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Sep 05 / 2018

I feel like “self-care” is almost a taboo word in some circles, though with more recent articles and movements it’s becoming more socially acceptable and less “selfish”.  I find that I can be good at self-care with the small things in life, which keep me afloat, but I struggle with the bigger things that ultimately […]

August 2018 | 365 Project Favourites | Self Care Thoughts

Aug 03 / 2018

I’ve started and stopped, and then started over with this blog post both physically and mentally more than once now.  I’m all for being real on social media, but how real is too real?  For those of you that know me in real life, you know that I have very little filter.  If you ask, […]

July Favourites and Let’s Talk About Mental Health

May 31 / 2018

May was a very long month and I felt like I was shooting to meet my daily quota vs. because I wanted to a lot of the time, but that’s to be expected now and again during the course of a year-long project.  It’s also to be expected when you have a barely 2-year old, […]

May 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Apr 30 / 2018

Every time I go to do a monthly highlight post I remember how thankful I am that I’m doing this project – even in the midst of the “hard”.  I’m on my 4th pregnancy in 3 years and it’s taking a toll on my body and my hormones.  My days are filled with lots of:  […]

April 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Mar 31 / 2018

I’m not going to lie – March was exhausting for me.  I don’t know what was wrong, but it was either low iron, first-trimester tiredness to the extreme, or who knows what.  But most of the month I spent on the couch, often struggling to catch my breath after walking across the room, and barely […]

March 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Feb 28 / 2018

February is often viewed as a more dreary month and it can be a struggle to find inspiration, to find beauty in the everyday.  But I think the added challenge of being cooped up indoors helped me to really be deliberate about what I wanted to capture.  It helped me hone in on what makes […]

February 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Jan 31 / 2018

This year will be my third 365 project (one photo a day for each day of the year) and hopefully my second complete one!  I’m doing it with a fabulous group of women for encouragement and accountability, and some of us will be doing a blog circle together at the end of each month where […]

January 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Dec 21 / 2017

I have to admit that I wasn’t really feeling like doing my last DITL post for the year, but having successfully kept up with one per month for the rest of 2017, it would be a shame not to finish!  I chose a Sunday together for this post as we were planning on taking a […]

December 2017 DITL (Day In The Life) | Sunday Whistler Adventures

Nov 25 / 2017

A lot of my DITL posts have been to remember special occasions – family holidays, Thanksgiving, weekends together, etc.  It has been a while since I did one that is just my every day life as a working mom of two young boys during the week.  In some ways those might be considered the more […]

November 2017 DITL (Day In The Life) | Thursday

Nov 04 / 2017

Thanksgiving morning started very early on my way to a shoot with the most beautiful sunrise and fog spreading across the fields.  I grabbed us some coffees and headed over to the river which we found was still blanketed in fog that made for some very cool photos!  After the shoot was over, I headed […]

October 2017 DITL (Day In The Life) | Thanksgiving

Oct 08 / 2017

I’m running a little behind on posting my personal DITL projects since we are in the heart of family photo season over here, but I thought Thanksgiving weekend seemed like the perfect time to step back from work a little bit and spend some time focusing on my own family, both in my editing and […]

September 2017 DITL (Day In The Life)

Sep 24 / 2017

To the overachieving, world-conquering, (possibly also holding down a job) mama, stop.  You need to know something.  You need to know that YOU are ENOUGH.  Read that slowly.  You, yes, YOU, are enough.  You are doing okay.  You are doing more than okay.  Because it really has nothing to do with “doing”.  It has to […]

Super mom – hang up your cape and chill.

Sep 05 / 2017

I was raised to think of vacations as rather frivolous, but I have to admit that after all the trips we’ve taken together, the memories really are worth the money.  That being said, we did upgrade our housing situation and have 2 babies less than 15 months apart in the last bit, so we won’t […]

August 2017 DITL (Day In The Life) | Vacation!

Jul 23 / 2017

July has been nick-named “solo parenting month” because out of the 31 days, Daddy is away for approximately 17 of them between four separate trips to various camps to make promotional videos and a weekend tournament event.  At the time that I’m writing this there are only two more days and one more overnight to […]

DITL – July 2017 | Solo Parenting Month

Jul 01 / 2017

Sometimes I wish I could hire myself to properly document our days.  The photographer in me cringes at the mixed lighting, out-of-focus shots, and sometimes total lack of creativity that these “DITL” posts end up with.  But there’s grace.  I am not shooting these for everyone else.  I am shooting these for me.  And it […]

June DITL (Day In The Life) | Fathers’ Day

May 26 / 2017

My day doesn’t really “end” when I have a newborn who is up constantly all night long, but if I had to “start” Wednesday’s day-in-the-life post off at a specific time, I would start it with this sweet face.  Levi has been fussy around 5:30/6:00am lately and Nick gets up with Micah at 7:00, so I […]

DITL – May 2017 | Wednesday

May 08 / 2017

I was looking forward to doing April’s DITL (Day In The Life) on Easter Sunday as a new family of four, but I wasn’t expecting our fourth member to show up 5 days after his latest EDD – estimated delivery date – (read: shooting two days after giving birth), so it’s a little cobbled together, […]

April DITL | Easter Weekend, A Birth Story

Mar 24 / 2017

“We have to stop thinking that anything less than perfect is failure.  We have to choose grace for ourselves and our abilities.  Because the minute we decide we’re going to stop being defined by what we don’t get done and instead take pride in what we are able to achieve, grace lets truth win and […]

