Alexandra is the ninth “stranger” I have photographed. Our little session took place a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting for my bus to go meet a friend. I was waiting for my bus when I saw her sitting on a bench. I immediately knew that I wanted to take her picture, but I was nervous. I was by myself with no one to encourage me but my own inner voice, and we were in a crowded bus station. I first considered the safety aspect of it(I have had two cameras stolen in the past) and then the comfort level for her – I probably wouldn’t want to have my photograph taken in a public place full of people I didn’t know. But I knew I would regret it if I didn’t at least ask. So after quite a few moments of walking around building up courage, I approached her. I said, in Portuguese, “Hi, how are you? I just wanted to tell you that you have beautiful eyes! I’m a photographer, and I’m doing a personal project of photographing people I don’t know. I noticed you and I would like to take your photo, if you want!” At first she was taken aback – I think she was pleased about it but also very shy about having her photo taken. She hmmed and hawed about it for a while. I kept telling her she didn’t have to, there was no pressure, but in the end she agreed. Three quick snaps and we were done. I am so glad I did it, because I absolutely love the photo. For being nervous she did a great job of looking confident and relaxed. I felt empowered afterwards and proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am loving this project! I can’t wait for the next stranger!
The Most Important Thing is back! I’m excited to continue with this project, which is to take photos of people I love and to discover what they believe is the most important thing in life. This is Debby, a wonderful friend I’ve made since moving to Brazil. Debby is so special. She is the type of person that gives you all of her attention when talking to you. She is gentle, kind, and funny. I recently took some photos for her professional website which you can visit here. This was one of the photos from that session and I really like it. As you can see she is beautiful inside and out!
Belief System: I don’t think I have just one “system” – the ego creates a lot of them! But I’m trying to let them just be there (in my mind) while I connect with my inner source – my soul, which provides the best way I can see and live reality.
What do you believe is the most important thing in life?
To be open to it. What it means to me, to accept everything that happens to us – to just exist, without judging if something is good or bad. Things just are. And flow, discovering and sensing every feeling, experiencing every taste that life provides us. In the end, I believe everything is a manifestation of love. Just to enjoy while we are here!😉
Thank you Debby!
Everyone, I’m so excited to share this with you! I have created a couple of lovely photography products that are finally ready for market.
My first photography book is a collection of bright and beautiful things I’ve been privileged to see and photograph across three continents.
There are three sizes and options available. Prices include tax. Shipping costs not included.
1) Softcover 8×6″: $32.00 CAD
2) Hardcover 8×6″: $45.00 CAD
3) Hardcover 11×8.5″: $55.00 CAD
2017 Yukon Calendar
Two sizes available. Prices include tax. Shipping costs not included.
1) 11 x 8.5″: $32.00 CAD
2) 14 x 11″: $52.00 CAD
Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! Today is our day to be recognized and rewarded for our hard work and awesomeness! I hope you are all gifted with flowers, chocolate, time-off, perhaps a visit to the spa! Any or all of the above would be acceptable for me😉
I’m sure we can all agree that being a mother is an honour and a privilege. I consider myself very blessed to be a Mom.
My boys are one and a half and three and a half. They are adorable little bundles of energy and I love them so much my heart could burst. They are sweet, funny, smart and loving. They make me smile and laugh constantly. They teach me a lot about myself and about life. But mothering ain’t easy, that’s for sure. It can be exhausting and so utterly frustrating. And we all have those days… days we have trouble staying calm. Days we just want to go back to bed. This is a journal entry I wrote last year about one of these days.
November 24th, 2015
Yesterday I had a bad morning. I was tired, frustrated, and feeling nostalgic for child-free days when I could do whatever I wanted, and I didn’t have to deal with cranky, annoying little people. The mail arrived and I received my Mount Allison Alumni magazine, The Record. As I flipped through the pages I started to cry as memories flooded in. I saw familiar faces and read about my classmates’ achievements. I felt twinges of sadness, jealousy, and failure. I wanted to be on the pages of the magazine, celebrated for my hard work. But my line of work doesn’t often get that kind of recognition.
