The first month | Calgary Family Photographer01.30.12

Okay, I had promised more client work but I have had a lot of people ask how things are going. So I have decided to post an update here first. I have set up a new blog to document our adventure in Southern California. The blog serves a few purposes for me…update friends and family that have been so kind with their notes and thoughts, a photojournal of our adventure (which will later be made into a coffee table book) and it will also serve as a creative outlet for me. I have had ideas, personal projects and goals that I have not made enough time for over the last couple of years. This year brings the opportunity for inspiration through more time with my children, the adventure of a new country, and experimentation/growth in my photography.

The new blog is located at http://jodyboryski.tumblr.com. I am not committing to a daily blog but do hope to have it updated a few times a week. I will not be adding a lot of text to it as I am hoping that it speaks for itself and the images will tell the story for us for years to come.

The first thing that I purchased (with free shipping and duty free – woohoo!) was a camera purse. I wanted to make sure that I had my camera with me as much as possible. A few pictures have been taken on my iphone but the majority will be with my DSLR. There will be minimal editing (as that is typically where I get stuck in the process of getting pictures of my children) – I take lots but don’t find the time to go through them. These will be mostly right out of the camera.

I purposely did not come back in January (other than to get the dog who was not allowed to fly over Christmas) or begin my U.S. business so that I could focus on helping my children get settled in a new country, new school and new family logistics. It was a chaotic month but we are getting settled and in a routine now. As we get settled we can now begin to enjoy the benefits of small town Southern California – definitely a different pace for this family:). We are in Redlands, Ca – with a population of about 70,000 and orange groves and desert hills everywhere you look:) We are renting a house at the edge of town – the other side of the street is desert hills. This brings some creepy critters – last week was a dead tarantula… and snake season begins in May…should be fun for my son:) With the summer temperatures being 40+ degrees, we were very interested in a rental with a pool. I was super excited when we found one (as I grew up swimming and teaching it). However, I have since found out out how cold the pool is right now and how expensive it is to heat. I have now solved this issue by purchasing a triathlon wetsuit – I am getting in that water! I am certain that the neighbours will soon be calling me the “Crazy Canadian”:) I am hoping to do a triathlon but have not got into road biking yet…going to conquer running these hills and getting back in the water first:)

California is definitely appealing to my love of fresh, healthy and locally grown produce. I do have to say that I was somewhat surprised to find that a few things that I have taken for granted at home are a little more of a challenge to find here (i.e. I have gotten a few looks when asking about spelt flour). I have now found my favourite things though, just not all in one location. We have amazing resources in Calgary for healthy eating.

I am back in Calgary this week completely booked and SOOOO excited to get back to my business. More this week from the end of 2011!

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CIBC Run For the Cure10.03.11

I want to thank all of my teammates and our supporters for a very successful fundraising year.  Our team raised over $12,000 for breast cancer research.  18 of us ran or walked the 5km yesterday amongst thousands of other Canadians to raise $33 million in support of breast cancer research.  Yesterday definitely had a different feel then past years as this year we had a survivor on the team and raising money for research seemed so much more important.  I truly hope to see a future without breast cancer!

I have to mention how awesome Steph did as I know how any of my clients have asked about her and have been wishing her well.  Steph not only attended the race yesterday but participated…running (and beating me in:).

Thank you again everyone!

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6509.19.11

Today, my mum would have been 65.  I wish that she was here for us to throw her a party.  Although she would have said that she would not have wanted one because she never wanted anyone to fuss over her.  Funny, as she ALWAYS fussed over everyone else.  I wish she was here to see my kids (and to give me advice), I wish she was here to see my brother get married next month (she would be so proud), and I wish she was here to enjoy retirement with my dad.  I wish she was here…so we could fuss over her.

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Victoria09.01.11

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I went to visit my maternal grandparents in Victoria a few weeks ago.  Although I am pretty sure that they would not care to have pictures of themselves posted on my blog (despite the fact that at 89 and 90 they look fantastic!), I had to share some of the images of their gorgeous view and the peacefulness of the ocean.  The rose is planted outside my grandparents’ condo in memory of my mum.

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CIBC Run for the Cure | Calgary Photographer05.27.11

As many of you know, Tot Shots has sponsored a team for the CIBC Run for the Cure for the last couple of years in honour of my mum.  For the second year in a row, our team was recognized as one of Calgary’s top fundraising teams.  So, again, I thank all of my teammates and everyone who donated to this cause.  I am excited to do this again!

I recently learned that one of our teammates from the last two years was diagnosed with breast cancer – a young mom like most of us.  It has actually been a brutal couple of months as I have learned a number of people that are close to me have loved ones that have been affected by cancer.  This just makes me want to do more for this cause.  So I have set up the team again for 2011 and increased our goal to $10,000 (we raised over $8,500 last year) and I am kicking it off with a Social Series event this weekend to start raising funds in honour of my mum and of our teammate.  This Social Series event is the 5th in the series and the second focused on photography (based on last year’s response to this event).  Due to the response for the event this year, I will be hosting a second one in September.  A note will be sent out to clients in August with the details.

I invite you to join our team this year for the run/walk on Sunday, October 2nd – http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR/RunfortheCure2012/PrairiesNWT?px=1064204&pg=personal&fr_id=1294.  It is an amazing day for a great cause.  I look forward to working with you on this!

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