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Bucket List Tree 2013

Bucket List Tree 2013

Posted By on Dec 30, 2012

Last New Year’s Eve, my family sat down and came up with a bunch of ‘Bucket List’ items. Things we’d like to do in 2012, as well as bigger goals that we’d like to do – some day. We are big believers in the Law of Attraction, and I’ve always kept a Vision Board, and this was a great way to get the kids involved.

We crafted up some tags, and hung them on some branches and stuck them in a bucket. Voila! Our ‘Bucket List Tree’ was created.

Bucket List Tree

Did it work? We took 14 tags off the tree this year – we accomplished 14/16 of the things we wanted to in 2012. We missed out on Mike’s Brewery Tour that we wanted to do, and I didn’t lose the 20lbs I wanted to lose (ugh). Those things will remain on the tree, along with the bigger things, like ‘Go to an American Girl Doll Store’, ‘Go to New York’, ‘Buy a 4 Bedroom House’ – things that we want to do, but don’t have to be right away.  

Bucket List Tree

The kids and I sat down this morning to make our tags for 2013’s items, which we’ll write out tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve, after our ‘Fun-do’ (fondue) dinner.
This year, we are also going to do a ‘Grateful Jar’. A big jar (or box, or vase – haven’t figured the details out yet) where we will stick the things we are grateful for – written on strips of paper, as they happen, throughout the year. Then next New Year’s Eve, we will pull them out and read them. I think it’s a good balance to the Bucket List Tree – where we want, want, want. The jar is where we will record our Gratitude.

I will keep the jar close to the kitchen table – where we do our ‘High/Low’ game during dinner. We go around the table and discuss our ‘High’ and ‘Low’ for the day. Often these discussions turn into talks of gratitude, and now we’ll be able to record all the things that we are grateful for. (I recently read the novel ‘Slammed’ by Colleen Hoover. In the book they also do High/Low but call it ‘Suck/Sweet’, which I thought was clever.)

I’d love to see what you do with your family to help you achieve your goals or teach gratitude!

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I am teaching my fourth ‘Get Off Auto’ DSLR Course on January 26th, 2013. If you recently got a new SLR camera, this is exactly what you need.

All the basics of photography – you will learn Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO, and how to take better pics of your kids. You will leave with all the literature, and I will even teach you my biggest ‘Ah ha moment’ with photography…the one, simple trick that helps put it all together. The course is designed to be quick, I only teach you what you need to know to take your camera off the auto setting and get amazing results.


Calgary DSLR Course

Email me to register!

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Calgary Photographer Gift Certificate

Last minute gifts to buy? How about a Gift Certificate for Photography? You can pay via Email Transfer or PayPal, and it will be emailed to you. No pick-up, no mall, no driving! Perfect!

Merry Christmas to all my clients! Hope it’s the best one yet!

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As a photographer, I spend the entire months of October & November doing family portraits for everyone else. Today, I managed to wrangle up the family to do our photos.
Last year we tried to be a little creative, with the frame in frame shot (so glad I ditched the blonde hair since then!): 



The few years prior, we always just did the normal studio shots.




But this year, we decided to do a portrait that showed who we really are. This is what we came up with:


I love it! Below are some other shots we got today.


The ‘Using a Tripod has Some Cons’ shot (cut off the girl’s head):


The famous ‘Hilton Pose’ shot:  


The ‘Mom was Posing’ shot:



The ‘Black and White’ shot (this is the one that will be framed for the wall – but in color):



And, the ‘We Tried one with the Dog’ shot (even though the dog wasn’t looking and is cut off…I still like it):

It was first time we had all five of us in the new studio…and I’m a fan! We didn’t even have to use a backdrop (although I did have to airbrush an electrical plug out of some of them!)

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It’s time for my most popular sale of the year!

Today through Monday at midnight…

Buy any Gift Certificate for $200 or over, and I will add $100 to it, for FREE.
These Gift Certificates are good after January 1, 2013, for Calgary or Sylvan Lake.


Book & Pay for a 2013 Session and receive 2 Digital Files FREE from that session.


Purchase any digital files from past shoots from October 1, 2012 & Earlier for $25 – that’s almost 60% off! (Regular price is $60 each).

Email me right away!

All deals must be paid for by Monday at midnight, to qualify.
Deals cannot be combined or used with Friends & Family discount, or paid for with Gift Certificates.


Please note – I am out of town this weekend, but will try to respond to all emails. If you don’t hear from me until Monday – don’t panic!


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