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Life’s Instructions

Life’s Instructions

Here is a list my seven year old daughter and I made up for “How to have a great day”. Get a good sleep Get up early Have breakfast Draw Do yoga Go to school Go to circle (morning community circle at school) Do good work (try your best, try to enjoy it)...

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Whales and an Invisible Ball

Whales and an Invisible Ball

Summer in the country is different than summer in the city. It’s slower, fresher, both contemplative and adventurous. I have lived most of my life in a city. My husband grew up in the country with wide open spaces and days upon days of nature adventures. For the past...

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Boulders

Boulders

Last week I was lying in bed with my daughter as she was falling asleep and she said “Mama you are my boulder. You and Dada are my boulders.” And then she listed all the names of our family and said “they are my boulders too”. I asked her what she...

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Wormy

Wormy

We brought home a dead worm wrapped in a paper towel, carefully placed in a used tupperware container. My daughter was determined to give the worm a proper burial. This, after finding the worm barely alive on a walk through Riverdale Farm. … She picked the worm...

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En Plein Air

En Plein Air

Painting en plein air became popular in the 1840’s with the introduction of paint in tubes. French for outdoors, it means painting outside. French impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir enjoyed painting outdoor scenes while sitting in front of the scene itself....

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Caring is the New Cool

Caring is the New Cool

When I was a kid, I never felt “cool”. Maybe the cool kids never really felt cool either. Even as young as 8 years old, I knew who the “popular” or “cool” kids were and did not feel a part of that. I didn’t feel actively excluded, but there was something about my...

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A Sixth Sense: Wonder

A Sixth Sense: Wonder

I’m buzzing from a weekend of Mini Imagination Sessions! On Saturday we played, imagined, created, and wondered in High Park. I love doing Imagination Sessions because I get a window into the world of childhood and get to capture moments of wonder with my...

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It’s not a race, Mama.

It’s not a race, Mama.

My daughter turned 7 last week. We had a busy week of party planning and spending time together. There were many ideas swirling through my head today when I was thinking about what to write and as I was looking through my notes, I found a story I wrote when my...

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Defining Moments

Defining Moments

I just returned from a six day retreat called Big Heart Dance Camp. I was the camp photographer and also got to experience some of the amazing workshops that were offered. My daughter and husband came for the weekend and we all did a writing workshop together with the...

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Make Something Beautiful With Your Body

Make Something Beautiful With Your Body

Creativity is something I care deeply about and have been investigating in practice for my whole life. Leading up to launching Imagination Sessions I began to talk to adults who consider themselves not creative to see if I could tease out why some people identify with...

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Yes, and…

Yes, and…

I’ve always been a positive and optimistic person. I am hopeful and adventurous and expect the best from people. I owe this to my parents, who raised me to trust the world and people around me. I am incredibly grateful to have had a happy and safe childhood. I see my...

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The Art of Becoming + The Becoming of Art

The Art of Becoming + The Becoming of Art

My daughter’s school had their school show last week, called “Imagine a World”, and I got to photograph it. It was a musical featuring Beatles songs, and it was AMAZING. This school is a true community, where people work together to make a difference and to make art,...

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Rock. Paper. Scissors.

Rock. Paper. Scissors.

I had the opportunity last week to photograph dancer Caroline Niklas-Gordon’s rehearsal of a piece she is working on with her 5 year old daughter. It’s called Rock. Paper. Scissors. and it’s gorgeous.   I feel deeply about the importance and beauty of...

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Love and Light

Love and Light

Last week I sent out an email to my community about losing a friend to breast cancer. Jasmin Fiore was one of the most positive, generous and joyful people I knew, even in the face of her struggle with breast cancer. I was fortunate to meet Jasmin in 2013 as a...

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A Tree on a Hill

A Tree on a Hill

Looking at this picture of a tree on a hill without any other spatial reference, how do you know it is a tree on the hill? Do you assume that trees grow straight up toward the sun? Why? What makes us any different? I’m in San Francisco today for a retreat. Every time...

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Bowie and the Importance of Dreaming

Bowie and the Importance of Dreaming

Art matters. In the days after the passing of David Bowie, I find myself thinking a lot about the power of art. I feel sad that we lost a great artist who touched people deeply with his music and spoke truths about life and love that are particularly profound now....

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Shadows + Water + Love: Family Photography At Home

Shadows + Water + Love: Family Photography At Home

I love being a photographer. Each time I photograph a family I feel honoured to be invited into their space and emotional lives. I learn about love and relationships. The girls in this family (aged one and a half and three and a half) were comfortable with me right...

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Cottage Life Fairy Adventure

Cottage Life Fairy Adventure

Feeling grateful. This past weekend I photographed the family of a long-time friend at their cottage in Muskoka. The last time I was up at her cottage we were both in our youth, no kids. Now she, her brother and I all have daughters. There were a total of 5 little...

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Rethink Breast Cancer Fundraiser Family Photos

It was a busy weekend last week photographing 16 families! And a busy week editing the photos, but so heartwarming. Thanks to all the amazing families that came out we raised $800 for Rethink Breast Cancer! And, thank you also to Diane Bruni from 80 Gladstone who let...

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Rethink Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Hi everyone, I’m finally jumping into the future with my very first blog post!I have been working on organizing a fundraising event that I’m really excited about. It’s a “Mom + Me” Family Photography Fundraiser for Rethink Breast Cancer. This is a cause that is close...

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