Laughing | Calgary Child Photographer04.06.11

This is the sound that I have been hearing a lot from my children as they are playing together (don’t let me fool you though…there are fighting sounds too:).  The throw-your-head back, fall-off-your-chair, belly laughs have definitely stood out  though as they have been enjoying each other’s company lately.  I must also add that many times it is as a result of toilet talk that they have incorporated into whatever they are playing together but other times they are just being silly and they think each other are hilarious.  I have snuck up and caught them on video to get the sound but I really wanted to capture it as a still as well.  I wanted to make sure that I could see their baby teeth as amazingly they both still have them and I wanted a simple dark backdrop so I dragged each of them into the studio last week during Spring Break.  I was also playing with B&W’s and I had to include a detail shot I love:)

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Mexico | Calgary Family Photographer03.30.11

Just a few vacation pictures from our annual trip to Mexico to see my in-laws.  It seems that we have not made enough trips to Saskatoon to see them as my daughter kept asking my mother-in-law “which room was Daddy’s when he was a little boy?”.  Very cute.

It was a wonderful trip filled with swimming, beach critter hunts, runs on the beach (without jellyfish incidents this year) and most importantly relaxing!  Here are a few pictures.

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I am hoping to have a new dive partner very soon:)

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My (disgusting) little dophin…amazing she did not get sick!

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What I am typically looking at with this one!

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One day (soon) there will be a decent picture of me.

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Just one for now | Calgary Family Photographer (in Mexico)03.20.11

This is a little treat for my mother-in-law from our trip to Mexico a few weeks ago. I know that she and my father-in-law are missing their grandchildren so had to share one. My daughter and mother-in-law have spent a bunch of time on the beach each year that we have visited them and concocted many pots of “soup”. This was one of their trips down to the water for “broth”. In case you are wondering, I shot this with my lensbaby. It had been awhile since I used it so decided that it was one of the two (yes, only two lens) that I would take this year.

I will share some more soon. It was so nice to get out and shoot for myself so I will definitely share a few more of the moments that I captured:)
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Love affair | Calgary photographer02.10.11

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with food! I have been tweeting and talking a lot about food and new things that I have been trying lately so thought that I would add it here too:) Anyone who knows me, knows I like food…good food. Which by my definition means fresh, colourful, tasty and healthy food. This love affair started back when I was little and my mum would take my brother and I to the grocery store. Once in awhile we were given money for a treat. My brother headed straight to the chocolate bar display and I would head promptly to the produce section and choose a new fruit or veggie that I had not yet tried. I understand that this is not normal and I am not certain as to where this came from. My mum cooked very healthy and prepared everything from scratch – junk food was rarely brought into our house…so you would think that I would head to the junk aisle when given the opportunity. Amazingly though, no – although don’t get me wrong…I enjoy a bag of Miss Vickie’s every so often:) I am super happy to say that this weird trait has rubbed off on my 4 year old. She is the child yelling through the grocery store…”We need cilantro…we need quinoa”. Proud mommy!

So with that background in place, I am constantly looking to tweak or better my diet (with diet I do not mean weight-loss program…I mean what I feed my family everyday). I particularly get more inclined or have more time to think about this at the start of each year. During the busy fall/Christmas season our diet suffers a bit and a refocus is required in the new year. This year, based on a lot of discussions with friends and clients about cancer and other diseases my interest has been focussed on the link between our diet and our health. So when I came across an interview with Kris Carr, the author of Crazy Sexy Diet, on Danielle Laporte blog (a blog that I love and follow on Twitter), I knew I had found something interesting – the title in itself is fun:). I promptly purchased the e-book and blasted through it. Now I have not gone full force vegan or even really scratched the surface of what Kris discusses but the few things that I have done are making me feel pretty good. For me, I was looking to easily add more greens and plant-based proteins to our diet and to eliminate some of the dairy and meat. After watching Food Inc last year, this has been on my mind and I have been slowly incorporating more vegetarian meals to our menu. My introduction of black bean burritos and sweet and sour lentils went over well in the fall so I have decided to up it a bit this year. There has been a lot of green drinks, smoothies and salads that I have trialling here over the past month and it is going well. The kids are enjoying some of them and I am LOVING how I feel. The change in my energy level (yes, even I can have more energy:) and even the change to my skin has been neat to see. It is amazing how many people lives are affected by life-threatening disease and it is hard to know what the variable is that has the biggest effect but I personally believe that what we nourish our bodies with goes a long way…even if it is just to feeling better (which may be half the battle). Since this is a photography blog…
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Give of Yourself | Calgary Family Photographer02.02.11

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I was honoured to work with this incredible and loving family a couple of weeks ago. This family was referred through my Give of Yourself program that I started 3 years ago on the first anniversary of my mum’s passing (February 5th). Their daughter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 4 years ago and needless to say the last four years have been extremely challenging for them. It is amazing to see the strength of faith and family shine through and I am honoured to be able to give this family a gift to capture their love and strength and funlovingness:) May your family continue on the road to recovery.
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