DITL (Day in the Life) – March 2017 | Sick Days…

Mar 01 / 2017

“Because, friend, even if you are on top of it when it comes to cleaning and organizing, even if you haven’t related to one sentence of my stories about laundry-filled couches, even if you can’t stand clutter and your house is always put together, I want you to hear me say this:  The messy areas […]

DITL (Day In The Life) – February 2017

Jan 09 / 2017

Once a month, for 2017, it’s my goal to do a day-in-the-life post to document our year and the changes within it.  The moments that seem boring or ordinary now, I know I will want to remember down the road.  You think you will remember it all, but you don’t even remember most of it. […]

DITL (Day In The Life) – January 2017

Apr 04 / 2016

I can’t believe it’s already April!  At the same time, as I look back over my daily photos for the last month, some of them seem like they were taken ages ago now.  Anyway, here is March together as a family of three! WEEK ONE: The first week of March was full of taking care […]

March – 366

Mar 23 / 2016

I have always loved “Day In The Life” posts. They’re like little windows where you can see into a whole new world of someone living a completely different life. It’s kind of like reality t.v. for the photography world! In fact, I was so intrigued by the idea that I did one back in August 2015. […]

A Day In The Life (of balancing work and motherhood)

Jan 01 / 2015

You know what makes writing a New Year’s post easier?  Having your entire year documented daily in photographs!  I feel like 2014 was a big year for our family.  We started the year with a lot of new beginnings:  New business.  New job for Nick.  New direction in life.  We enjoyed having more time than […]

2014 in Review

Oct 14 / 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, I started a new project at work and we had two days of orientation.  I’ll be working at a different location every Tuesday and Wednesday from this month onward until, at the very least, next Summer, helping test new software for the hospitals.  I’m excited for both the change in task and […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 280 – 286)

Sep 30 / 2014

I think I post about “adventures” a lot.  I call them adventures because I’m pretty easily amused and even going to the grocery store counts as an adventure to me.  An adventure, in my mind, is anything that is different or out of the ordinary.  Anything that isn’t working or sleeping.  But in my eagerness […]

Ordinary Days and Adventures

Sep 11 / 2014

  Friday, my husband took me on The Most Amazing surprise date!  I won’t elaborate more here as I wrote an entire blog post just about the awesome experience, and if you’re interested, you can check it out HERE. Saturday I was hired to shoot my very first Romanian baptism.  I read a little about it […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 247 – 252: Summer Adventure Recaps)

Sep 11 / 2014

Sometime in the Spring of this year, Nick and I were sitting in a restaurant lobby waiting for seating for Wing Wednesday.  We were talking about how last year we didn’t get to do anything fun really because of the work hours we kept.  We were talking about how we wanted this year to be […]

End of Summer Date

Aug 22 / 2014

It’s still August.  It’s still Summer.  But it’s changing.  The light is disappearing noticeably faster each day.  It’s taking on its Autumn-gold tinge too early.  I swear I saw my first red leaf yesterday boldly announcing that school buses will soon be retracing familiar paths and Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be gracing office desks. The […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 232 – Summer’s End)

Aug 05 / 2014

Last week Nick offhandedly mentioned that the summer camp we both worked at together ages ago asked him to go over and spend a couple days shooting a video for them, and they offered that I could come along as well.  Since Nick works Saturdays and I had used up all my holidays at work […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 215 – 216: Island Adventures)

Aug 03 / 2014

Thursday, around 8pm, we packed up the car with some snacks, an air mattress, camera gear, and a computer pre-loaded with a movie to watch.  I took Friday off work, so I knew we could stay out late.  We headed West to drive along the ocean to find a good location to see the stars. […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 212 – 214: Star Gazing)

Aug 02 / 2014

Ever since I moved down to the coast just over 5 years ago, we have had a summer tradition of going to  one night of the Festival of Lights, which is an international fireworks competition held in our city.  We did miss last year due to the craziness, but we’re back on track this year […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 211: Festival of Lights)

Jul 22 / 2014

Just for fun, I’m not going to post a picture today.  Nick is finishing up my June recital DVDs for the kiddos.  I won’t post all of them, but here’s one of a dear friend and myself playing one of my favourite pieces: The Dallas Tango by David Karp  (Password, if required, = “Laura”):

A Little Video – Dallas Tango

Jul 03 / 2014

Yesterday, Nick and I decided to play tourist in our own city.  He has lived here for 7 years and I have lived here for 5, and yet we have never done much that is truly “Vancouver”.  We were either always too broke or too busy.  This year has been a year of finding a […]

Aquarium, Sea Wall, and Fireworks (Canada Day)

Jul 01 / 2014

I think there are two dangers in blogging, or sharing through any form of social media really.  I think there’s the danger of publicly declaring every emotion that pulls at your heart.  I’m bored.   I’m upset.  I’m frustrated.  I’m angry.  I’m hurt.  Etc.  And there’s also the danger of portraying your life as some […]

Behind the Scenes

Jun 24 / 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, I may have set a record for how late we ate dinner.  Actually, scratch that.  (We ate dinner at 11:00pm last night).  Ironically, part of the reason for the delay was because I was working on this photograph.  I didn’t want to control my camera from my phone.  That would be too […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 168 – 173 with a LOT of extras!)