Category: my life

13 years ago, she walked into the room, said hello, sat on my lap and handed me a book to read...

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30May '18

13 years together, and she is still mine, and I am still hers - and today we celebrate her high school grad

13 years ago, she walked into the room, said hello, sat on my lap and handed me a book to read her. It's a moment that I will never forget. That is when I met Gabbie. I had been dating her dad and this was my first meet with his children. I remember it perfectly, she had a curiosity, a...

Ten years ago, I had called YANA to tell them I thought I could help them with their branding via...

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7Mar '18

So many pieces of heart - YANA Family 2018

Ten years ago, I had called YANA to tell them I thought I could help them with their branding via fresh photos, and we had a plan to meet. However, before we could sit down together, I had to cancel that meeting because our family, within that time, found ourselves in a situation where we needed...

When I started back to school for my masters program I rubbed my hands together in greedy...

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4Jul '17

I am happier at times, but let's be real, also a bit grumpier

When I started back to school for my masters program I rubbed my hands together in greedy anticipation of all the material it would garner for blog entries. My identity as a single mother, self-employed photographer and now grad student came with an overflowing basket of instagram material....

So this is my first week of school post. Appropriately two weeks late.  I start week one all...

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18May '17

Week 3 of school. Crazy making? Surviving and maybe thriving?

So this is my first week of school post. Appropriately two weeks late.  I start week one all set.  - fridge and freezer are stocked - house is clean - dog is groomed - work is caught up - very rested Three days into week one:  The house is a total mess. I am functioning at 30% because...

It started as a trip to Mexico, then morphed into a Rocky Mountain road tip, and evolved into an...

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25Mar '17
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In the green - Gabriola Island Getaway

It started as a trip to Mexico, then morphed into a Rocky Mountain road tip, and evolved into an easily attainable and meaningful Gabriola Island getaway. I go hard in life. That's my style. I am not one for balance (and I really wish everyone would stop saying it was necessary,) however, I am...

After days on the couch with the flu I arose today with relief – the force randomly and intensly...

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28Jan '17

Sad and in love, about awards and Trump- writing like no one is reading

After days on the couch with the flu I arose today with relief – the force randomly and intensly squeezing my gut and punching my head seems ready to exit. Truthfully though, it hasn’t been that bad. I don’t hit the couch often and used the time wisely with a dreamy companion. My daughter,...

I won!! I really did.. I think? maybe? OK...I am not so sure? Deadline is only 5 days away....

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15Jan '17
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Pretty sure I won

I won!! I really did.. I think? maybe? OK...I am not so sure? Deadline is only 5 days away. Friday night I sat down and started going through which images to enter in a national wedding photographer's competition. For this competition, each season you have the chance to compete, racking up...

    Despite my usual steadfast dedication to an early start to a productive...

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1Jan '17

A surprising way to start the year, a secret, and a book

    Despite my usual steadfast dedication to an early start to a productive first day of the year,  I started 2017 by sleeping until noon. And no, I did not tie one on the night before. I don't have any grandiose plans for doing things differently in 2017, but maybe this is...

It's year end post time - be witty, be deep, list all the highlights and do it all...

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31Dec '16

Year end post - writing like no one will read it

It's year end post time - be witty, be deep, list all the highlights and do it all genuinely. Sigh. That's too much for me. I started blogging in 2002. It was a fresh approach to marketing yourself and I committed, well, truthfully I kind of kicked-ass.  It was how we shared photos in the...

Confession time.  Despite a month filled with travel, nature, family time, good food, and killer...

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16Oct '16

Day off excitement: The way a circle kisses a line

Confession time.  Despite a month filled with travel, nature, family time, good food, and killer photoshoots with dynamic folks, these photos showcase one of the finest hours of my last 30 days. It started as a day off, with no big plans (my favorite kind these days,) that took me adventuring...

I get asked often how I balance the aspects of my life. Spoiler alert:  Occasionally I don't -...

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21Sep '16

When you turn to country music as punishment

I get asked often how I balance the aspects of my life. Spoiler alert:  Occasionally I don't - but, I keep perspective. Maintaining perspective is one of the most significant lessons as a business owner I have put into practice in the last two years. Fact 1: I want to provide great service to...

I just had a melt-down. I am working on a school assignment, the first one I am not enjoying. I...

