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Tell Your Story Together

Kane and I tell our healthcare story together through photography. At this stage of the game, for Kane, I think it’s something fun to do with mom, something to pass the time at hospital appointments. For me, it’s how I manage the nerves and feelings that come up around those same hospital appointments. Photography isContinue reading “Tell Your Story Together”

Click with Kids: Hour by Hour

Looking for a kid friendly photography project to tell the story of your day? An hour by hour project is a fun way to get your kids noticing the details of the day and it’s way less intense than a day in the life project! Sometimes I like to test out a photography project withContinue reading “Click with Kids: Hour by Hour”

Throwback Post: Frog Hunt

Our friend, Ben, had his 5th spinal surgery today at the Shriners Hospital in Montreal. This surgery was unexpected and I’m not sure what’s harder as a caregiver, having lots of lead time or being in an emergency situation. Regardless, the Wolfe Pack is sending love to our hemi-buddy, Ben, and his mom, Karen. TheContinue reading “Throwback Post: Frog Hunt”

Tell Your Story: Sharing My Heart

Sharing your story is something each and every one of us can do. You can do it for yourself. You can do it to educate or inform others. However you choose to tell your story, just the act of telling it can help you to heal. I tell our story with my camera. The dayContinue reading “Tell Your Story: Sharing My Heart”

I’m Ready, What’s Next: Conversations & Connections

What a year! This time last year our family had just learned about the opportunity to move to Canmore. We were trying to figure out if it was feasible for my career as an educator (not yet), as well as if it was a realistic possibility with Kane’s healthcare needs (turns out yes). Well regardless,Continue reading “I’m Ready, What’s Next: Conversations & Connections”

Personal Project: Back to Reality

Kane and I were at the Alberta Children’s Hospital this week for his dental surgery. His surgery was cancelled in April due to COVID, but because of his heart issues he was a high priority. It felt a bit strange to be there because of the fact that every one of Kane’s other five surgeriesContinue reading “Personal Project: Back to Reality”

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”

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