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Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Summer Reads

A passion of mine is literature. I absolutely love to read. This summer I read a few books that I think we're very well written and that taught me a lot about cultures and history around the world.

Obviously I love to travel so when I can read a book about either traveling to another country, or about the history of the people living within a country I find it is a real eye opener for me. Here is a list of the books I read this summer maybe you will find one that you are interested in reading yourself.

The Lost City Of Z- By David Grann
I loved this book! This book is about legendary British Explorer Percy Fawcett and how in 1925 he ve
ntured into the Amazon in search of a fabled civilization. He was one of the first explorers into the Amazon but after one trip he never returned. Over the years many people went in se
arch of him and also never returned. This book is an amazing book about the history of mapping the unknown world. It is also interesting that Percy Fawcett was the
man that many other stories were based on such as " Indiana Jones". It is also fascinating that in the last few years people have found the proof of this lost city he was searching for. This book will make you want to go to the jungles of South America and explore them for yourself. As a side note even my husband is loving reading this book. Also there is an article in an issue of " Awake" on Percy Fawcett.

Eat Pray Love- Elizabeth Gilbert
think every women in North America has read this book this summer or at least gone to see Julia Roberts take on the role in the movie version. I really enjoyed this book and seeing the authors frank open and honest view of herself, the world, and how her journey helped her. Who doesn't like to read about places such as Italy, India and Indonesia. It made me want to start learning Italian and to try and find a way to move to Italy.

Secret Daughter-Shilpi Somaya Gowda

This was a random book I picked up at a book store for a road trip that we were going to be taking this summer. It was a very interesting book because it is about two families one living in the poor farming community of India, the other a family of mixed backgrounds a husband and wife in America one an Indian doctor the other a california girl. It really shows the pressure there was in India to have a male child that could help you work and make money, and that having a little girl was something terrible to most people. It also shows you a lot about the different classes in India. I really liked that it showed the pressures of both countries living in America as well as India and that people need to adapt and be selfless enough to understand each others cultures.

A Thousand Splendid Suns-Khaled Hosseini
This book was incredible. It was given to me by my aunt and I had never read a novel by this author before. It is a story told through 2 women living in Afghanistan and it covers a few decades worth of that countries history. I never understood a lot about Afghanistan. I never understood the culture or how many horrible wars have been fought there all throughout history and how many innocent people have had to deal with the war surrounding them who don't want anything to do with it anyway. It was a real eye opener for me. I have been in the middle east before actually only 30 km from Iraq and I felt that I understood the culture at least a little but this book really moved me. I actually could not put it down and read 18 chapters in my first sitting with it. For a book that entails a lot of history involving war etc.. that is pretty amazing for me. It is a very real book and not a good read if your looking for something a little more light hearted but I do believe it helped give me a bit of a better understanding of this country and the people living in it and not just what we see on the news about what it is now. I am going to read the Kite Runner next since this author kept me engrossed in this story so I am hoping I can learn a lot from that book as well.

So those were my books of the summer. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Model For A Day

Although it is frustrating that the weather today is beautiful and yesterday it was raining I think we did a good job of being brave and getting this photoshoot in. The girls look great!

Thanks for your help modeling girls, and for making me look so good.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Model For A Day - Preview

Ever watched "Americas Next Top Model" and thought I could do that! Well here is your opportunity. I had the chance today to do a portrait session with 3 girls complete with makeup and wardrobe changes and the results were stunning. Let me know if you would like to give it a try as well.

Here is a sneak peak ..more tomorrow

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Folk Fest 2010

When I was in elementary school we had a week we called "Heritage Week" In that week each classroom became a country. They decorated the room and learnt about the backgroundof that country, their customs, their music, food etc.. After that you all got a passport and spent time for a week visiting the different countries around the school. It was my favorite time of the year!

Fast Forward to 2010 living in Saskatoon.
I have now discovered something similar to "Heritage Week" called "Folk Fest". It is so much fun. 3 days of traveling by bus around the city to different pavilions. Each pavilion stamps your passport and lets you listen to music, dance, watch performers and sample food and drink from around the world. I must say now I am looking forward to Folk Fest every year.

Here are some of the countries we visited last night..





Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Blog

I have had many people ask me to put up a new blog. So here it is. I am not very tech savy but I felt I needed a blog where people could comment easier, the photos are bigger, and they could find out more information. I was finding this hard to accomplish on my tumblr account so I have now moved.
Thanks everyone for checking it out

Elissa and Emmerson

My photoshoot last week proved that it’s hott to be a Mom. This super cute countryfied Mommy and Me shoot was a ton of a fun.

Thankfully we avoided the rainstorm that kept trying to get us all afternoon. I believe that this shoot found me my favorite photo I have ever taken so far. I just love it! So here is the preview to Em and Elissa… I know it’s quite a few photos for just a preview but I love them to much not to show them.

John and Kate Wedding- Rossland B.C

This couple was so cute, and fun. From the arch that he constructed to propose to her and that they eventually were married under, to all of the groomsmen’s antics, it was a great day to be a photographer.

Thanks to Carmen of FreshPhotos for having me back this year. It’s hard being so far away, but it felt like deja vu doing this shoot with you. So here are some of my favorites from the day.

Family and Baby Fave's

Here are some images for the Family, and Baby Archives.

Memory Lane Weddings

Due to lack of Archives on my new blog, here are some of my favorite memories from the 2009 wedding season.