50 nuances d'été - week 9

This has been a pretty unusual summer in that we have not spent much time at all in Montreal, and I personally couldn't be happier about it. Case in point, our return from out west. We arrived at the airport in Montreal, stopped at home to pick up the car, quickly picked up a dog we missed very much, and made a bee-line to Bromont where the whole family was reunited. I have enjoyed my summer away from the city more than I thought was possible, and am beginning to wonder whether I am a city girl or a country girl at heart. Miss C. says she prefers city life, but I have a feeling that when she's older, she will have only good memories of our time in this place. 

50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Hélène Gey (who is documenting her summer in square format on her iPhone!) to follow the loop. 

50 nuances d'été - week 8

Last week saw me and Miss C. zipping off to Edmonton, where we spent some much needed quality time with our Alberta people. I barely used my camera at all, preferring to just be in the moment and enjoy our wonderful company. One night, while at my brother's place, we took a little walk around the neighbourhood and I decided to take my camera along with me. Boy, am I ever glad I did, as I captured one of my favourite images of the summer so far! Can you guess which one?

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Since I was late posting this, I am not a part of the loop this week, but you can see everyone's work by starting with Geneviève's blogpost and following along the chain. 

50 nuances d'été - week 7

Before Part 2 of our summer was to begin, we still had one more week of amazing weather and gorgeous nature in Bromont. Surprisingly, I managed to stay away from bikes and bike photos this week! Instead, I spent a lot of time near lakes, rivers and the pool with my two swimming girls, Ruby and Clara. Only Clara was allowed in our pool however, so she is the star of this week's post. If you care to see Miss Ruby in the water, you can find evidence of her swimming expertise here

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Continuing with the water theme, please take a look at the wonderful work of Geneviève Dubé who shot some incredible underwater images last week! 

50 nuances d'été - week 6

Well, Part 1 of our summer will soon be coming to an end. This is the "Bromont uninterrupted" part, the part where it's all bikes, all the time. I do love being here, but I find that my photography leans very heavily towards bike-related activities, because that's what most of our time here is spent on. Totally normal, right? It doesn't bother me, but I get how it can be redundant for a reader of this blog! I admit, I've been a little lazy so far with this project. Time to branch out! Hopefully, these will be the last biking shots you'll see for a bit.

This first image is one of my favorites from Part 1 of our summer. This was taken with my iPhone, right before the whip-off competition during the vélo de soirée event at Bromont montagne d'expériences. I love the mountain biking vibe of this photo. The whip-off is accessible only by bike, and everyone just drops theirs wherever, and then proceeds to get into position to watch the boys (no girls this year!) do their thing. 

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And a few more random bike park photos from when my dad was visiting. Same old, I know. I'm working on some new material! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Christine Bastien to follow the loop. This week, Christine takes us on a photo journey through the country fair in Trois-Rivières! 

50 nuances d'été - week 5

This past week was hot (crazy hot!), but otherwise, relatively relaxed and carefree. Miss C went to equestrian camp all week, and T spent every waking moment on one of his bikes. I tried to keep everything together on the home front as the temperatures continued to soar, day after excrutiatingly hot day. One of the highlights of our week was finally figuring out where the new pump track is located in the teeny tiny town of Adamsville. We went one evening after a refreshing rain shower and were treated to the most gorgeous cotton candy sky. 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Karine Joanis to follow the loop. This week Karine takes us on a visit to Windigo Falls. 

50 nuances d'été - week 4

This past week, I mostly did the single mom thing. Between feeding the kids, walking the dog, making lunches, doing laundry and getting one of these two kiddos off to camp every day, there was little time left over for photography. Still, it was great to be in Bromont, and the week flew by, with Friday (and Papa's return) coming before we knew it. Wednesday night after supper, we all headed to the pump track, but instead of only one kid riding that night, there were two. Miss C. loved it so much, that I think it's fair to say she will be back! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Sirois to follow the loop. This week, Genevieve turns her lens to her daughter on the slackline! 