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28Jul '16

I just had a total meltdown, but this helped

I just had a melt-down. I am working on a school assignment, the first one I am not enjoying. I read the words, and then I read them again. I moved from my school desk to the patio.  I tried again.  Still there is a piece I can't make sense of.  I can't walk away and come back to it tomorrow,...

The world of medical care is a place where I feel cushioned by gratitude. Since having critically...

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16Jun '16

St Joseph's Hospital Storytelling Photos

The world of medical care is a place where I feel cushioned by gratitude. Since having critically ill sick children, and then going on to tell their story in photos, as well as those of other children, the hospital for me is a place of safety and community. For the second time,  I joined St....

My family is of the variety that needs a flow-chart and there are sprigs of goodness in all...

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25Mar '16

Papa - spinning on his 85'th Birthday

My family is of the variety that needs a flow-chart and there are sprigs of goodness in all direction. When Papa joined our family, after winning my mom's heart, he was a welcome addition. An avid reader, a great conversationalist, a lover of family and an ability to put up with our ridiculousness...

FIRST - THIS IS WHAT I SAID IN MY NEWSLETTER  A few years ago I began a really deep journey of...

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20Mar '16

I sent a newsletter about the Body Shift Project & wow this came back

FIRST - THIS IS WHAT I SAID IN MY NEWSLETTER  A few years ago I began a really deep journey of shifting the way I saw my body. Honestly, it is thanks to my clients. As someone who photographs women regularly, both for their professional work images, for family photos and more relevantly,...

  Creating a new website is a haul. The first step - What do I want?  This can...

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10Mar '16

Most likely, I was a nightmare

  Creating a new website is a haul. The first step - What do I want?  This can actually be a hard question to answer. However, it was pretty clear this time around for me. I wasn't too bothered with trends, other than the importance of usability. I wanted people who came to my site...

Pay what you can week for portraiture and boudoir. Kind of crazy right? This makes the idea even...

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16Mar '15

Pay What you Can - Name Your Price week

Pay what you can week for portraiture and boudoir. Kind of crazy right? This makes the idea even more desirable to me. I just want everyone to be able to experience being photographed professionally, so I am going for it. I'll keep this blog post short. CLICK HERE to read the details and fill out...

I am long overdue for a blog post about a recent shift in my approach to exercise and well-being,...

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12Mar '15

Meg - adding to my well being - comox valley trainer

I am long overdue for a blog post about a recent shift in my approach to exercise and well-being, and I promise it will be forthcoming. But meanwhile, just roll with it as I jump in part way through my story. Recently Meg contacted me for some photographs for her personal training and health coach...

For eight years I have been volunteering with YANA Comox Valley. I picked up the phone eight years...

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4Mar '15

You Are Not Alone, - The quiet one

For eight years I have been volunteering with YANA Comox Valley. I picked up the phone eight years ago to call YANA Comox Valley , "I think I can help you," I said. I had a vision of putting a face behind the stories of the many people who benefit from their, and thus this communities, support....

Selah and I have been heading to Vancouver almost weekly for an appointment and sometimes, by the...

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17Feb '15

Filling myself back up

Selah and I have been heading to Vancouver almost weekly for an appointment and sometimes, by the time we get to the ferry home, we are a little rough around our sensitive edges. Yesterday, we pulled up early. With her being now 12 years old, I can leave her in the car, (as she is on crutches,) and...

I am someone who resides in a place of gratitude, my rose colour glasses are never far  and often...

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1Jan '15

2014 you packed a punch, but I still laughed

I am someone who resides in a place of gratitude, my rose colour glasses are never far  and often stay stubbornly on, even when the sun is gone. But 2014, I wasn't a fan. As I sit here with my morning coffee, (for which I am very grateful,) scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at comments of...

  I am off today to China and Tibet, to teach a photography workshop. Yes, you are correct....

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6Oct '14

Off to the yaks - Tibet photo workshop

  I am off today to China and Tibet, to teach a photography workshop. Yes, you are correct. It is going to be incredible. The workshop is facilitated artfully and beautifully through Extravagant Yak, incredible people with buckets of knowledge and heart. When I am back we will be...

My kid. I miss her. She is at camp. This photos is helping me...

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8Aug '14

This Kid

My kid. I miss her. She is at camp. This photos is helping me...