Archive for Mar 2009

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March 31, 2009 Water Only

A couple of years ago, I read Madi the information about the child we support through World Vision and she was appalled (at age 4) to hear that there are people in the world without clean water. Immediately she wanted to do something – and started to sell bottles of water to raise money for “Saudi” to have clean water (the much shortened nickname of our World Vision child). We didn’t keep the blog up but you can see some of it here – LINK

I don’t know when we lose the feeling of shock when we hear things like people do not have clean water. I find I learn so much through my children – and one thing Madi has taught me is to feel deeply and the beautiful empathy she extends.

So, off the topic for a moment (it ties in!) the other day I proposed the idea to my family that for the month of April we go TV free and internet free (for games and just randomly surfing the net). We have never been big TV watchers or played a lot of games, but slowly we’ve started watching more and more… Suddenly whenever Mark and I have a night home together instead of playing a game or talking, we’re watching a movie. Or the girls will be home and instead of employing their incredible imaginations they’re playing a computer game. So today is our last day – still have to figure out the ground rules for this trial!

As I posted this computer/TV free idea on Twitter and Facebook, I had an interesting comment from Cait. Cait, a friend and her fiancee are drinking only water for 40 days starting April 1st for as a fundraiser for blood water mission . So at supper last night I told my family about what Cait was doing and everyone wanted to do it also! We explained to the kids that meant no juice boxes in their lunch, no punch at Easter dinner, no chocolate milk… and still they agreed. We agreed to do it for one month – for one month we would only drink water and will save the money from what we would have spent on drinks.

To be honest, I think I’ll have the hardest time. I can not make it to 10am without a Diet Coke. Now to make it a month?

So – April I may be a bit grouchy as I face TV/Internet days with only water to drink. Or, and this is my hope, I may find a new zest for life!

March 30, 2009 Paul & Simone

My brother-in-law Paul is marrying Simone in a few weeks. Yay! A new sister-in-law for me! These two had come over to our house in January and we had done a five minute photo shoot out in the freezing cold after supper, but we decided to meet up this past Saturday while I was in Toronto to do some more photos. I just got to say – Simone is going to be one stunning bride!

First thing that caught my eye was this stairwell at the parking lot we met at…

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Then we were off to find some nature… turned out to be behind a subway station of all places!

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I think this is my fave…

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Then as we walked back to the car had to stop for some cool night time shots!

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So looking forward to your day in May!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

March 30, 2009 My baby girl…

I cry at pretty much every single wedding. And the thing that gets me every time is the relationship between parent and child… more specifically mom and daughter. I remember one wedding where the mom got up to make her speech, looked at the bride and said in a hushed voice, “Oh my baby girl…” I lost it. (Fortunately I’ve learned to shoot through the tears!)

As a mom of two young girls, I catch glimpses of what I want twenty some odd years from now. A big part of my job is observing… so when I get the opportunity to witness mothers and daughters who have made the move from family to friends or who take time to speak words of love and support into each other’s lives or who simply “get” each other… well, it’s beautiful.

This weekend I had a great assignment! I photographed Bryce’s tux fitting – along with his groomsmen and the males in the family. And then I went to Katie’s wedding dress fitting with the girls of the wedding. I can’t post these photos as I don’t want Bryce or Katie to see any glimpses before their Big Day in June… but I want to tell you it was an amazing experience! I loved being able to get to know their tight group of loved ones before the wedding. And to see how everyone interacts and… so fun!

But what really did it for me was when Katie walked out of the change room in her gown. Now, I have met Katie on one other occasion and she’s great. But I was not prepared to be moved emotionally by the transformation from jeans to princess.

When she stepped out, and I looked over at mom… you guessed it. I started to cry. Mom started crying while beaming at the same time. I can only imagine the mix of emotions – the joy, the realization your baby girl is in fact grown up, the pride… mom’s reaction was beautiful. I loved seeing them hold hands and just share in the moment.