50 nuances d'été - week 3

Sum sum sum sum sum sum summertime... It's finally here. I love these first few days of summer vacation, when it feels like unlimited warm days stretch out ahead of us and anything is possible. I'm going to savour this feeling for as long as I can, and who cares if it all comes to a screeching halt at the end of August. Living in the moment is what it's all about. Today, we have all the time in the world to enjoy this season, and we will be sure to breathe in all its incredible fragrances.

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Celina Bailey to follow the loop. This week her kids played chess at my favorite Montreal market! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 2

As school winds down and everyone's thoughts turn to vacation time, things are kicking into high gear for us before we'll finally be able to relax and completely get into summer mode.. The month of June is always a little hectic, but this year seems to be especially so, with races, final exams, graduation parties and birthday celebrations all occurring within a very short time period. This past week was definitely a big one for this kid. He is in full exam mode at school (doing very well, thank you), racing mode on the bike (killing it), and he also happened to turn 14 on the weekend. What an amazing, multitasking, focused and talented kid he is. He also happens to be a sweetheart. I can't wait to be stuck in Bromont with him for most of the summer! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Karine Joanis to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 1

Here were are, back in summer again, and I'm so pleased to be participating in another group project with my Quebec photography gal pals! This time around, I'm going to push myself to try some new things, and hopefully infuse more feeling and life into my images. This week, the shots that made me happiest were the ones I took of Miss C. after her first summer dip in the outdoor pool in Bromont. I'm excited to see what everyone else has in store for our weekly eye-candy! Here's to a fantastic summer ahead of all of us, ladies! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Sirois to follow the loop! 

2017 Voice Collection Finalist

I’m very excited to share the news that one of my images was selected as a finalist in the 2017 VOICE Collection (Culture & Travel category)! This is the 3rd year in a row that I’ve had the good fortune of being a part of the VOICE Collection, and I am particularly happy this time around because my photo actually has a HUMAN in it! With over 45 000 submissions, and only 210 finalists chosen, you can imagine the level of talent represented in the gallery. It is such a huge honour to be included in this group of photographers!

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Here's the link to the 2017 VOICE Collection if you’d like to see this year's beautiful selections: http://www.clickinmoms.com/voice/

50 nuances d'été - week 12 - c'est fini!

And it's officially a wrap for my summer of 2017 photo project - phew! We had a wonderful summer and tried to pack as much fun into it as possible, but it's now time to get back to the daily grind of school, work and routine. Out of all of our family members, I think Ruby will be the one who misses summer the most. Is that the impression you get as well?

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. This was the 12th and final week of the project. A special thank you to Genevieve Guérin who organized, and all of the photographers who participated. I am so pleased to have a photographic record of our summer as a result of this project. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Guérin and continue to follow the loop to view everyone's last week of summer! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here.

50 nuances d'été - week 11

I know, I know... it's taken me an awfully long time to get to back to my summer photos so I could finish up this project. We're still getting beautiful weather here in Montreal, and it's hard to justify spending time sitting in front of a screen when it's so gorgeous outside. Anyway, I did get to the photos and I have to say, it was really nice reliving our Whistler experience while editing. Crankworx is truly a fantastic event, and these mountain bikers are amazing athletes. I never thought I'd say it, but over the years, I've come to love this sport, the culture that surrounds it and especially the people involved in it. The vibe at Whistler was pretty cool to begin with, but these guys (and girls - there were plenty of them too) brought the coolness factor to another level. Note that there are more photos than usual this week. I have been respecting the 4-image rule throughout the entire project, but this time, I just had to send it (in true DH lingo).  

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Finally, here's my DH kid himself with his 2nd place medal that he worked hard for in the Canadian Open DH event. I hate to brag, but I'd definitely say he's one to watch!

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Guérin to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 10

Hello? Allo? Hey everybody, I'm still here!!! The bad news is that I wasn't able to keep up with my blog as our summer headed into its final weeks, but the good news is, I never stopped taking photos, and I still want to share some of them with you! Also, I hate leaving strings untied, and not finishing this summer photo project would have left me disappointed.

