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

14 Photographers Exhibit Mobile Phone Photo-Art in Victoria, B.C.

I’d like to extend a BIG thank you to the 14 photographers who came forward and submitted photos for inclusion in the 1st ever Creatively United Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show! which took place April 20-22nd in Victoria, B.C.

iPhone Photo by Bindu Wiles

Photographer Credit : Bindu Wiles

As the instigator and coordinator of this one piece of the festival, “Inspired by Nature,” I extend my gratitude to you all for your creativity, courage and community that you created by taking part. Thank You!

I’d like to acknowledge the following 14 iPhone Photographers and Mobile Photographers for their participation. I’ve provided links to any for whom I have websites and a small gallery of photos for those who wanted to be acknowledged online. Please do click on the links to view more of their work and to support their craft:

 Thank you to Frances Litman and the 1st Annual Creatively United for the Planet Festival for allowing me the  opportunity to create this iPhone photography and mobile phone photography exhibit, “Inspired by Nature” … a Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show! … at the Festival.

I’m pretty sure that this was the first ever mobile phone photo exhibit on Vancouver Island. We’ve made a good start for future!

Congratulations to the Festival and to all participants, speakers, volunteers and sponsors … Rumors have it that over 4000 people attended and that this Environmental and Creativity Festival recycled everything except for 2 bags of garbage. Well done! Thank you to Frances Litman, Founder of the Creatively United for the Planet Festival. Way to GO Frances, for having a vision and for living a dream.

I’d also like to thank an incredible volunteer, Brenda McBride from Victoria who helped me with everything from sorting and labeling photos, to hanging them on the wall (with tape, to not damage the walls, which is no easy task to get them straight in a line, but together we did it! ) … and she was also integral in getting photos returned to their owners via mail and/or pick up when I returned back to the Comox Valley. Brenda McBride was my Mobile Phone Photo-Show Buddy, and from one Brenda to another, Thank YOU!

— Brenda Johima
Instigator and Coordinator
for the Creatively United Festival for the Planet Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show!

Please support the Festival by visiting their website here :


elevate the artsElevate your phone for the Arts! Pull out your iPhone, Mobile Phone, and Any Camera Phone!

Join me, Artist and iPhone Photographer Brenda Johima in the first ever Elevate The Arts Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show! This is an all-ages, all-inclusive and FUN opportunity to showcase your your camera phone talents an artistic, creative and photographic tool to create works of photographic art.

Please support the Arts and visit the Elevate the Arts website for more information about all of the other fascinating things taking place at this super cool and exciting community event, which will take place in Downtown Courtenay, in the Comox Valley.


I volunteered my time to take part in this “full day culture crawl extravaganza” and to organize and coordinate  this one piece.

There were not enough submissions 🙁 … but it’s OK! We have to start somewhere. So, we had a great time anyway, after we added a few painters, visual artists to the mix. It ended up being “Elevate the Point!” with most of the participants at my venue, living in my neighbourhood, Ships Point, except for one person.

Thanks to the following artists for participating:

  • Don Cunningham
  • Brenda Johima
  • Barbara Legg
  • Laura Sponselee
  • Madeleine Wood

Totally enjoyed myself at 444-5th Street. One of the most rewarding parts of the day was having the young families come in, and to see their appreciation for abstract art and paintings, and to have the sweetest most beautiful little ones come in to see the art with their parents. I think that the Comox Valley must have some of the most peaceful and content, beautiful young children. Thank you to all who came by to visit!

— Brenda Johima

iPhone Photography of a Puppy by Brenda Johima

P.S. A HUGE Thank you to Kevin Reid of Coast Realty Group in Courtenay for loaning me space for our make-shift 24-hour gallery in the old Leung’s building at 444-5th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

Elevate The Arts Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show
(with Brenda Johima)


  • Visit the Elevate the Arts website and see all the festivities that happened on Saturday May 5th, 2012, in Downtown Courtenay. It was a HUGE success! Well done, planning team!


elevate the arts


*** Please note the change in the NEW date for submissions to be received below. You have more time! … and time is running out! Looking forward to receiving your print submissions. Please read below:

  • Entries must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, April 16th, 2012.

Please join me in Victoria B.C., during Earth Week 2012 to celebrate everything good for the planet, with like-minded artists and creatives at the Creatively United for the Planet Festival.

What’s my part in it all other than to enjoy 3 days of incredible creativity, speakers and performers at a First of it’s kind Festival? Well, something super exciting!

