Happy Mother's Day |Calgary Baby Photographer05.07.10

I received a handout at my Fitmom class yesterday titled “Motherhood inspires personal growth” by Andrea Page (the founder of Fitmom). Andrea speaks of her story of motherhood and the success of her business, some of which I could relate to. She then goes on to speak about things that she has learned through motherhood and I could relate to lots of it and thought that I would share.

1. We have not been groomed for motherhood. What I mean by this is that unlike other cultures where getting ready for mothering is the focus of a young woman’s upbringing, our culture aims to get us ready for “success”. So I know that I am not alone when I say that I have found becoming a mom is something that I am still learning. The most important lesson of all is that I MUST let some stuff go, I will not be perfect. I also have no desire to prove anything to others. I actually find strength through humility and find my close mommy friends appreciate my honesty about imperfection.

2. Having a child means double duty on all fronts. In mothering you will be conjuring up at least double the energy expended in a day to meet the needs of both you and the child. In addition, your will be facing double the expenses and often half the income. My advice is keep it simple; take really good care of yourself in terms of fitness and nutrition. Use your time as a mom as a reminder that daily personal reflection will help you focus on your personal values and try not to get drawn into the competitiveness our society perpetuates.

3. It’s okay to screw up. Social pressures that define the perfect mother/career woman set us up to constantly be dropping the ball, so to speak. Learn to laugh at this because unless you have a caregiver for each child and a personal assistant you will come up short a lot. Before becoming a mom I was able to control most of my life. Learning that I can’t control a lot of things with my kids has helped me grow immensely as a person.

4. Motherhood changes your life. Although this one is straight forward, I have never seen more blood sweat and tears from the women I know once they become moms. I have seen young teen moms turn their lives around, career women reinvent themselves, women build businesses, grow change and evolve in miraculous ways. Motherhood is a bumpy road of self-discovery I am very blessed to be on.

5. Motherhood Can Change the World I believe that mothers are meant to change the world because their investment in the world around them is driven by a deepened awareness. Once you experience the successes and failures of mothering your own child, the pain of mothers around the world has new meaning. Mothering has taught me that I have the power to make change in myself and in the world around me!!

These are all points that I think about and work on everyday and I know I am not alone. It is always nice to be reminded though…ease some motherly guilt.

This weekend is both difficult and awesome for me having lost my own mother (the person that I looked to to teach me how to be a better mother) but then awesome in that I am a mother with two AMAZING children who continue to teach (challenge) me. I love to learn and be challenged and will continue to grow and develop with my children!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mexican vacation | Calgary Family Photographer04.26.10

How long ago was I away?? Yeah, these are from awhile ago. A little bit more timely than the last vacation post though:) I needed to get these up to at least share with family as we vacationed with my husband’s family and they would probably like to see some pictures.  There are not a ton this time…the shutter on my camera broke during this trip.

The first group is from a whale watching trip that we did. AWESOME! I am a HUGE marine lover…a scuba master would be my alternative dream job (not overly feasible this far inland though). The kids were both a little green on this trip so they may not be following in my footsteps. I am hopeful that this will pass though so one of them can replace my current dive partner(husband), who does not love trying to “keep up”;). He also does not love that I have been known to follow, hold, pet or resurface into things like barracuda, sting ray, reef sharks and jellyfish respectively. So you can only imagine my excitement when we encountered these three humpbacks…and the disappointment as I remembered that I had opted out of the scuba portion of the trip to watch my children’s reactions. My son’s reaction was worth this though as he did enjoy seeing them (prior to feeling ill).

The rest of the trip was mostly spent in the pool and my children both came back little fish…very proud mommy! I ended up with a bit of unexpected rest time due to throat, ear and foot infections. I should explain as a portion ties in with my love of marine life story. The throat and ear were just a cold but the foot infection was as a result of an encounter with a jellyfish (or some other type of sea creature) that had washed on to the beach. It seems running without shoes on the beach is not a good idea. That will teach me for trying to stay in shape on vacation;) And, of course, my husband said that only I would find the jellyfish on the beach. True enough and I will probably do it again!

One more thing…Itouches are an amazing invention…made for VERY enjoyable plane rides!
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Booking form | Calgary Child Photographer04.13.10

I just wanted to mention that I have added an online booking form to the main website – you can click HERE to see.  The form should help improve the booking process and alleviate some of the back and forth emails as I know you are busy enough already.  There will continue to be a few more changes over the next little while as I continue to streamline everything to make it more efficient for everyone.

And since I need a picture…here is a quick picture of my daughter and I from last week.  I wish I had the focus on the other side;)  I stink at self-portraits (well, and being in front of the camera at all).

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Gorgeous baby| Calgary Baby Photographer03.30.10

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I saw this little one a few months ago for newborn shots, a look here. It is so fun to see how they grow and change and then the things that are the same (her little dimple!).  She is such a gorgeous and happy baby.  T and G it was great to see you again.  I will have the rest up soon.

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Video | Calgary Photographer02.28.10

So I have been mentioning a few projects that I have been working on over the last little while and so many of them are starting to get completed.  The logo was one thing that I wanted to freshen up after 5 years.  It was exciting to roll that out last week and get some awesome feedback.  Another project that I have been working on was a video of a photo experience with Tot Shots.  It is a chance to see me, the studio and how a typical session works with me.  I mentioned a few months ago, a lot of clients are wanting to do their research and meet with me to see the studio and get to know me.  Of course, you are always welcome to come meet with me to ensure that I am the photographer for you but I know how busy we all are so thought that this might help.

I have to give Jess complete credit for putting it all together.  Part of the reason that it has taken me so long to get this done was because it is hard to find the time to learn a new editing program/process and secondly I really prefer to be behind the camera!  There are a few other things that I want to incorporate at some point but here is the first attempt…click HERE to link to the video section on my website.

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