august 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line!
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I didn't even know where to start for this post.  After spending two weeks in the mountains of Alberta, with splendid vistas in literally every direction and amazing experiences with my entire family, I'm supposed to wrap it up with only seven photos?

Let's start with the reflective, emerald, glacier-fed lakes.  As I commented to a friend on Instagram after my third (or fourth or seventh?) lake photo, they are derivative yet irresistible.  And I was thrilled by every single one.

  Emerald Lake, AB

Emerald Lake, AB

  Bow Lake, AB

Bow Lake, AB

  Lake Minnewanka, AB

Lake Minnewanka, AB

And then the valleys that go on and on and on....

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Bow Valley, AB

And then there was our visit to the "toe" of the Athabasca Glacier.  Where we stood in awe and heartbreak at the amount of recession - hundreds of meters - since my last visit as a teen.

  Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields, AB

Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields, AB

We hiked, we swam, and we even had high tea at the Banff Springs Hotel. 
Highly recommended.

  Banff Springs Hotel, AB

Banff Springs Hotel, AB

When we returned from our trip, re-entry hit hard.  We clung to our vacation mindset as long as possible with a visit to the beach, but reality hit not long after.  But what a trip, and how lucky we are that we get to return to our adopted home which is just as beautiful.

  Stinson Beach, CA

Stinson Beach, CA

These photos are all from my iPhone.  I took very few on my Canon, but who knows what gems might reveal themselves when I finally get around to processing them.  And these photos, except for the last one of my daughter, don't even touch on the people - my family - with whom I shared this trip.  My parents (who celebrated their 60th anniversary), my sister and nieces, my husband and daughter, and my cousin who lives in the town where we stayed.  There might have to be an August 7 on 7, Part 2!! 
(Click HERE to see more from the trip on Instagram)

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Please visit my friend  Kristina Rust for her stunning 7 on 7 post (the light of Spain, oh my!), 
then click through to the next person in our blog roll to see what we've all been up to.

june 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line!
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On Motherhood:

The end of the school year approaches.  My daughter will be graduating middle school and launching into high school this fall.  Like many mothers, I am often surprised at how the time has passed since my daughter entered my life - sometimes like a speeding train and sometimes as slow as a turtle.  When she stands in front of me, her eyes are almost level with mine but the brain plays tricks and I frequently see her as the curly-headed toddler she once was.

For Mother's Day last month, one of the women I work with at my co-working space created a series of short poems commemorating mothers.  Her company Truth To Paper, brings "depth and connection to the world, one poem at a time".

The poem in the center brought tears to my eyes when I first read it.

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Since Mother's Day, I've somehow become more aware of time slipping away.  When my daughter was a baby, toddler, and elementary schooler, we spent most of our hours together after school and daycare.  We would come up with fun activities and I always had my little point-and-shoot to capture our little adventures.  She is rapidly becoming more independent but I feel lucky that she still likes to hang with me occasionally, as she did recently at our Memorial Day Carnival where we both played photographer. (see my recent Viewfinders post for more...)

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She is an avid dancer and I recently captured her dress rehearsals before her spring performance.  She has increasing grace and poise and I am often taken aback when I see her from afar.  It shouldn't be a surprise, she has taken dance for many years and is passionate about it.  But at a recent audition, she was asked what she loves most about performing and her eloquent answer included how she loves storytelling and incorporating it into her performances.  My visual storyteller's heart swelled with pride.

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Outside of the daily grind of parenting, the yelling and impatience and "will you get a MOVE on", the delight in her victories, the trials of middle school and the emotions and heartache that this age brings, I am grateful for being reminded to be present in both the big and small moments. She delights me and frustrates me and breaks my heart and isn't that what motherhood is all about.

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Onward.

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Please visit the lovely and talented Kris McNeil for her 7 on 7 post,
then click through to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see what we've all been up to.

may 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line!
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Because when roses come into the house on rare occasions, you take their picture.  Hello pretty...

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And when two photo friends call you for coffee and a mini photowalk around the docks in Sausalito, you ditch your to-do list and go.  Thank you Chloe and Birgitte for getting me out of the house and making me laugh!  You two are a joy!

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Having a tendency to always wonder if I should be doing/accomplishing something different, I appreciated the following reminder....

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And sometimes when I'm on a client shoot in a lovely garden, I tend to wander...

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Bonus photo: because #TobyTheMoseyDoodle sometimes comes on shoots with me and wonders if now is the right time to ask for a cookie.

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Happy May!  Hope spring is busting out wherever you are.

