Haaddd to share this beautiful image I captured this morning. FALL is literally the best time for photography (a close second is the sparkly lights of christmas trees followed by the golden hour during the summer).
We spent a SHORT three days and two nights out in Bruce Peninsula at a few Yurts “glamping” it up with some friends. I think travelling is by far the greatest gift your can experience with your family. But now I think camping (or glamping) is something worth doing every summer.
I was most shocked by how much Miss S liked it. We all know travelling with kids is work (and honestly you need a vacation from your vacation after most family trips) but this was kind of easier. I mean the fresh air helped to get them tired, they were constantly entertained either by nature, the free roaming animals (a chipmunk and a turkey we named “Gobi) or by the new foods they were eating from the grill. There were other kids to play with (from neighbouring yurts) or they literally just sat back and RELAXED.
Wanted to share a few (albeit grainy iPhone) photos and hope to share some edited ones from the DSLR but for now I’ll leave with…
4 important reasons to camp with your kids:
Have you gone camping/glamping with your kids? Would you try it? Or totally against it?
There is so much chaos in the world. Especially with our neighbours to the south. I know that a lot of people who have some influence in our world (whether its political, media, corporate etc) feel the need to use their platform to take a stand. I think when it comes to social media it’s a slippery slope. I love checking my feed to find inspiration and uplifting stories. But when those people I follow talk about something outside of their niche (or brand) I feel disconnected from them. I know what’s going (TV and newspapers) and when it’s particularly sad I just like to turn it off. Not because I am turning a blind eye but because I want to stay positive for myself and family.
Do you like seeing your favourite social media influencers taking a stand on political or social economic views? Does it make you feel alienated or can you relate to them more?
I’ve been putting a lot of effort into #BuildingMyBrand partly because I want to and partly because it is so interesting. I really feel like doing this has been the best way to combine both my B.Eng and my MBA in a way that traditional work hasn’t been able to at this point.
That said, what exactly my brand is – may need some tweaking. This journey is more exhilarating/exciting than anything I’ve experienced before.
PS: Check out my new Facebook page!
Do you think building your brand is important?
Last weekend was pretty busy as expected. We literally drove from the west end to downtown and back again before heading North to our home. We had to attend a kid’s birthday, drop off Miss S for babysitting (with my parents), attend an engagement brunch and then hustle back to pick up Miss S because she was a hot mess (ahhh 2 year molars) before we headed back home. Sunday I spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen. It was my first time but something I’ve wanted do since my late 20’s. This soup kitchen in particular operates restaurant style, patrons pay a dollar*, they are given a ticket, they find a table/seat and then they are served by a waiter/waitress. I helped to prepare the serviette package, rice, salad and then I waitressed! I’ve never worked in a restaurant before so this was an interesting experience for sure!
*Side note: to allow for the feeling of dignity
And then yesterday, I met with some of my friends for an “inter-friend-tion”. I don’t know how people feel in these situations, but I felt nervous and nonchalant at the same time. Without giving too much detail, we were meeting with this old/past friend who had been absent for the last year and a half. It is heart breaking but at the same time a relief: to make sure she is “ok” but also to not have that topic of her being MIA hanging over our heads. The outcome wasn’t as expected but we are all adults and in control of our own lives – we just have to do what’s best for us and live the best life we can.
Okay enough serious stuff! I’ve decided I am going to compile a Photography bucket list to motivate me creatively and bring lively new photography content to this blog, my etsy shop and my other media channels: twitter, pinterest and IG.
Oh and I’ll keep the updated list here (because I am sure more will come to mind) with links to where you can find the completed item.
Hot Air balloons
Planes Close up
Spinning Ferris Wheel
Child Jumping in puddle
Night Sky movement
San Francisco Bridge
Macro of a snowflake
Portrait of a Geisha
Under the Pier shot
A lone tree in a field
Self-Portrait (Tripod and remote is a must)
Water drops on a spider web
Toronto Christmas Fair
Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower during the day
Shanghai and/or Tokyo Skyline
Do you have a bucket list? Do you find it helps you reach your goals to write a list of them?
Send me a link to your bucket list in the comments below!
Something I try and keep at the forefront of my mind is these days will not be here forever. (Especially when it comes to parenting a little). So I just gotta keep going, forgive myself for the craziness and makes sure my intentions get re-aligned after the less than optimal days.
What do you guys think of the quotes on this print.