One, I’ll be a speaker, sharing my passion for iPhoneography.

Two, I’ve initiated, instigated and am coordinating the 1st ever Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show for the Creatively United for the Planet Festival!

I welcome you to contact me with any questions, and please do, submit your images! This concept, I proposed many months ago but only have 4 weeks to pull it off! … and … it’s exciting that we are now at the point to make it a reality. I’ve been inspired by Mobile Phone and iPhoneography photo shows that have already being done around the globe in many major city centres. It’s very exciting to have this movement now happening on Vancouver Island!

In order to make this event inclusive of everyone, and for all ages, and to have a greater reach for increasing awareness for the environment, we decided to open it up, not only to iPhone cameras, but to all cell phone cameras. My dream is to have photos coming in from not only locals, but from all over the world … yes, it’s now a very short time frame … you only have 4 weeks from today! Sooooo, GO!

Below is the “official” blurb for the iPhoneography and Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show. In addition, please do click on the links and Creatively United logo below, to visit the website, support the Festival, attend many of the free events, and purchase tickets to hear and see some amazing keynote speakers and performers such as International Conservation Photographer Garth Lenz, and Ann Mortifee who has received the Order of Canada and has traveled the globe as a keynote speaker. singer and performance artist, the legendary world renowned flutist, Paul Horn, Shivon Robinshong and the Gettin’ Higher Choir, and wildlife artist and environmentalist, Robert Bateman, to name only a few.

I’m also honored to work (as a volunteer for this festival) in the company of award winning Professional Photographer Frances Litman (MPA, Master of Photographic Arts), who is the Founder and Creative Director of the Festival … and a BIG thank you to Frances for saying YES, to include a mobile phone photo-art show component to the festival.

There is a brilliant and committed core group of volunteers working tirelessly to pull together a world-class-talent event to benefit environmental charities, right here on Vancouver Island. There’s a multitude of free community sessions for you to attend, as well as ticketed (pay a fee) sessions that include a stellar lineup of performers, speakers, facilitators, musicians, visual artists and more FUN!

(P.S. Do you want to volunteer during this April 20-22 Earth Week festival?)

I support the success of this Festival and think it’s time that Vancouver Island lead the way with environmental initiatives through the powerful voice of creatives and artists. This is a festival is not to be missed!

So here we go … Please celebrate with me by submitting and sharing your cell phone art, and help us increase awareness of the fragility of our environment … showcase the beauty of nature and be … “Inspired By Nature.”

iPhone nature photography by Brenda Johima

Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima
(image captured and post-processed using only an iPhone 4s)

Creatively United Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show (with Brenda Johima)

We’re celebrating nature with a collaborative exhibit of iPhone Photography (iPhoneography), Mobile Phone Photography and the Phone Arts, using only camera phones as the medium for creative expression!

If you have any questions about the photo-art show, please contact Brenda Johima directly, by telephone at 1.250.335.1195 or via email at CUphoneart@gmail.com



”Inspired by Nature”


There is a maximum of 4 images per participant. Each submission must be in print format, submitted at a maximum final print size of 5X7. (or 7×7 square format)


  • Each printed image submission must be accompanied by a 640px X 480px digital image to be emailed to Brenda Johima at CUphoneart@gmail.com
  • Please label your digital submission with your last name at the beginning of the file name. For example : JOHIMA_IMG_0566
  • Please use the email subject line “Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show” for your submission(s)
  • By submitting your images you are agreeing that the photos may be used on the Creatively United For The Planet website and on social networks to promote the festival (with photographer credit attached)


  • All post-processing of the original image must be done in-camera (in-phone)
  • Camera phone apps are permitted however, no external image editing software programs such as Photoshop, etc. may be used.


  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your payment.
  • Submissions with insufficient entry fees, postage or missing information for their delivery will not be considered or returned.


  • Entries must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, April 16th, 2012.
  • All submissions must include a self-addressed stamped envelope including the participant’s full name, mailing address, postal code, phone number and email address.
  • You may include your Twitter @ profile and Facebook profile or page if you wish to be connected there as well.
  • We reserve the right to decline any submission at our discretion and any fees paid are non-refundable.


  • Entries will be on display in St. Matthias Hall (600 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C.) during the Creatively United for the Planet Festival, from 7 pm Friday April 20th to 6 pm Sunday April 22nd, 2012.
  • We will not be responsible for loss or damage.


