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!
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!
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!
I was thrilled to receive my copy of Click Magazine today and see my work appear not once, but twice, in this beautiful publication. Want to know something else that's really cool? The issue is on sale at Barnes and Nobles stores all over the USA. Yay!
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!
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/
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?
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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Well folks, this little project is just buzzing along, as is our summer. With the end of classes last week, 2 months of school vacation got underway - woo hoo! Once both kids were officially done, we hightailed it out of town, as is our tradition, and headed straight to our summer condo in Bromont. At this point, the 9 weeks of summer break stretch out before us like an empty canvas, but I know it's only a matter of time before we feel the next school year looming on the horizon. Between now and then, the best we can do is enjoy the next couple of months and try to savour every moment as much as possible. Cheers to summer!
Birthday season has started in our family, and this week saw Miss C and I fly out to Edmonton to surprise my mom for her 75th. We had quite the whirlwind trip, arriving Wednesday night and leaving Sunday morning, but we managed to pack in plenty of visits and a lot of love in those few short days. Back in Montreal, I attended an iPhoneography workshop, where I finally learned how to properly edit my mobile phone images. There will definitely be more (and hopefully more impressive) mobile phone photography in my life from here on out! Finally, to round out our week, we celebrated the birthday of an amazing kid who is now suddenly 13 years old and looking very grown up!
I love personal projects. For most of the time I have called myself a photographer, I've been involved in one personal project or another. Although they can be long and arduous, personal projects push and pull me in ways that are very good from a creativity standpoint. Almost all of my favourite images were made within the context of a personal project, and I attribute so much of my progress as a photographer to them - in short, they have been good to me! At the beginning of 2017, I sadly fell off the personal project wagon. I started a P52, then dropped out after a couple of weeks. I shot a bit in the months that followed, but I was aimless in my approach. I guess you could say I lost my "phojo". When I heard that my good friend and fellow photographer, Geneviève, was starting a new summer photography project called 50 nuances d'été, I knew this was the perfect time to jump right in.
50 nuances d'été is a photography project that calls for 4 images per week for the duration of the summer months. There are no constraints and no theme (unless "summer" can count as a theme). My goal is to document parts of my family's summer and hopefully, to collect a few new favourite images along the way (I may already have one in this current batch!). Each week, at the end of my post, I will provide a link to another photographer's blog, and you can follow the circle for more photographic inspiration.
For my family, week 1 was all about settling into our summer condo at Bromont and introducing our 6-month-old puppy Ruby to the area. Temperatures were unseasonably cool, but that didn't stop us from getting out and enjoying the beautiful nature on the mountain.
Please continue following this project by visiting the blog of the extremely talented Annick Paradis of Quebec City next! Link is here. Bonne semaine!
Our new puppy, Ruby, won over my friend Julie's heart when she came over to see her. Julie loved Ruby, and Ruby loved Julie... one thing led to another, and Julie decided to make our sweet Miss Ruby some homemade puppy treats. Ruby LOVED her puppy treats and finished them off quickly, but not before I managed to grab some photos of these cute and delicious (so Ruby says) puppy treats. Please see Julie's wonderful food blog, Blogieat, for the full recipe.
I was happy/honored/proud/stoked to have one of my articles published on the Click Magazine Blog. Click the image to see!
My interests are wide ranging and kind of eclectic, so it's only natural that the genres I love to photograph are varied as well. Food photography is something that has appealed to me on many levels for a long time, and when the opportunity to participate in a workshop right here in Montreal arose, I jumped at the chance. The workshop was given by The Illuminated Table, and it took place in a gorgeous natural light studio in Montreal's Mile End. I was lucky to have my good friend Sue, who came in from Ottawa, as my foodie photo partner for the 2-day workshop.
Here are a few snapshots from the workshop, along with the final food shots that I helped style and photograph. *Disclaimer: the taco photo is my image, but not my styling!
Well, your headshot can be used for any kind of professional or personal promotion, ie. your company's website, your LinkedIn profile, any social media account, or in this case, to promote your NEW BOOK! Congratulations to my talented client who has co-authored the book TOUT savoir pour composer avec les turbulences à l'adolescence, on her impressive achievement.