Monday, November 14, 2011

Bucket list Updated!

I started my Bucket List back in 2010 and thought I'd update it a bit. A select few are specifically on my 30 things to complete before/during my 30th year. I'll highlight those in orange.

Note: The newly completed items on my list are marked with a date without being crossed off.

    • Cycle across Canada for something I believe in
    • Find a starfish in the Ocean (Completed in the Bahamas, April 2010)
    • Take a father-daughter trip to soak in some European architecture :)
    • Take a mother-daughter trip
    • Travel to:
      • Tokyo (to visit my brother and see his life over there) Planned for March 2012!
      • Italy
      • Ireland
      • Switzerland (my mum's favourite European country)
      • Newfoundland
      • California (Completed Dec 2009)
      • Romania (Completed Summer 2003)
      • London (Completed August 2003)
      • Austria
      • Papua New Guinea (to see my cousin and get a glimpse of her life)
      • BC (Completed when I was little, but revisited as an adult June 2009)
      • NYC (Completed for the first time on a grade 12 drama trip)
      • Texas
      • Boston (Completed October 2010)
      • Africa & go on a safari
      • Arizona
      • The Wave, Utah (and photograph it!)
      • Greece
      • The peak of Mount Sinai (Completed August 2010)
      • Spain
      • Tanzania
      • Argentina
      • Chile
      • Nepal
      • Bora Bora or Fiji
      • Barcelona
      • The Galapagos Islands
    • Use nothing but a bike for transportation for an entire month (aside from cross-Canada tour)
    • Become a published author
    • Couch-surf (Completed May 2011, in Memramcook, New Brunswick)
    • Have my artwork displayed in an art gallery
    • Participate in a worship service at Westminster Abbey in London (Completed August 2003)
    • Own a dog  (:
    • Photograph the International AIDS conference
    • Take a train trip! (Completed May & June 2011 from New Brunswick to Montreal, and then on to Toronto)
    • Photograph a destination wedding (The Bahamas! Completed May 2010)
    • Volunteer in Africa doing something related to the AIDS epidemic
    • Fall in love
    • Have some babies
    • See a Shakespearean play in the Globe Theatre in London (Completed August 2003)
    • Go an entire year without buying anything new (shoes, furniture, clothes, etc.)!
    • Spend up to one month living on reserves learning about the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples
    • Publish a photography book (going to print Dec 2011!!)
    • Sell my photography book in a book store
    • Go SCUBA diving or snorkeling in tropical waters (Completed in Dahab, Egypt. August 2010)
    • Live debt free
    • Learn to speak/understand
      • Arabic
      • Hebrew
    • Publish a coffee table book showing the similarities between Israelis and Palestinians
    • Ride a camel in Egypt
    • Grow a vegetable garden
    • Pierce my nose :) (Completed February 2011)
    • Read 30 books
    • See Rod Stewart in concert
    • See Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe Crhistmas show
    • Launch a business branding company (I have my first clients. The official launch is planned for Dec 2011)
    • Move & make my new place a creative and inspiring space (moving date Jan 1st, 2012!)
    • Buy a really great piece of used furniture and re-furbish it
    • Upgrade my photography equipment to Nikon's professional line
    • Re-brand Red Umbrella & launch new website and business cards
    • Host a potluck for local professional photographers
    • Enter a photograph in one of the WPPI photography competitions
    • Learn to read lips
    • Go to bed before midnight every night for a month! (As I write this post at 1:30 a.m.)
    • Join a choir (Completed December 2010)
    • Take a train trip with Erin Leis!
    • Tithe consistently
    • Go on a hot air balloon ride (preferably in Petra but anywhere will do to complete this in my 30th year)
    • Learn to surf (Completed May 2011 in Monterey Bay, California)
    • Swim in 5+ oceans or seas (Completed: Pacific, Atlantic, Red Sea, Dead Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Galilee)
    • Learn to cook a Thai dish and an Indian dish
    • Open an Etsy store
    • Visit the Toronto Zoo
    • Present about Israel-Palestine in 100 Cities
          1. Kitchener (Grandview Baptist Church, September 2009)
          2. Puslinch (Crieff Hills, October 2009)
          3. Waterloo (University of Waterloo, March 2010)
          4. New Hamburg (Private event, 2010)
          5. Jerusalem (August 2010)
          6. Toronto (Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church, February 2011)
        • Present about Israel-Palestine in each Province in 2011
          1. BC
          2. Alberta
          3. Saskatchewan
          4. Manitoba
          5. Ontario
          6. Quebec
          7. New Brunswick
          8. Nova Scotia
          9. PEI
          10. Newfoundland and Labrador
    What's on YOUR bucket list??  I'd love to hear it. Maybe I'll add some of your ideas to my list!  (:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Red Umbrella Photography - Jared Again!

Here are a handful of shots from my most recent session with Jared and his parents. We met for the first time just over a year ago when we did this shoot. He's such a little charmer and says some of the funniest things. We had a fun time getting caught up again.

Smile with your eyes  .  See with your heart  .  Love with your life

Friday, July 15, 2011

Red Umbrella Photography - The Bergsmas

You may remember this adorable family from this past winter when we ventured out into the cold for their maternity shoot. Well, that was a first for me and so was this most recent shoot. This time instead of braving the cold for maternity photos, we braved the early morning hours for these shots of their little Makenna. Am I ever glad we did. The sun rose quickly but this first shot made it completely worthwhile!!

Remember, you can click on any of these to see them larger - then click the "back" button on your browser to return to this post.

Smile with your eyes  .  See with your heart  .  Love with your life

Monday, June 13, 2011

Red Umbrella Photography - Rocking The Frock in New Brunswick

There are only three days left to enter our contest to WIN one of eight photo packages!
I'm on the way home from Montreal as I type this and am gearing up for a full and exciting summer of photography! Starting July 1st Red Umbrella is offering 50's Pin-up, Boudoir, Rock The Frock, and Breastfeeding shoots!

To say "thanks" to our loyal Facebook fans, we're giving away 8 photo shoots - two of each new package!

Read more about what each package includes and enter to win by following these steps:
1. "Like" our official NEW Facebook Page if you haven't already (It's different than our group)
2. Go to the Page's discussion board and you'll find four posts - one for each new package
3. Leave a comment to let us know why you want to win that package!
4. Spread word!

Rules and full details can also be found in the discussion board.

Thanks everyone and good luck!!

And...since no post is complete without photos, I'll share some of the shots from a Rock The Frock session in New Brunswick last week!


Smile with your eyes  .  See with your heart  .  Love with your life

Red Umbrella Photography - Elsa & Graeme

Elsa and Graeme recently moved to Montreal and I happened to be visiting on the weekend of their first wedding anniversary! We decided to head to Old Montreal for some photos to remember this time in their lives! 

Smile with your eyes  .  See with your heart  .  Love with your live  .

Red Umbrella Photography - Celebrating Sarah

While I was in Moncton I had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with Sarah. The first time we met was actually at her birthday dinner with a bunch of other women from her church. We headed out one afternoon for a little birthday photo shoot and I'd love to share a few of the shots with you!

My fave!

Smile with your eyes  .  See with your heart  .  Love with your life