Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(Not So) Instant Gratification

In this age of iphones, ipads, laptops, email, text messaging - you get the picture - I can honestly say that seeing these two young girls so enthralled with their vintage manual typewriters was nothing short of refreshing.  Visit Joe Vintage on Etsy.com to check out these typewriters in more juicy colours, along with other cool retro pieces.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Please Help Me Help the Kids!

I shot these photos two years ago when I volunteered my time to shoot the children at a second stage transition house during a mother's day event put on by Cause We Care.  Looking at these photos again and the faces of the children prompted me to help them, and others like them.

Cause We Care is a wonderful organization whose mission is to help improve the lives of other women and their children who are less fortunate.  As a mother myself, I cannot imagine what single moms go through to raise their children happy and healthy, let alone if they are living in abusive relationships that they had to leave and now have to live below the poverty line.  In fact, approximately 1 our of every 4 children in Metro Vancouver are living below the poverty line, this is shameful considering we live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  This is not their fault nor did their mothers make poor choices that resulted in living in poverty.  A combination of factors, such as a lack of child care and housing, low minimum wage rates, a reduction to funding in education as well as the challenges balancing work and parenting responsibilities.  Can you imagine if this was you?

This is why I want to help.  Having hosted a few successful mini photo session fundraisers in 2010, I thought this would be a great way for me to help.  I ask that you please help me make a difference in these children's lives so please share this post and come to my fundraiser and get some great photos of your kids and help other kids in need at the same time - a win-win!

In a nutshell here's the information you need to attend the fundraiser:

Date:  Sunday, April 17th, 2011 from 10 to 1 pm

Where:  Pebble Baby Store located at 2675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC

RSVP to Noelene at noelenes@shaw.ca

What you get:  No one will be turned away but we do suggest a minimum donation of $50 per session.  In exchange for your donation, you will receive a jpeg sized to print up to 4x6 when you leave your email address.

For more information on the event, you can view the invite here and for the press release, please click here.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quant'รจ Bella Giovinezza

The title of this post comes from Leonardo de Medici and in English means "how beautiful is youth" which, in my opinion, nicely sums up this series of portraits of my niece.  If you love this series as much as I do, you will surely love this one also.