San Diego | Calgary Family Photographer08.20.13

We tossed around a lot of ideas for vacation this year…road trip around California, back to Canada, something more adventurous,… but what we realized was that we needed to all be in the same place together and not traveling.  Both of us spend a fair amount of time on the road now and so it was so nice to relax in one place for a week together.  We all love San Diego for all that it offers…cooler weather but still sunny, surf, beach, aquariums, food, and the boardwalk making everything easily accessible…and it is only 2 hours from Redlands.

We had made an activity list before we left which became the “play hard” list as there were a lot of activities that we wanted to jam in…we are not very good at relaxing:).  Things on the list were surfing, paddle boarding, scooter/long boarding, running on the boardwalk, going to the birch aquarium, sea world, zoo, safari park,…  We did almost everything on our list.  One thing that will have to carry over to a future list after the little one improves her snorkel skills is swimming with the leopard sharks at la jolla.

We even finally had family pictures done – YEAH!!   And good thing as I did not seem to take as many pictures and there still isn’t any of me doing anything:).  Here are a few of what I did take though.  Hope everyone has been having or has had a fantastic summer!!

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Supporting the CIBC Run for the Cure | Calgary Photography07.18.13

As I mentioned a few months ago, I will not be setting up a Tot Shots team for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Calgary this year:(.  I could not be away for 3 weekends in a row from my children so the timing was not going to work this year.  It is more difficult to run a team (and do the best job possible) from afar so it is one of the things that I had to let go of this year.  It does not mean though that I will not be running that day cuz I definitely will be!!  Also, I will be supporting in other ways that I can.  I told Steph, the survivor on our team, that I would do marketing pictures for whatever team she decided to start or be a part of.  She decided to join forces with a few of her good friends, fellow survivors and support system to form the team “Breast Friends Forever”.  The inspiration of strength, courage and friendship that I witnessed from this shoot and working with these girls together was fantastic.  They are truly amazing and are going on to share their stories in a number of different ways to inspire women.  Steph, Jenn and Heather, thank you for letting me capture some of the images of support and strength for you.  Jenn has written some of each of their stories on the the CIBC website here.

If you have allocated money to support me this year, I would love if you would support them instead.  Thank you to everyone that has supported me in the past.

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Rock and Roll | Calgary/California Family Photographer06.03.13

If someone had told me 5 years ago when I started running that I would love it as much as I do now, I probably would have called them crazy:).  I started running to raise money for the CIBC Run for the Cure and that was it…just a 5 km run which at that time seemed to be a big goal:).  This past year when a client mentioned participating in the Rock and Roll San Diego 1/2 marathon, I thought about it for a few months…tried to increase the distance that I had been running – got a running watch cuz I had never timed or tracked how far I ran:).  Then in January decided it was something I thought was achievable and signed up for it.  I mapped out my 12 week training schedule and got to work (there was more than 12 weeks when I signed up but I got sick and then procrastinated…so when it actually got down to the 12 weeks I got serious).  Training was going really well until about week 4 or 5 when I started having issues with my leg stemming from an old hip injury.  This put a bit of a damper on training…and the longest run that I had done to that point was 10 miles.  So off I went to physio and active release treatments to try to fix it up.  Although it helped a bit, I did not get back to running beyond 8 miles without it seizing up.  And I had always done a run/walk combo (the heat and hills in Redlands can be a bit killer for this Canadian prairies girl:).  Anyway, long story short, last week I fully expected that I would be hobbling across the finish line mid afternoon (race started at 6:45 am).  Amazingly, this was not the case.  I ran the entire race and felt pretty good doing it.  I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 8 minutes (I had nothing to compare it to, other than googling women’s average half marathon time and seeing 2:20).  Don’t know what it was that pushed me through – the amazing people that I saw running for their loved ones who had lost their battle to leukaemia/lymphoma, the people that I know that are battling this disease right now, the people that were running all around me, the fear that if I stopped running I would not get started again, my competitive nature or a combo of a lot of things.  Whatever it was, it reaffirmed that it is mind over matter!  Now I won’t lie and say I am not suffering a bit today but am sure that I will feel fine soon:).  I am pretty sure that I will be participating in a few more of these as well as some 10k’s because I work well with goals…and I like the side effect of feeling and looking pretty fit again:).  BTW, sorry for the terrible picture.  I did not bother taking my phone out of arm band holder before taking a picture:)california family photographer

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Just a year | Calgary/California Family Photographer05.09.13

calgary family photographyI am just going through my April pictures to narrow down my favourites and these two from Joshua Tree park made me think of this time last year.  I always do a Mother’s Day shoot (I will be this weekend) because I would have for my mum.  I had not realized how much my children changed this year until I saw these.  I knew they had changed but wow!!.  They are looking so mature (although my son’s stern look is due to squinting because I made him take his glasses off so I could see his eyes;).  And the fact that the little one was making noises with her mouth is a reminder they are still kids:) More soon.

 

 

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Sugar | Calgary/California Photographer…and foodie:)05.08.13

So this has nothing to do with photography but a thought I would put it up here anyway cuz I am a wee bit proud of my kids for it:).  Last week the kids and I put together a sugar display for a fitness event at school…it was something that we had seen at our school in Calgary and it had a huge impact on the kids there so thought it would be fun to do here.  If you know me or even follow my blog, you probably know I am a bit of a health and food nut.  I always have been but am even more so now as I feed my family and teach my children about nourishing their bodies with amazing foods to produce the most amount of energy.

Although we do not purchase a lot of processed foods, we have always had to be aware of nutritional information labelling on the ones we do because of allergies.  So it is has always been second nature for my children to de-code the labels.  The visual display makes it really easy to see how much sugar is hidden in a lot of foods (even ones we think might be good choices).  I am by no means an expert in this area but do definitely find it interesting.  If you are interested, the documentary “Hungy for Change” provides more information on sugar and artificial sweeteners and their effects.  My husband even benefitted from the movie, despite my years of telling him about how bad aspartame is, this movie finally hit home to him and he abruptly stopped drinking diet pop (soda):).

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