Photo Friday – It’s Been Too Long…

It’s been ages since I posted here, for a variety of reasons, but I feel compelled to resurrect my Photo Friday series and share some of my favourite shots from the past week. I’m really proud of these shots – and I’ve had many positive responses to them as well. A shot in the arm in an emotionally exhausting week.

So, here they are – the result of a few meditative walks along Vancouver’s Seawall.

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IMG_0026I hope what I do is an #EyeOpener for many of you. I also hope that my creativity and ability prompts you or someone you know to actually pay me for what I love to do.

I’m honoured to inspire, but the the reality is – inspiration doesn’t pay my bills. Won’t you help spread the word?

Photo Friday – Embracing Calm

It’s been a downer of a week. The shocking loss of Robin Williams, turmoil around the world, personal frustrations and worries left me with a heavy heart and restless mind. And I know I’m not the only one who was left unsettled and emotionally drained this week.

So, time to embrace the calm on this Photo Friday. Here are some of my favourite photos from a walk along the Vancouver Seawall. There’s no better place to find serenity. Enjoy.

I love the way the water was a mirror...

I love the way the water was a mirror…

I never tire of this skyline.

I never tire of this skyline.

I could stare at this for hours.

I could stare at this for hours.

I adore Vancouver's big beautiful skies.

I adore Vancouver’s big beautiful skies.

 

Blind Tastings – Still Life with Food at EAT! Vancouver

I adore food and the talented chefs who create magic with it. I also love wine and spirits and the mystery of cocktails, though I’m not an expert. I was fortunate to be invited to attend this year’s EAT! Vancouver show this past weekend and had an amazing time!

This is the first of several Blind Tastings posts that will showcase my unique experience. I hope you enjoy them.

First, food as art. It may be an #EyeOpener to you, but despite my extremely limited vision, I am very visual!

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Awesome Meets Reality

I had an amazing week on so many levels.

I was a roving photographer at Kerry Gibson’s fabulous Elevate and Celebrate event to raise funds to make elegant and historic Hycroft accessible to everyone.

Then, an unbelievable experience at my first SVI Women in Vancouver conference that brought together an incredible group of smart, talented, passionate and generous entrepreneurs for two and a half days. I was fortunate to gain admission as a volunteer photographer – and I poured my heart into producing a collection of photos that captured the intensity, joy and energy of the event through the eye of the lens. You can view all of the photos on my Flickr site. I’m pretty proud of them.

And, over this past week alone, my Flickr views have skyrocketed – up to an incredible (at least to me!) 28,300 views to almost 170,000 views! I know it’s probably not much of a leap to some, but that growth spurt means the world to me.

It’s given me a huge confidence boost at a point where I really, really need one.

It’s validated my belief that I can and do contribute to the success of an event by documenting it in my unique way.

I’m also hoping that it’s been an #EyeOpener for the people who’ve seen my photos.

Because I need more than an awesome week.

I need paid work. Badly. As much as I’ve loved all of these amazing experiences, and the people I’ve met along the way, real life and the need to make money can bugger up all the awesomeness.

So I’m putting it out there again.

If you or anyone you know needs a photographer, PR gal, writer, editor, community builder, accessibility consultant, public speaker, cat sitter, envelope licker or pretty well anything that doesn’t involve driving cars, waiting tables, or 20/20 vision – please feel free to contact me.

I have a hell of a lot to offer. Let me open your eyes.

 

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It’s a Cat Day

My life has revolved around my cats for years, but it’s only in the last several years or so that I’ve worked to capture them camera. And my God, it’s not always easy to take photos of animals who just won’t stay still!  I’ve pulled together some of my favourites from my three generations of my much-loved felines. I hope you enjoy this very personal #EyeOpener.

First, there was my beloved Molly, who was part of our family for 17 years and dearly loved by me and Dave. It’s been four years, and I still miss her as much as ever ? (My God, that computer!).

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Then there was Zoe and Jake, the cats I adopted when I was living and working in Silicon Valley in the mid-2000s, I adored them both, but circumstances kept them in sunny California with dear friends – and I still get to see them.

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Jakey the Russian Blue was a total character from the get-go.  Zoe is sweet, gentle and very shy. While I would have loved to have had them with me when I returned to Canada, they love living with their other two cat-companions and I am so happy I found someone who loves them as much as me.

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And now, I have Grace, my smart-as-a-whip girl named for a Princess because she is one, and Reilly, the very handsome tabby boy with the slightly vacant stare who does a great ‘Timmy’s-down-the-well’ impersonation when he can’t find his partner-in-crime.

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Gracie is gorgeous, but one of my favourite shots is her very fierce yawn!

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Reilly, the jungle cat:-)

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I love these two. They were my comfort when Dave was ill and through his passing, and they make me smile every day. But then again, all my cats have done that for me.

I’d love to hear your stories and see your pics of your wonderful pets – please feel free to share!