Never know what you are going to get01.18.14

When I was pulling pictures of the puppy, I came across these.  Seriously, you never know what you are going to get with this one.  Love her…so much!calgary family photographercalgary family photographercalgary family photographer

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Introducing Jax01.15.14

I wanted to formally go back and introduce the new addition to our family, Jackson.  As many of you know, it was hard for our family to lose our yellow lab at the end of 2012.  We are very much a “dog family” and there was a void for most of 2013:(.  Fortunately the stars aligned and Jackson (Jax) was born in September and arrived at our house in November.  Needless to say, life has been a little hectic since…thus the reason for me not sharing as many client sessions or personal images here.  Thankfully I am headed into a little slower time in the business and can get caught up on a few things:).  So here are a few (gazillion) photos of our new family member:).

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He sleeps with his head hanging off the bed:).

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He has acquired a taste for palm trees and roses.

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Training is going well:)calgary family photographer

The reason his nickname has been “Bitey”…we have already gone through one dog bed and have had many clothes fall victim to his pin teeth!

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Already grown out of being a lapdog:(calgary family photographer

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Her outfit makes me laugh here so had to include…pretty sure it was not raining this day!

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Reminder09.23.13

I have been trying to decide if I would share this or not.  I am fairly private when it comes to my personal life but since this is a cause that I am so directly involved with that I feel that it is important as a reminder.  I recently had to have a biopsy on my breast following a suspect area on my mammogram.  Fortunately all turned out just fine!  Yeah!!

Obviously this process was a bit scary as my mum passed away from the disease 6.5 years ago and so emotion came with that fear and my children did see me upset a couple of times over the last few weeks.  Being the realist I am, I was upfront with them about what was going on.  The day after the biopsy I was sore and moving a little slower than normal, which is definitely not a side of me that my children usually witness:).  My son showed up after school with a half- eaten doughnut that he had saved from a classmate’s birthday celebration.  He had mentioned to his classmates that his mom had to have a portion of her breast taken off and this was to help her feel better.  So since the fourth grade class knows, I might was well share here too.  We will definitely have to work on what is shareable info at school.:). But so sweet and compassionate, that I couldn’t help but smile.  My daughter did have to chime in during all of this, “mom doesn’t eat doughnuts”…and I don’t typically but I did that day:)
Early detection is important so please make sure you take time out of your schedules to remember to have yourself checked.  I am thankful that I am not having to continue through anymore of the process and can focus completely on fall shoots!  Will be sharing lots soon – beyond this iPhone picture:).

 

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my book09.10.13

So I had mentioned earlier in the year that I would be putting together a coffee table book for myself of my favourite images from last year.  Well I did…back in June and I have not shared it.  I thought that I would share mine to get you thinking about what to do with your pictures.  I do this for my in-laws each year but had not done one for myself until this year.  I will be going back to tell the story of each year for myself (after busy season now:).  I am so glad I finally did this.  Narrowing down was definitely most difficult part (thankfully my images are very organized:).  This year I am trying to be a bit more forward thinking and putting the favourites from the month in a favourites folder that I will be able to use at the end of the year for both my book and my in-laws (and, yes, I am already behind a few months:).

The company that I used for these was Blurb as their book making software is super simple.  This year I used their templates but next year will do my own so that composition and page spacing is optimized (this is not necessary…I am just picky).  I did upgrade the paper as well so that it can withstand a lot of viewing.  You can easily add text if you like.  I printed 2 copies when I completed so that each of my children have one later…I expect that one will be more tattered than the other but we will just call it loved:).

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The reason | Calgary Family Photographer08.21.13

I mentioned yesterday the reason that we could not swim with the sharks yet and then came across this image which depicts exactly the reason why.  This child spends more time below the surface than above the surface of the water…not helpful with a snorkel.  May have to get her into Synchro classes…or scuba:)

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