I had to tell you about my weekend experience – I’ll post photos from the shoot when they’re wedding arrives in June!

Just a reminder – if you want a “cancer sucks” shirt to support the Canadian Cancer Society and anyone you know who is facing cancer… the cut off is March 31st!

LINK

March 27, 2009 Call me Martha

I love crafts. I love crafty people. What I realllly love is when someone takes something that looks like nothing and makes something beautiful out of it. I want to be Martha Stewart – just a whole lot more relaxed and fun. ha ha!

Let me introduce my new love…. Design Sponge (warning – you may become addicted).

On their site I saw this awesome wedding backdrop that was made for wedding photos at an outdoor wedding – love the texture. And the chandelier – yes!

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So fun!! I always pictured an outdoor wedding – casual and fun… (instead I got married at Christmas!) KC & Sara’s wedding looks a lot like what I wanted! Love it!

March 25, 2009 Miracle of Today

Wow – I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging! My apologies blog world! March Break + sick kids last week did not leave me much time I’m afraid. But, I survived March Break with sanity in tact – hallelujah!

One of my mom’s aunts passed away today – she had lived a long, good life and had been fighting sickness too hard and long these past months. In the email informing us she passed away her daughter included this quote I loved and thought I would simply come here to blog land to share this:

Albert Einstein said “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

March 15, 2009 Chick Mix

You may remember awhile back I blogged about a new community my good friend Sandra and I had started called “Chick Clicks” – a place for professional women photographers to encourage and inspire each other. Yesterday was our first workshop through Chick Clicks… and although nervous it turned out to be a great day!!! There were ten ladies from as far as Barrie, Sarnia, Grand Bend, Stratford, Kitchener, and more. Got to say ten is the perfect number as it gave everyone a chance to talk and be part of the conversation, but also not too few to be awkward for the more shy of participants. We talked a lot about identity, business, workflow and then we did a photo shoot. Since we talked about not everyone needs to shoot everything and finding what makes you unique and that you love to do… we wanted a variety in models – a couple, a maternity shoot and a mother and daughter. I lent out my camera so I just grabbed a couple shots at the very end but here’s a few for you to enjoy!

It was a great day with some great new friends – I love our Chick Clicks community!

The always lovely, and talented Kathy (she’s a great photographer too!)

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Remember these two cuties? This is Kathryn and Aaron… coming up on one year of marriage!

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And my gorgeous new friend Anjanette and her beautiful daughter Hannah took time out of their mommy-daughter date to come model!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

March 12, 2009 Cancer Sucks Part 2

So my last post (Cancer Sucks) has had lots of feedback – thank you for all the emails, messages and kind words. That means so much to all of us! Seriously! It has been so cool to see my parent’s church support them too – my dad has had a team of people volunteer to drive him in each day (it’s an hour drive each way for his ten minute radiation treatment)…. I think he’s secretly hoping to mooch some free lunch off the volunteers.

Just to update you – dad is fine. Actually – mom has been feeling sick, she says it’s like when men have sympathy labour pains for women. I tell her she’s just trying to make sure dad doesn’t get all the attention. But seriously, he hasn’t felt any side effects yet and is still going strong! He popped in for a visit today – wearing his CANCER SUCKS shirt (remember – you can buy one for yourself. All proceeds go to the Cancer Society!! I’ve had lots of people saying they would love one – not realizing they’re available for sale).

Anywho – here’s a couple pics of the old guy…. got to love him.

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March 10, 2009 Cancer Sucks

Just before Christmas I got a call from my mom that they had found that dad has the “c” word. You say “cancer” and people freak. I’ll admit – I bawled (in front of my kids and then tried to assure them everything was good – rookie move). I mean this is my dad – my hero! My sister works at the cancer clinic in KW and my hubby is a “male nurse” as we affectionately call him, so they explained to me that dad’s in a good spot – he has prostate cancer but because he has a family history he is checked regularly and it was caught early. Prostate cancer is also the most treatable cancer if detected early. So – update is we’re not panicking, and dad’s going to be good.

