~Brenda Johima~

(p.s. environmentalists, I agree, we need to get this junk out of the forest, should never be there I suppose, but in the meantime, it’s an artist/photographers dream)


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HAPPY New Year 2013!

On January 2, 2013, in Photography, Travel Photography, by brendajohima

HAPPY New Year!

2013 for me, feels like it’s filled with promise and optimism, moving forward and going for it!

How about for you?

2012 was tough for a lot of people, myself included, and there’s something magical about beginning with a blank canvas, a brand new year to start all over again. I’ve not made any New Years resolutions, zero. However, I am super excited to begin anew.

On a business note, watch for my new eBook in 2013, as well as a new website right here, and a brand new (separate) portfolio website that only showcases my photographic images.

Be well, be happy, look for the good, love more than ever before, and I look forward to connecting with you throughout the year.

— Brenda Johima

window shopping in Venice Italy

Copyright 2012Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used Without Written Permission



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(Revised April 11, 2013, Start Date for New Launch was instead, April 1, 2013. And that’s no April Fool’s joke :)

November 1st, 2012, today! I’ve launched a new business! Johima Photography.

Please stay tuned while my website is updated to reflect this great news! More focus! A new focus!

— Brenda Johima

Brenda Johima iPhone Art in Italy

All Art and Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima

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