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21 Weeks: Stories & Advocacy

As a storytelling photographer, it is my goal to make documentary family photography accessible for all medical, special needs, and palliative families. As an educator, medical mom and advocate, my goal is to offer my voice to those working to ensure our government is providing ALL families with appropriate access to education and healthcare. PerhapsContinue reading “21 Weeks: Stories & Advocacy”

Personal Project: 100 New Friends

As strange as it sounds, Covid-19 and the physical distancing protocols put in place in Alberta led me to complete a variation of one of the personal photography projects on my bucket list. In December 2019, I completed my sixth consecutive project 52. For those of you new to personal photography projects, a project 52Continue reading “Personal Project: 100 New Friends”

Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life

This post is a throwback to the very first time I did an entire day in the life. This post was originally published in October 2015 and I am bringing it out of retirement to share with my Personal Photography Projects class through artsPlace. I love looking back to see just how far my photographyContinue reading “Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life”

Personal Project: Corona Stories

We’ve been physical distancing for a month and a half now. Some days feel routine. Some days make my skin crawl. Some days my eyes are open to the details around me. Some days I’m just struggling to find things to be grateful for. But this is where I am at right now and IContinue reading “Personal Project: Corona Stories”

21 Weeks: Corona Documentary Photography

Since beginning the 21 Weeks photography project with Melanie and Ella in January, our world has changed. We are physically distancing to stay safe. Many people have lost their jobs or have transitioned to working from home. Kids are also at home, ALL THE TIME, with school staff working to support them through online teachingContinue reading “21 Weeks: Corona Documentary Photography”

Personal Projects: Finding Meaning

“Perspective is a function of experience. Kids can feel like their worlds are ending because their worlds are smaller than ours…So, what we can do, is let them feel. Give them permission to feel. And more importantly, be super brave, and let them see us feel. Let them watch us navigate our feelings in awkward,Continue reading “Personal Projects: Finding Meaning”

Essential Medical Appointments

Once it became clear just how important physical distancing and flattening the curve were to curbing the spread of COVID-19 many of my son Kane’s medical and dental appointments were cancelled. The first to get bumped was a neuro-developmental assessment. Then we got a call from Kane’s pediatric dentist office saying his dental surgery wasContinue reading “Essential Medical Appointments”

21 Weeks: Caregiver Documentary Photography

And just like that our world changed. Some of you are caring for family members in isolation, many are suddenly working from home with kids underfoot, many more have been laid off and are uncertain of what the future holds, others are on the front lines in healthcare roles and essential services working everyday toContinue reading “21 Weeks: Caregiver Documentary Photography”

Personal Project: March Madness

Join me on a little visual journey of our new normal… Kane’s spring concert was the last group event we attended. It was way back on March 11th. Our home has begun to look a little different as we have tried to create some consistency and routines following Alberta school closures on March 16th. AndContinue reading “Personal Project: March Madness”

Nguy: Family Documentary Photography

A few weeks ago, I got to spend time with the Nguy family. Our family documentary photography session began at their home, just as Grayson was waking up from his morning nap. Once things settled and everyone was dressed in their outdoor gear we headed out to the local lake for some skating. The weatherContinue reading “Nguy: Family Documentary Photography”

Click with Kids: Schedule this…

Click with Kids Project #6 My kids are home…from school…indefinitely. This is what my dining room wall looks like right now. Some of it was pre-covid, actually most of it was. We were really working on building consistent expectations and routines with the kids, particularly with mom being away for conferences throughout February. My originalContinue reading “Click with Kids: Schedule this…”

Clinic Day: Hospital Documentary Photography

The stories of medical families often mirror any given family, on any given day. Other times their stories look nothing like the average family. As a photographer, it is my goal to make documentary family photography accessible for all medical, special needs, and palliative families. It’s important that families facing challenges, particularly the caregivers, toContinue reading “Clinic Day: Hospital Documentary Photography”

Brain and Body Breaks

There is often wrestling going on in our house. But even better than wrestling at our house is when we head over to the Canmore Recreation Centre’s drop-in gymnastics program. We go to burn off energy, but also as a way to take care of our mental health. Our boys have a LOT of energy!Continue reading “Brain and Body Breaks”

CT Story

Waiting…Kane and I are experts at waiting. Waiting at an appointment. Waiting for an answer. Waiting to play a game (because mom won’t let you have screen time the majority of the time you are waiting!) We are pretty good at bringing things to do while we are waiting. For me, it’s my camera. ThisContinue reading “CT Story”

Happy Heart Day

Here’s the photography project invitation I sent out on Facebook recently. FYI the image above is actually just one image in a slideshow, swipe left or click the arrows to see the rest of the images. Trying something new. I would love to see your images of heart projects, paper or otherwise. Feel free toContinue reading “Happy Heart Day”

Kristy Wolfe Photography, Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Rett Syndrome, medical mom, caregiver story, I Was There Too

21 Weeks: Family Documentary Photography

The stories of medical families are filled with both moments of pain and moments of joy. As a photographer, it is my goal to make documentary family photography accessible for all medical and palliative families. The 21 Weeks photography project tells the beautiful story of one resilient family through the eyes of a mother andContinue reading “21 Weeks: Family Documentary Photography”

Just Another Day

Life with a medical kid is interesting. There are times where our family is pretty normal, well, you know, as normal as any family is! And then there are times where it feels like the medical appointments and discussions about challenges and where to go next take over. We are in that right now. InContinue reading “Just Another Day”

Making Learning Visible

Hi photography friend! I just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be presenting a session on photography at three different Teachers’ Conventions this February. My session is called Making Learning Visible: Photographing and Co-creating Learning Stories and I would love to see you there!  Here’s where I will be…. Calgary City Teachers’ Convention February 13-14 Continue reading “Making Learning Visible”

Let’s Talk

It has been five Let’s Talk Days since my dad died by suicide. For people just learning about Bell Let’s Talk Day, that means my dad has been gone for five years. Below is the first of many blogs I have written about his death. It is the first post I wrote really addressing myContinue reading “Let’s Talk”

Why Medical Families?

This is me…well, the me of 4 years ago. This is also me…a more recent version of me. I am a medical mom. I am an advocate. I am a storytelling photographer. I share the story of our lives.Partly, so our family can see us.Partly, so other families can see themselves.But mostly for me, becauseContinue reading “Why Medical Families?”

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