If you’re a close friend and you’re wondering why you’re just hearing about this – well, at first dad didn’t really want people knowing. I mean we have story upon story of dad crash landing his planes, being mugged in foreign countries and so on – and never telling anyone or making a big deal out of it because someone may worry. But – he married my mother. ha ha. If you know her – enough said. Mom is like me – an open book. So, now everyone knows!

Today dad started his radiation treatments. Thing he’s most bummed about is having to drive into town (an hour each way) for radiation when he could be working on the airplane he’s building. Typical of my dad.

But cancer does suck. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way. We’re feeling blessed that we caught this early – but we have heard so many tales of people who were not so fortunate. And as a member of Smiling Eyes, I have had the opportunity to document the journeys of people as they face cancer head on.

My family faces everything with a healthy dose of faith and humour. We’re blessed to have churches and friends who support us. We’re also blessed to be able to laugh through adversity – and so, we had these shirts made up for dad and the rest of us that simply say “Cancer sucks”.

When I mentioned this on Facebook in my status the other day I had a few requests from people who wanted to buy a “Cancer Sucks” shirt also. So… here’s your chance. To purchase your own shirt click HERE – got to say, it’s sure a conversation starter. I will be making ZERO profit off of the shirts – all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. I’ll be selling these for the month of March and will ship out at the end of March when all orders are compiled.

Here’s my fancy glamour shot… ha ha… maybe I’ll get a better shot – where I brush my hair and don’t use self timer. ha ha

(click on the shirt to be re-directed to a site to purchase… currently the thumbnails aren’t showing up for the shirts – but just click on the “thumbnail” and it’ll direct you until I fix this error)


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March 10, 2009 Cancer Sucks

Just before Christmas I got a call from my mom that they had found that dad has the “c” word. You say “cancer” and people freak. I’ll admit – I bawled (in front of my kids and then tried to assure them everything was good – rookie move). My sister works at the cancer clinic in KW and my hubby is a “male nurse” as we affectionately call him, so they explained to me that dad’s in a good spot – he has prostate cancer but because he has a family history he is checked regularly and it was caught early. Prostate cancer is also the most treatable cancer if detected early. So – update is we’re not panicing, and dad’s going to be good.

If you’re a close friend and you’re wondering why you’re just hearing about this – well, at first dad didn’t really want people knowing. I mean we have story upon story of dad crash landing his planes, being mugged in foreign countries and so on – and never telling anyone or making a big deal out of it because someone may worry. But – he married my mother. ha ha. If you know her – enough said. Mom is like me – an open book. So, now everyone knows!

Today dad started his radiation treatments. Thing he’s most bummed about is having to drive into town (an hour each way) for radiation when he could be working on the airplane he’s building. Typical of my dad.

But cancer does suck. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way. We’re feeling blessed that we caught this early – but we have heard so many tales of people who were not so fortunate. And as a member of Smiling Eyes, I have had the opportunity to document the journeys of people as they face cancer head on.

My family faces everything with a healthy dose of faith and humour. We’re blessed to have churches and friends who support us. We’re also blessed to be able to laugh through adversity – and so, we had these shirts made up for dad and the rest of us that simply say “Cancer sucks”.

When I mentioned this on Facebook in my status the other day I had a few requests from people who wanted to buy a “Cancer Sucks” shirt also. So… here’s your chance. I’m just getting set up a spot (check back in an hour) where you can purchase your own shirt – got to say, it’s sure a conversation starter. I will be making ZERO profit off of the shirts – all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. I’ll be selling these for the month of March and will ship out at the end of March when all orders are compiled.

Here’s my fancy glamour shot… ha ha… maybe I’ll get a better shot – where I brush my hair!

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