Well, this is it friends. This is the final week of my sixth consecutive project 52. Can you believe it? That’s three hundred twelve weeks worth of blog posts. Whew! It’s exhausting just thinking about it. And seeing as we are about to head in to a new decade this feels like the perfect timeContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – 2020”
Click with Kids Project #4 Photography is so much about what we see and this project is all about trying to isolate some of the other senses. Mav has been really interested in working on this with me over the last couple of weeks. With it being so busy around this time of year (forContinue reading “Click with Kids – 5 Senses”
I’m still in the process of organizing all of my thoughts after attending the Children’s Healthcare Canada Conference in Ottawa earlier this week, but I wanted to begin to share what I have been thinking about. A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend this conference by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Family Centred Care Network.Continue reading “I'm Ready What's Next – #ChildHealthCan2019”
Last week was Kane’s first cardiology appointment at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. We have been regular attendees at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton for the last 7 years, but with our move to Canmore comes a new hospital and a lot of new learning. So we brought our cameras and headed overContinue reading “Hello, Alberta Children's Hospital”
Click with Kids Project #3 We’ve been hard at work searching for letters. Here are a couple of the ones Kane and Mav found… Did you figure out which letters they were representing? When we decided to find the letters in their name I realized they more engaged if we looked for and photographed theContinue reading “Click with Kids – Word Search”
On September 23rd, 2019 my six year old son, Kane, underwent his second open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In the months leading up to Kane’s surgery, I kept struggling with two challenging thoughts… I was really concerned with how different this surgery would be than Kane’s first heart surgery when he wasContinue reading “Child Life…a gratitude letter”
Bucket filled! This week I got to spend time with an amazing group of photographers at the Real Life Conference in Portland, while at the same time I was the guest moderator for Documentary Family Photogs on Instagram. Both of these opportunities provided a ton of learning and I have so many ideas moving forward. EachContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – Real Life”
Last Thursday, Kane and I were in Edmonton for an appointment with his cardiologist followed by our first pacemaker clinic. Turns out the electrophysiologist (pacemaker doc) involved with our case is actually our new neighbour in Canmore…just another interesting coincidence! Three weeks post surgery and things with Kane’s heart are looking good and we areContinue reading “Iron Kane”
For this month’s edition of my educational photography newsletter, Click with Kids, I decided our project needed to be a little more fun after all the heavy stuff we’ve been dealing with lately. So the boys and I set up a photo booth style shoot using… And they were so freakin’ excited! Kane picked up myContinue reading “Click with Kids – Photo Booth”
Together is a photography project in collaboration with my 6 year old heart warrior, Kane. Throughout Kane’s life I have photographed his medical journey and written from my perspective, but as he has gotten older I have felt it is not just my story to tell. Together is a diptych project involving both my perspective and Kane’s perspective. OneContinue reading “Together – Heart Warrior”
Last week was hard. Even with all of the love and support we had surrounding us. It was hard. When Kane was first born and we learned he had congenital scoliosis and congenital heart defects, I believed surgery meant solving a problem. Six years later, I don’t see it that way anymore. First I wantContinue reading “Heart Surgery”
This is my rock. He has been there for me every time I have needed him. He deals in my particular brand of crazy unbelievably well. Friday is Harrison’s birthday. And as you have probably gathered from social media, we are still in hospital with Kane. On Thursday, Kane had a pacemaker inserted. This isContinue reading “CHD Dad”
5am Saturday – 31 hours until Kane’s heart surgery I can’t sleep. I think about if I’m getting sick. I think about my to do list. I think about whether I have connected with everyone I need to about the 6000 things that we have on the go right now. I think about whether IContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – The What If Monster”
This week in my educational photography newsletter, Click with Kids, I was writing about selfies, so obviously we’ve been taking more than is usual for us! If you are interested in finding out more about my Click with Kids newsletter check out my post Tell Your Story or just click this link to subscribe.
Just one of the amazing things about moving to Canmore is that it is providing me with an opportunity to focus more intensely on my photography business. I love using photography to share our family’s story. Making photos of my family and sharing them on my blog is how I have built my photography skillsContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – Tell Your Story”
I had just finished writing my Ode to the Stollery blog post when we got confirmation of Kane’s heart surgery date. Kane will be having his second open heart surgery on Monday, September 23rd. We will be at the Stollery Children’s Hospital for pre-admission clinic on Friday the 21st. This is good news, because theContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – Surgery Date”
One of the hardest things about leaving Edmonton is moving away from the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation have had an enormous impact on our family. We have used their services for both of our kids. Everything from fetal echocardiograms to open heart surgery to 3D echocardiogramsContinue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – Ode to the Stollery”
Friday, June 28th was my last day at Mayfield Elementary. I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I thought I would hold it together way better than I did. When a school year ends I am not usually the person who is crying over kids moving on. I am usually excited about what’s next.Continue reading “I'm Ready, What's Next – Not a Goodbye”
Together is a photography project in collaboration with my 6 year old heart warrior, Kane. Throughout Kane’s life I have photographed his medical journey and written from my perspective, but as he has gotten older I have struggled with the fact that it is not just my story to tell. Together is a project aboutContinue reading “Together”
Thursday was Kane’s cardiology appointment. As many of you know, I tend to get a little worked up before this appointment. But not this time! This time I have had so many “shiny” things happening, related to both education and photography that I didn’t even have a chance to freak out. One of those shinyContinue reading “Telling Our Story”
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