January 3, 2012 Year in Review

One thing I believe is that if I hope to photograph your life and love… I need to celebrate and live my life to the fullest! If I’m empty, stressed and neglecting my family – it will show in my photos of my clients. A piece of me goes into every image. What I value and cherish is what I strive to capture.

So as January creeps in – I sat back to look at 2011 on a personal level. I thought I’d share a quick year in review of my personal life…

January 2011…

I went to a great photography conference in Mystic, Connecticut with some of my favourite girlfriends. A great time of learning and laughing! ANd I had a great time exploring the sights of Connecticut for the first time!

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On the way home – we all went to New York City together. So fun!

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Then the gals went home, and I stayed by myself for a day before my family came up to join me. It was so fun to share NYC with my girls for the first time.

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ANd they even got to meet the Naked Cowboy in Times Square!

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February 2011….

We are very fortunate to have Mark’s parents winter in Florida – so we try to o down each year to visit! They spoiled the girls again by taking us to Disney as part of our Christmas gift!

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I also flew out to Northwest Ontario for a winter wedding. Was fun to get on snowmobiles for an engagement shoot!

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March 2011…

We saw lots of snow! We love tobogganning in our back yard and playing in the snow!

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April 2011…

One of my highlights of the year for sure was a trip to Haiti to volunteer in an orphanage. I went along with my sister, my good friend Jodi and her mom. Life changing experience!

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We started to thaw out from a VERY long, cold winter and looked forward to hanging out in our treefort and yard. This photo was taken April 27…

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And this was taken the very next day after a wicked storm! As bad as it was – after being in Haiti days before – it didn’t seem so major!

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May 2011…

Spring may be my favourite season – after cold days, to see signs of life and warm temperatures!

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June 2011…

We made a big family trip that we all loved! We went to Iceland as a family for a week with my sister and a good friend of mine. It’s very hard to choose a couple favourites from this trip – I can not recommend Iceland enough! Such a magical place!

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Summer 2011…

We had a great summer of nothing-ness! Enjoying sunshine, friends, camping, and life!

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And Eden turned 7 – celebrating with a “Christmas in July” party!

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And our family grew with our pet goat Juliette (unfortunately she ran away/disappeared late Fall/Winter… we really miss her!)

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September 2011….

Back to school! The girls love school and got great teachers – they were eager to get back!

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Madison turned 9 – and asked for a surprise party with family. She was really surprised!

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After 4 years, my dad completed his plane he built himself! AFter he flew solo for 25hours he was finally able to take passengers – we all went up for a spin! SO proud of him!

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Fall 2011…

We got to spend time with some of our favourite people…

Mark’s family…

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Lots of friends including the Goodyears…

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One of my best friends rode bike across Canada to raise funds for children’s cancer research!

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And of course – Halloween!

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Madi cut her hair to donate for cancer – so proud of her and love her new look!

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December 2011…

On December 6 Mark and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. Love this guy!

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And Christmas!

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Can’t believe how fast 2011 went! As I looked back over images, I was reminded of so many great memories and all the people in my life. My heart feels full.

I look forward to 2012 and all it may hold!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

2 Responses to “Year in Review”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Beautiful! Such a great year of memories!

  2. Stephanie C says:

    Loved being able to see into your world.

    I love the shot of all four of you in the hot spring pool. You need to be in more of these shots, Krista! Use that self-timer feature, lady!

    Also absolutely adore the “cancer sucks” t-shirt. Amen to that.

    You guys are such an adorable family. Thank you for sharing with us!

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