I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy.  I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!

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Learning to Embrace Vulnerability

A few weeks ago, I picked up Daring Greatly by Brene Brown from my local library. I had no idea what to expect inside the cover and I was pleasantly surprised. Brene Brown is a vulnerability researcher and a professor at the University of Houston. For the last ten years, she’s studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Daring Greatly is a book about the courage to be vulnerable and learning to embrace vulnerability.

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I admit it, I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for an embarrassingly long amount of time. “I’ll publish my summer reads when I have the time and mental energy to write a paragraph about each.” Yeah, see how that turned out? It’s JANUARY. Instead, here’s my recap. I discovered Bill Bryson on a whim and laughed my way through his first book. Following the final page, I opened up Amazon.com and ordered four more of his books. I read them all that month. All, all, all so hilarious. My favourite is easily “Thunderbolt Kid.” Kent Haruf’s book “The Tie That Binds” I purchased after finding “Plainsong” at Costco and loving it. Usually if an author wrote one book I liked, I’ll like the others. I wasn’t disappointed. Very unique character writing. I like him. “The Age of Hope” I borrowed from my aunt Lyla and read in one day while travelling to Tofino for a wedding in August. (Waiting to drive on the ferry, on the ferry, and half of the drive to Tofino – Taliah drove. Thanks Taliah.) It was the best. I LOVE finishing a book in a day. Finally, “We Were the Mulvaneys” – a long read, a dramatic read (Joyce Carol Oates is always a little dark) but if you have patience to get through the 500 pages… I always find books relaxing.

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I’m having great luck lately with fiction. I mean, we could call it luck. Or we could be straight-up and say my used-book-store-shopping-skills are growing every month. Picked this novel up because of the prize winner sticker on the front, read the synposis in ten seconds, saw the author was Canadian. Sold. Started to read on Friday morning, and like most good books, was finished within 36 hours.

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Last week I read Greg Mortenson’s “Stones into Schools,” the follow-up novel to the #1 best-seller “Three Cups of Tea.” I devoured this book. I love being able to experience different cultures through written words. I might not have the opportunity to travel to the Middle East, but reading about the region “takes” me there. Honestly speaking, I feel pretty ignorant when it comes to world events and “big global issues.” I want to learn things about everything. A desire that’s caused me to inhale books every year since kindergarten… but sometimes I don’t know how to approach an interest. Stones into Schools was an awesome introduction to Afghan/Pakistan culture. The book begins where Three Cups of Tea ended in 2003, continuing efforts to establish elementary schools for Afghan girls. Mortenson also details the devastation and relief efforts after the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 and provides colourful narrative about his energetic, dedicated staff throughout the book. I was inspired by the work of Central Asia Institute and the passion behind his team.

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