So, where did we leave off? In mid-August, our family took off to Whistler, British Columbia, for a two-week vacation. Our DH kid was competing in Crankworx, the world's largest mountain biking event, and we were all going to be there to cheer him on this year. The first few days were fairly quiet, so we were able to do some sightseeing, but once the events began, we were in full-on bike mode. This Alberta girl loved being out west again; I missed the relaxed vibe, the nice people and the fresh clean air. Here are four of my favorite images from our first few days. Notice the smoky, hazy skies in the first and last shots - sadly, there were forest fires raging not too far away. 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Guérin to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here.

50 nuances d'été - week 9

This week was a typical summer week for us in that we were busy doing everything and nothing, all at the same time. I left my camera on the dining room table for most of the week, and when I thought to take it with me, I mostly forgot to take it out of my purse. I admit, I was a little restless this past week, and not overly concerned about photography. Next week will be better. Next week, we go to Whistler!

50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Genevieve Dubé to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here.

50 nuances d'été - week 8

After two weeks of barely seeing each other, Miss C. and I were overdue for a little mother-daughter time. With the boys away in the States for a race, us girls took full advantage of our weekend together: we went out for pizza, we brunched, we socialized with friends, we explored our neighbourhood, we cuddled all night, AND we drove around with our feet (okay, just her feet) out the window. Vive l'été and vive les girls weekends! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the fantastic work of Christine Bastien to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 7

For the past few years, our summers have been a little crazy in that everyone is everywhere, and rare are the moments where we are all in the same place at the same time. This summer has been no exception, and this week saw Miss C. hop on an airplane all by herself, only 2 days after coming back from summer camp, for a little impromptu trip to see her maternal grandparents. After seeing Clara off at the airport, Tristan, Ruby and I headed to Bromont where we spent the week. My husband was here the last couple of days with us, and now he's back in Montreal to pick up our young independent traveler. The two of them will get some father-daughter time until Friday, when the boys leave for a weekend race in New Hampshire. It might sound like a crazy arrangement, and it's probably not most families' cup of tea, but it works really well for us during the short time the kids are on summer vacation. The bonus is that when we are all together, whether for an evening or a few days, it's kind of amazing. :)

That said, the one constant family member in my life this week has been Ruby. We haven't been apart all week... so she gets centre stage. 

50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Karine Rocheleau to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 6

This past week saw the four members of our family (five, if you include Ruby!) scattered in different directions. One of us stayed in Quebec and spent (perhaps I should say 'tolerated') a week at camp. Two of us went to the Canadian DH Nationals in Panorama, British Columbia (and brought home a 2nd place medal!). Finally, one of us was lucky enough to spend the week in Venice, Italy (that would be me!). For 6 1/2 days, while doing my best to avoid the heat and the crowds, I wandered the alleys and canals, sipped Prosecco and made photos to my heart's content. Of the images I've edited so far, here are four of my favourites. Until next week... ciao! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Karine Joanis to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

 

50 nuances d'été - week 5

It was another super busy week with birthdays and visitors and far too much running around for my taste. There were a couple of up and down trips to Montreal to take care of things and remind us how pleasant it is to not have to deal with traffic and construction while we're out in Bromont. Still, there were pockets of quieter moments, where we were all relaxed and I was able to pull out my camera and shoot a bit. No surprise to me, these moments all took place in beautiful Bromont.

As of tomorrow, my family and I are scattering in separate directions, across Canada and over the pond. I'll see you next week with hopefully, some beautiful captures of la dolce vita from Venice, Italy. Andiamo! 

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50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Annick Paradis to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here

50 nuances d'été - week 4

We had a wonderfully relaxed, yet very busy week in Bromont, with lots of family visiting from out of town. I didn't spend much time alone, and didn't often bring my camera on our numerous outings, but we had fun, which is what matters most. I did take plenty of photos however, with whichever camera I had with me, but I didn't work very hard at getting "portfolio worthy" images (and that is perfectly fine by me!). Here are four photos that I liked, taken towards the beginning of the week, when things were a little quieter. I'm definitely looking forward to picking up my camera more next week! 

50 nuances d'été is a group project that brings together a number of talented photographers from the beautiful province of Quebec. Please take a look at the wonderful work of Caroline Desroches to follow the loop! 

p.s. If you missed my blogpost from last week, you can find it here