On the last page of The Record was an excerpt from a convocation speech given by Kevin Vickers, a former sergeant-at-arms who took down the shooter at Parliament Hill on October 22nd, 2014. I read the first paragraph and stood in disbelief.
I want to talk to you today about two things that I believe can help you as you move on in life. The first one is called instilling the value of dignity, respecting the dignity of man and the second one I want to talk to you about is the importance of mothers.
He went on to talk about the love and support his mother showed him after the tragic event he was involved in, and ended with this:
So I just want to stress to you the importance of mothers, because Class, you’re going to have your October 22nd and always remember that your mother is there who loves you, who will protect you, and always stand with you.
The tears kept flowing as I silently thanked God, Mount Allison and Kevin Vickers for telling me exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. For reminding me that this season of parenthood, although tiring and challenging, is so very important. I won’t win an Alumni Award for the work that I do every day. But just because I am not recognized or awarded in a magazine doesn’t mean that what I do is not extremely important, valuable and noteworthy.
After taking a minute to compose myself, I went to my three year old and sat on the floor. Out of the blue, he said, “I love you Mommy.” I then resumed crying, this time out of joy and guilt, to which he said, “Don’t cry, Mommy!” and as I closed my eyes and leaned my head on my hands he said, “Don’t sleep, Mommy!” And then I laughed.
Here’s to all of you hard working mothers. You deserve the highest praise and recognition. You may not appear in your Alumni Magazine and that is okay. You are amazing and what you are doing matters so much. Keep going, keep smiling, and be kind to yourself.
Just look at how wonderful you are!
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Florianópolis, the city and island on which I currently live, is absolutely stunning. Composed of several unique bairros(neighbourhoods), there is always somewhere interesting to explore, and in my case, photograph! I’ve taken these photos over the last couple of years, and while it doesn’t cover everything, it’s a start. I hope you enjoy, and are inspired to come and visit!
First of all, a map of Florianopolis:
Santo Antônio(close to Sambaqui):
I absolutely love Santo Antonio, with its Portuguese architecture, seafood restaurants right on the water, beautiful sunsets, and small town feel.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, its name means “soft beach.”
Lagoinha do Norte:
Our friend Pepe has a beach house here that we spent a day at last year. A beautiful spot.
Barra da Lagoa:
This colourful neighbourhood has a cute beach-town vibe. There are lovely natural pools you can hike to and swim in(so much fun). In the winter penguins migrate through.
Riberão da lha:
Another sweet neighbourhood in the south of the island with more Portuguese architecture and is so quaint and quiet you almost feel as if you’ve gone back in time, or perhaps have been transported to Europe. It’s absolutely lovely and I’m so glad we live close by. A fabulous place to sit and watch the sunset.
The southernmost beach of the island, it takes a 50 minute hike up and down the side of a mountain to reach it. I recommend running shoes and not carrying small children.
Costa da Lagoa:
R$15 and a thirty minute boat ride will take you to Costa da Lagoa, where you can visit these lovely waterfalls:
South of the island:
The neighbourhood we lived in for a year upon our arrival.
The neighbourhood I lived in on my first trip to Floripa in 2008. It’s right in the middle of the island and is the best place to go for arts, culture, cute cafes and nightlife. Not to mention sand dunes and a beautiful warm lagoon.
Stay tuned for more!
Oi! I’ve published a new page called Life in Brazil, and you should check it out! I wanted a special place to keep all of my Brazil posts organized, so this is it – hopefully it will help others to find what they are looking for more easily. You can click here to see it or click on the link at the top of the page(if you’re on your computer).
In the near future I’m going to show you a bunch of pictures I’ve taken recently around the island, so stay tuned!
Até mais! (See you later!)