For my mum |Calgary Family Photographer05.13.12

She would have loved watching them grow into the amazing little people they have become.  A few from last week:)  Happy Mother’s Day!

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This grosses me out…especially seeing how many mice and lizards I have pulled out of the pool.
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I love this one even though it is not technically very good.calgary famly photographer12He is helping her with homework:)

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Huntington Beach | California Family Photographer03.12.12

My family finally made the trip to the beach a few weekends ago.  We had been so busy getting settled and with me away for three of the weekends that we had not been able to get out and do anything fun as a family.  So off we went!  I chose the beach that was closest to where we live – 1 hour away.  I have since learned from the locals that there are so many others I should have picked.  Funny as a Canadian, I am not too picky about a beach…this had everything I was looking for water, sand, wind, two happy kids who love the beach as much as me and a pier (the longest pier into the Pacific actually):)  I will be sure to check out the rest though too – knowing it can only get better.

Part of the reason for posting these is to share with a client that is coming down at the beginning of April and we are meeting for a beach session.  I just wanted to show her a few things.  Also, I am in Calgary right now and missing my kids like crazy so it seemed like the perfect thing to blog:)  The bottom right hand picture is my favourite – it just screams fun, free, new adventure and exploration to me!  That will definitely be a big canvas in my house soon!  It has been an awesome few days in Calgary and I will have a ton more to share soon!

I will be in San Diego for 2 weeks in July if your family would like to consider something like this for your session this year.

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The little things | Calgary Family Photographer02.14.12

As I mentioned previously, I am making time to appreciate and take in all the little things.  Most importantly to document them.  This is how I remember – through pictures.  I came across this image as I was quickly going through images of the last few months (again).  This image says a lot to me.  My “three” children, my empty house, the feeling of things being a bit unsettled and at the same time children’s ability to adapt (definitely better than mine:).  I am INCREDIBLY thankful for the opportunities that we have been given as a family and I am doing my best to enjoy EVERY.SINGLE. MOMENT.

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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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