November 13, 2017

Continue.


I like this quote because it couples who you are with kindness. This world is ruthless, yo! I look around and I see so much unfair heartache, so much devastation, so much inequality, so much exclusivity.

It's there - always. You know what else is there though? Kindness. 
And kindness wins. 

Every. Dang. Time.

October 19, 2017

The humbling BEAUTY in TRAUMA.

It was nearing dinnertime and I started to get antsy for some exploring so I texted Jason. He was in the same boat and was just wrapping up work. I think his words were something like, "meet in the driveway in 10?" Gotta love a husband who shares the same spontaneity and works just outside.

|| LIFE IS GOOD!

We ditched dinner and peaced out. Rem fell asleep and I didn't even mind that it was 5PM, I was just riding the carefree vibes! We got to Waterton and met your typical weather of wind and slight sleet. For those who don't know, our hallowed national park was hit with a forest fire the end of summer and it was just so devastating. I couldn't believe the route that fire happened to take. It just barely skipped the townsite and the Prince of Whales hotel. Unreal!

Rem slept.
We drove.
We stared.
Silence.

When Rem woke up, I told her to put on her "adventure pants" and we braved the wind and cold to explore a little. She knew exactly what she was looking at, this fire hit too close to home. We prayed for the protection of that sweet place for a loooong time and it was extremely humbling to see the aftermath. Fire fighters are gems!


I will always love Waterton. The mountains are so exposed now with their lack of foliage, but I still find it beautiful! Everything seems so GRAND and raw. Stripped down to the very base. I read an article regarding some concern that the tourists won't be coming back year after year anymore. Next year should be fine because everyone will want to see the impact of the fire, but they say only the locals will continue to come because there is a deeper beauty to that place than just the trees and the park appeal.

I applied that to life as I sat there and stared at all the burnt trees and black stubble. As we go through life, we are hit with trauma --- stripped down and exposed. The pretty fades and we become more raw but those who really matter will stick around and keep coming back for more because you're something they love and care about, no matter what.

I'm all about that unconditional love.

October 17, 2017

Obsessive Creative Disorder -- it's a thing!

Oh hey! Long time no see!

My last pending post was all about summer, so that's a good indication as to how chaotic these past few months have been. My sister texted me a picture of a shirt with the letters OCD on it that stood for obsessive creative disorder -- we have both self-diagnosed ourselves and that's exactly what I've been up to lately. Just creating and loving it!

We shot some videos this summer that you can check out here.

Some more exciting news has been the proposal and marriage of my youngest brother! It is a pretty fun story considering he met her while he was serving a mission for our church and popped the question just 1.5 weeks after getting home, but hey, when you know - you know - you know? I'm so dang happy for them!

I was fortunate enough to get to tag-team their engagement photos with Janay. I am not a photographer so I gave them 3 sets of edits per photo because I'm indecisive like that and don't have a set "edit" or "look". 🤷🏼  They were soooo nice to let us experiment and hot dang are they ever a good looking couple!


They had a wedding reception in Utah a week before their wedding up here in Canada and again, I was fortunate to get in on some bridals they wanted to shoot! It turned into a family affair and all my rad cousins took their drones and cameras up the Provo canyon with us. The trees and lighting were UNREAL! Everywhere I turned, the scene would make my jaw drop! 

I tried out, yet AGAIN, another editing style and really fell in love with this one. The lighting changed 5 times that evening and even though I had never used this camera or lens before, it was magic. I'll let this footage do the talking.