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2012 in Review


Decorations for the Baby Shower I Threw for a Friend – Inspired by InkObsessionDesigns

It’s already almost the end of January and 2013 has already started to pick up, so 2012 almost seems like a faint memory despite it being less than a month ago. Such is life, I guess.


Newborn Shoot for a Friend

2012 was definitely a year full of firsts, challenges and triumphs. I also apparently took way more photos than I thought – as can be seen with the accompanying collages (look at alt-text for descriptions!) I also finished my Photography Certificate of Achievement through SAIT – go figure that procrastinating me has yet to submit my form to get the actual certificate.


Annual Field Trip

In 2012, I got my first “Real” job, watched one of my siblings get married,  Shot a wedding as the Primary Photographer, climbed a 10,000ft Mountain and sent out a Christmas card and letter. You know, small things like that.

Right to left - Living Room, Bedroom Dresser, Dining Area, Upstairs game area; View from Deck

House my Family let for my Brother’s Wedding

First of all, I learned a LOT at work. Not just technical stuff, but things about myself like how I am more capable than I think I am and that I can survive through embarrassing situations where I wish the floor would swallow me up as have fun to boot!

Okay, I’ll fill you in – at the end of August, I went up to Fort St. John on a field trip and I was so out of it on the first day that I dropped my glass of water on the floor (and all over myself) while at the client’s office. Go me! Despite being super spastic, I ended up having fun, but it could also because I have a tendency to get incredibly hyper when I’m really, really tired. I’ll keep believing the former as it makes me feel better about myself.

Lottie, Dad being silly, Fun with the Camera and Campfire

Summer Fun at the Cabin

Mr. Bean and I also spent a fair amount of time at the cabin having fires. I ate waaaaaay too many s’mores, but I justify it by saying that I’m making up for almost 12+ years of not eating them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Sunsets on Vancouver Island, Seal at Leisure & Mr. Bean with his fresh shrimp.

Vancouver Island

I also learned that I need to be better at taking care of myself. There was a period in June and July (before I went on a glorious vacation) that all I did was work, ride my bike to and from work, eat and sleep. I had no desire (or time) to do anything with other people. Not exactly the best example of enjoying life to its fullest. Or at all.


Friend’s Engagement Photos

While shooting my first official wedding, I gained even more respect for wedding photographers – everything happens SO quickly and you can really only hope that you’re able to capture everything and that it looks good. I was so happy that Mr. Bean helped me!

Shot with the help of Mr. Bean!

Friend’s Wedding Photos

I did manage to do a bit of hiking in 2012 – first I went with my parents to Mt. Lipsett in Kananaskis, Piper Pass in Kananaskis with my family while my sister was visiting, the Plain of the Six Glaciers in Lake Louise with my mom (where we saw a huge chunk of ice fall off a glacier – very cool) and to Pocaterra Cirque with Mr. Bean during the height of the larch trees. I LOVE larch trees.

Top - Larch Tree Reflections, Mr. Bean and I, My Mum on the Elbow Trail, View from Mount Lipsett, Chateau Lake Louise, My parents on Mount Lipsett & Larch Trees in the Pocaterra Cirque

Hiking in 2012 – Mt. Lipsett, Piper’s Pass/Elbow Trail, Lake Louise – Plain of the Six Glaciers, Pocaterra Cirque

My mom and I also went on a backpacking trip into the Skoki area in behind Lake Louise ski hill in Banff National Park. There, we climbed Mt. Richardson – take that, fear of heights! – my first 10,000 ft peak. We had a few issues with weather (hiking in the pouring rain isn’t the most fun), with our camp stove, forgetting sunscreen only to realize that there was some in the care after we went back to the Lake Louise townsite to get more and thinking that sunscreen was lotion, but we still had fun. We also ate delicious dehydrated meals, similar to our previous meals. The area was so beautiful that I convinced Mr. Bean that it would be a good idea to head to Skoki Lodge for our 5th wedding anniversary this year (in the same cabin that Will & Kate stayed in when they visited in 2011!)

Neat Ice, Mt. Richardson (totally climbed that!), Scarily Tame Marmot, View from the top of Mt. Richardson, View from Mt. Richardson to Lake Louise, Alpine Creek, My Mom atop Mt. Richardson, Hiking In

Annual Backpacking Trip with my Mom

The year ended well and poorly – we celebrated a wonderful Christmas with both sides of our family and I baked a lot. Unfortunately, shortly after Christmas, I got the flu which eventually morphed into viral Bronchitis. I guess it was okay – it’s only because I was sick that I made all these storyboards!

Mysterious Clouds over moon, Ocean Dusk, View from Parking Lot, Star Trails, City Lights from Cabin

Night Photography

What are the best moments of 2012 for you?


Filed under Life, Photography, Thoughts

The Newly Convocated Bean

Yesterday, I walked across a stage and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering. (With Distinction!)

It’s somewhat a bizarre feeling to know that I’m done my undergrad and that I most likely won’t  be going  back to school in the fall.

I’m going to try to appear around here more frequently now that I’m convocated and that our trip to Europe is complete, but life seems to be doing a good job of placing priorities elsewhere. Unless, of course, anyone is interested in seeing pictures from Europe. 😉


Filed under Life, School

My Iron Ring

It took a while to get these photos from my dad, but here I am with my newest piece of jewellery:

To prove to you non-believers that there are women in engineering (and yes, there are more than nine. In chem, anyways 😉 ):

In your profession, do you have anything like the “iron ring?”


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There are a few exciting things that are happening in my corner of the world in the next few days. I’ll give you a hint, it involves this:

and this:
Feb. 28, 2010 - Whistler, British Columbia, Canada - Fans celebrate Canada's gold medal victory over USA in Men's Hockey at the Vancouver Olympics 2010 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, February 28, 2010.

and this (without the communist part(y)).

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the last one.

I am not responsible for anyone drinking copious amounts of alcohol or wearing lamp shades over the next few days. And no, I am definitely not communist, I just find that picture hilarious.


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African Praise Celebration

Today at my parent’s church was a big celebration because a Bishop from Nigeria was visiting. It definitely wasn’t your average church service – there was lots of singing, praying and of course, dancing.

My brother busted out some moves with the pastor:

The women of the church did their own dance:


I love what they’re wearing – their hats? Amazing. I seriously want a similar outfit.


Even Mama Bean danced along:


The men drummed for a while and then they all got up to dance:


Even Mr. Bean went and joined them!


Doesn’t brother Bean look spiffy?


With all the dancing and singing, I can understand how church in Nigeria can easily be 5 hours long!

What’s the most interesting church service you’ve been to?


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