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Please visit the amazing Kristina Rust for her 7 on 7 post, then click through to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see what we've seen.

march 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes (unless we spontaneously decide on one) - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and then link to the next person in line.

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During our recent getaway to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, we went in search of big skies and desert landscapes.  We found them, and more.

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iPhone7

There is something for everyone.... wide open spaces and few people to obscure the view.

  Canon 5D Mark II (from my recent  Viewfinders  post)

Canon 5D Mark II (from my recent Viewfinders post)

The mid-century modern architecture and the vintage cars combined to create visuals straight out of the movies.

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iPhone7

Style for days. The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and its diner are a visual delight. I have a special fondness for this location.

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iPhone7

We spent a couple of hours in the Palm Springs Air Museum chatting with docents who shared their decades of knowledge with us.

  Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

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Canon 5D Mark II

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Canon 5D Mark II

Best of all, my fellow travelers were top notch.

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Back home and dreaming of where we'll head next... it doesn't matter whether it's a day trip in the vanagon or further afield.  Just get out the door and go.

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Please visit the lovely Janice of Shine Photo & Design for her 7 on 7 post, then click through to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

february 7 on 7

Seven photos on the seventh of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  No rules and no themes (unless we decide to) - just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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As I started pulling photos from my January archive, I began seeing a theme.  There seemed to be a lot of steps, paths and gates.

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From my January Viewfinders post.

I'm always intrigued by what's down that path or through that door or up those steps.  Recently, I was reminded of a film lecture during my long ago college days where we watched a Hitchcock film (I wish I could recall which one...).  Hitchcock was a master of suspense and one scene in particular has always stuck in my memory -  a character walks down a hallway and through a door out of sight.  We all know that *something* is going to happen in that room and my fellow students and I all leaned to the right and craned our necks as if we could actually see around the corner.

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For me, there is something so appealing visually about pathways and stairs (and doorways too).  Photographically speaking the perspective is what draws the eye.  But my feet (and sometimes the dog pulling me along on his leash) also want to go that way.

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What's down there?

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What's through there?

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What's around that corner?

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Let's go see.

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Please visit the lovely Maureen Nichols at Cottage 960 for her 7 on 7 post, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim

flowers in sake bottle

Because when a friend brings you flowers from her garden in a sake bottle and they fill the house with gorgeous scent, you take a photo.

5 on 5 - january

We decided to do one more round of 5 on 5 to make it a full 12 month cycle.  I've loved having the opportunity to take part in this no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends (and one sister).  Here's to 2017!

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I'm in Toronto visiting my hometown family and it is utterly freezing (I love it).  I'm staying warm by looking at photos of the last few weeks leading in to the holidays.  We kept Christmas very quiet - it was just my small family of three, simple food, walks and drives into the city to look at the view, searching for sustenance at the Ferry Building in the early morning, taking the dog for a romp on the beach, and taking the time to breathe and look around and set work and stress aside for a week or so.

 iPhone6. Embarcadero, SF 12/31/2016

iPhone6. Embarcadero, SF 12/31/2016

 iPhone6. Stinson Beach, CA 12/30/2016

iPhone6. Stinson Beach, CA 12/30/2016

 Canon 5D Mark II. Parking Garage, SF 12/18/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Parking Garage, SF 12/18/2016

 Canon 5D Mark II. Fort Scott, SF 12/18/2016

Canon 5D Mark II. Fort Scott, SF 12/18/2016

I also used the "Best Nine" algorithm to see my most-liked Instagram photos of 2016.  Although I may have chosen different personal favourites, these felt like a good round-up of the year - a little bit of family, a lot of being outside, the dog, and a certain ballpark birthday.

 Instagram Best Nine 2016 (iPhone6)

Instagram Best Nine 2016 (iPhone6)

I'm not sure what 2017 will hold.  I have personal and professional plans but I have deliberately been keeping my head down for the past few weeks and haven't declared any resolutions for the New Year (not that I ever do).  But my intent is to keep picking up my camera and use it to tell stories.  Join me?

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Please visit my amazing sister Lianne at A Glimmer And A Spark next for her 5 on 5 post, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...).  Happy New Year, and thanks for following along with us for the last 12 months!

cheers,
kim

10 on 10 - december

It's December, somehow.  Looking back on 2016, I see that despite my best intentions this is only the third 10 on 10 I've managed this year.  But I'm determined to end on a high note, so let's have a look at some random photos from my family's recent trip to New York City. 

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My daughter had never been to NYC, so we surprised her with a Thanksgiving trip and it was everything I'd hoped it would be.