  • Participants must be the original copyright owner of the images submitted and have necessary model releases if required. You retain copyright of your image, however, images may be used to promote the Creatively United Festival and/or be posted to social networks.
  • By submitting, you are agreeing for your image(s) (if selected) to be used by Creatively United For The Planet and its affiliates for promotional purposes.
  • Creatively United reserves the right to publish the images (with photographer credit) on the Creatively United For The Planet Festival website and Facebook page(s)


  • Entries will be mailed directly to:Creatively United for the Planet
    c/o 474 Nelson Street, Victoria B.C., V9A 6P4
  • Please include the following with your submission:
  • Name: First and Last
  • Mailing Address (including postal code):
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Type of iPhone or Cell Phone Camera:
  • Location that the photograph was taken:
  • Brief Description of how the image was made:
  • Apps applied (optional):


  • Any questions, information, or other inquires can be sent via email to Brenda Johima, Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show Instigator & Coordinator, at CUphoneart@gmail.com or she may be reached by telephone at 1.250.335.1195
  • Please note: Brenda will be also speaking at the festival on the topic Create Incredible Nature Photography using Your iPhone. Watch for details to come.


— Brenda Johima


Creatively United for the Planet Festival


(iPhoneography) Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima


(iPhoneography) Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima

This white swan arrives daily to visit a neighbour who lives on the ocean in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island.

The image was captured with an iPhone 4s and then with multiple layers added and multiple apps applied in order to achieve a painterly effect. (no Photoshop)

~ Brenda Johima


The colors on the ground right now, and the stark, naked trees are a magnet for me, and a place to immerse myself, in a feast for the senses.

[ iPhone Photo : No Photoshop ]

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

*** P.S. “Nature Creates ART. I Just Show Up.”
~ Brenda Johima ~

Today was my lucky day. The fall colors were stunning! I went for a hike with my nordic poles (really it was more like a dawdle-walk, as I got distracted with my camera and the mind-blowing colors) up Mount Washington. (Comox Valley, Vancouver Island)

As usual, I went, with iPhone in hand. I actually intended to do a work-out, work up a sweat, burn a few calories, but instead, it ended up as a beautiful session of nature photography 🙂 with very few calories burned. Ha.

It was one of the most gorgeous fall days that I have ever seen on the mountain, with striking foilage and vibrant colors, and lush vegetation that appeared to have never dried up in summer like it usually does. I’m happy and satisfied. What a gorgeous day for a walk it was, and a what a feast for the eyes. See for yourself :

Look what I found up Mount Washington today. A work of art! Stunning fall colors up the mountain. Grateful that so much beauty surrounds us. Mother Nature creates ART. We simply have to show up, with open eyes and open heart.”

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

“Nature IS Art. Fall colors always blow my mind. I’m grateful to be able to get out in nature every single day. and grateful that so much beauty surrounds us. Mother Nature creates ART. We simply have to show up, with open eyes and open heart.”

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Below, is the third piece in my series of fall colors, discovered today up Mount Washington. This time, with a softer feel, it warms my heart. I’m so grateful for art and nature, and how they work so beautifully together.

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

I’m filled with gratitude, that I live in such an incredibly beautiful place on this planet, and that I have eyes to see such tremendous beauty, and a heart to feel deeply, and ears that know, that sometimes the best music, is the silence of nature.

In love and in light,

Brenda Johima



Forest Silhouette

On October 11, 2011, in iPhone Art, iPhone Photography, iPhoneography, by brendajohima

To date, I’ve been a purist “iPhoneographer,” with a focus on capturing and post-processing everything in-camera, using only the iPhone, wherever possible. (… with a few exceptions, where I have used Photoshop to reduce noise, and whenever I have done that, it is noted with the image … if it doesn’t say anything, it’s pure iPhone all the way…)

As I get close to saying Good-Bye to my “old” iPhone, I’m experimenting with iPhone apps combined with Photoshop. As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and challenge of using my 2MP iPhone 3G. (Yes! Everything you see up until now, I challenged myself to create, using only an iPhone 3G) … I’m really looking forward to an upgrade in iPhone camera quality to an 8MP camera. (My phone is often used more for photography than phone calls 🙂

So, here is my most recent little experiment. This Forest Silhouette was captured and post-processed in-camera with the iPhone, using a few different apps, and then I brought it into Photoshop to achieve the final result you see below.

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

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