Headed to New Zealand

January 30, 2015 in life

I am honestly in disbelief that Sunday is February 1st. This month has gone by in a blur! It’s crazy. As some of you may know, Randy quit his job in December and choose to take two and a half months off work before he returns to a new company. We had a goal of using that time for him to study (finishing up two certifications!) and also work on The School Sessions together. It’s been a packed full month. Somehow we thought life would slow down without his 6am-6pm job? Of course, it has, he’s home with me – but we’ve been filling up our days side by side at our laptops, doing everything we can to make The School Sessions successful.

In many ways it’s been the best crash-course in business – using whatever experience and connections I have made/gained over the last seven years of my company into promoting something we are uber passionate about. We’ve loved the challenge. Our days start early, we usually don’t shower until mid-afternoon and a lot of nights we return to our laptops after dinner to pound out a few more emails. But we are thrilled. Tired and thrilled – so rewarding to know our eyes-crossing-from-screens and fall-asleep-once-you-hit-the-pillow feelings are slowly raising money for ECCA school. (We also had a couple cool features this week: Huffington Post and F-Stoppers.)

Continue Reading

Question and Answer: Part One

January 29, 2015 in life

Last week, I posted on Facebook and Instagram, “Ask me anything! And I’ll answer it on my blog!” Well, I received 55 questions! And that has given me plenty of blog post material for the next little while. If you have a future Q for a Q+A, shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

01. What’s your favorite part about yourself? (Physically and/or emotionally!)
This is a tough question to start it off! Sheesh! Hm. I don’t know if it’s my #1 favourite (that’s too much pressure) but I do like my eyes.

02. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m at the stage of life where I start to answer these kinds of questions with, “Probably pregnant again! With a baby already!” I’ll be 29 years old, so I’ll probably be looking to cut down the amount of weddings I photograph every summer (if I am a mom by then!) – and focusing on writing, reading, business coaching, leading.

Continue Reading

Winter Whistler Engagement Session

Christie and Tim are getting married!

January 27, 2015 in engagements, photography

From Christie and Tim’s first date two summers ago, they knew they had something special. Tim called again for a second date and after dinner in North Vancouver, Christie suggested grabbing ice cream! Tim told a little white-lie (it’s okay! it worked out!) and mentioned there wasn’t anywhere near for ice cream, instead they should walk down to the end of the pier. Tim and Christie shared their first kiss on this very pier and two years later, Tim took Christie for another walk hand-in-hand and asked her to be his wife.

After hearing that story, it was only fitting that Christie and Tim would start their engagement session at the pier near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. A little bit of their history in their engagement photos. It was an overcast, rainy Vancouver day, but not too cold! Christie and Tim braved the less-than-perfect weather with a smile on their face and a newly purchased clear umbrella in their hands!

Continue Reading

Let Us Never Grow Weary of Doing Good

The Story Behind the Shop

January 23, 2015 in life

It has been so encouraging to launch The School Sessions last week and see the response! In just 11 days of being LIVE, we have over 160 photographers signed up! We estimate we need 600 photographers to reach our goal… so we have a way to go! But we are dedicated and motivated to reach it and we have been blown away by the photographers who have jumped on board and shared The School Sessions on instagram, facebook, twitter, emails, messages, thank you, thank you!

Today, I wanted to share a little bit of the story behind our The School Sessions shop and products. We knew we wanted to make a “physical” product available to participants and supporters of our cause. I had the idea of including the first part of the verse found in Galatians 6:9, “Let us never grow weary of doing good.” I felt God speak that verse to my heart very early on in the planning process and knew they were words I wanted written on my heart.

Continue Reading