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iPhone6 - Flatiron Building

It was freezing cold (I'm Canadian - I like the cold),

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... we walked and took the subway everywhere,

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Sony RX1 - Grand Central Station

... we ate good food, we knocked items off our to-do list (although there is SO much we missed),

  Sony RX1 - New York City Library

Sony RX1 - New York City Library

... we looked at amazing art,

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Sony RX1 - New York City Library

... spent time with dear friends,

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Sony RX1 - Sean at Bryant Park

... and most uplifting of all, my daughter was on board for all of it.

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iPhone6 - The Highline

Even though walking the Highline might have been our coldest experience, she didn't complain once.  Although bribery in the form of bagels, donuts and hot cocoa might have come into play.

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iPhone6 - The Highline

And when we were just too tired to walk any further, we'd come back to our compact but cozy hotel to take a breather and warm our cold feet.

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Sony RXI

We love to travel, but always drag out feet when it comes to packing and preparing for a trip.  But then we arrive, experience everything our destination has to offer and by the time we head back to the airport we are desperate to stay longer.  Although as my husband commented, it was a good thing it was time to go home otherwise we would have gone broke. 

Time to plan our next trip....

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Thanks for joining us on our final 10 on 10 of 2016!  Next up is Leilani of 7th Sister Photography - click to see her lovely work and then click through to the next person til you've been right around the loop!

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - december

December 5, 2016 - it's the final 5 on 5 of the year!  I've loved having the opportunity to take part in this no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends.  It has gently forced me to actually shoulder my camera as I head out the door and take photos just for me, just for fun.  Thanks for joining us this year.

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I am a December baby so it seems appropriate to end the year with a birthday post, of sorts. 

I have been making a concerted effort this year to focus my attention on choosing carefully my path forward, both professionally and personally.  After reading about "essentialism" earlier this year, I've begun to embrace Greg McKeown's ideas for extreme criteria when setting boundaries and making choices - basically, if it's not hell yes then it's no.  It's a way of being more selective so that your life is filled with work and experiences that bring you joy.

  ( Firefly Institute  Photo Camp, November 2016)

(Firefly Institute Photo Camp, November 2016)

As I enter a new decade, this is an idea that resonates deeply for me.  No more wasting time waffling over what to do and how to accomplish it.  I'm surrounded by accomplished, amazing people - creatives, photographers, business experts - and there's no excuse for not tapping into their skill and experience to help me move forward.

  ( Firefly Institute  Photo Camp, November 2016)

(Firefly Institute Photo Camp, November 2016)

I want to feel focused and productive but with plenty of room to breathe, making time to feel connected with my family and friends and actively pursuing the things that keep me sane.

Like this.  I must have walked in Sausalito hundreds of times over the years and have probably taken photos of the boats reflecting in the water dozens of times.  But it brings me deep peace, especially when it's a walk on my birthday with my visiting parents - two of the most inspirational people I know.

And time, even, to take a tongue-in-cheek photo with the appropriate number on the boat lockers where I have taken many previous birthday photos in my years since moving to California.

Looking askance at that number, I know that it IS just a number.  I've been reinventing myself and my career for many years and that won't stop just because I've reached some sort of banner age. 

I'm ready, are you ready?  We got this.

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Please visit the lovely Stephanie Smith (S.L. Smith Photography) next for her final 5 on 5 post of the year, then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim

5 on 5 - november

Five photos on the fifth of the month - a no pressure photo project with like-minded photo friends (and a sister).  No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next person in line.

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Life can get out of control sometimes.  Too busy and not enough breathing space.  When that happens, I begin to notice that the types of images I'm drawn to making have some element of that space lacking in my daily life at any given moment.  I turn my camera away from people and focus on small vignettes with a simple focal point or maybe some delicious light.

I've realized that as much as I love to interact with and photograph people, it's simple scenes and objects of daily life that fill my camera in between shoots.  Or when weeks go by without any photography at all.

I photograph things that I want to pick up and whose texture I can almost see and smell.

And light ALWAYS draws my eye.

At a recent portrait shoot, while I waited for the makeup artist to do her magic, I got up close and personal with her tools of the trade.

And again, light. 

The holiday season approaches and I've been filled with the need to slow.... down.  To not get caught up in the chaos and madness.  So I plan to take some time every day to see small visual stories around me.  Maybe I'll capture them and maybe I won't, but I'm hoping that keeping my eye on space and balance will reflect in my daily walk through life too.

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Please visit the lovely Janice of Shine Photo & Design next for her autumnal 5 on 5 story (with a sleeping chipmunk no less!!), then click on to the next person in our blog roll (and so on...) to see where we've all been and what we've seen.

cheers,
kim