I recently moved to the Hydrostone and wanted to get to know my new neighborhood, so I joined in on one of the Local Tasting Tours' Open Kitchen Food Tours.
After a glorious Thanksgiving weekend, I'm getting caught up on a bit of blogging and am excited to share my annual I Love Local HFX's City Harvest adventure with you!
I love it when couples ask if they can bring their pets along to an engagement shoot... I always say of course! They are part of the family too! Caper (the little one) and Italia (the bigger one) came along with Julianne and David to our shoot at Rainbow Haven. They were hilarious and so cute together, best buddies.
From the very beginning, my experience at 108 Yoga was warm and welcoming. The space is calm and relaxing and the members are all skill levels, ages and body types. I always feel comfortable and supported by the instructors as well as the other members in each class. There are lots of options for different kinds of classes running throughout the week at different times during the day. I love that I never feel rushed or pressured to go beyond my own personal challenges (or to compare myself to other members). The instructors at 108 encourage everyone to listen to their own bodies and go at their own pace... I really appreciate that because some days just feel rougher than others! The important thing, for me anyway, is to consistently show up and do my best, whatever that might look like!
My two favorite days of the year in Halifax: Open City and City Harvest hosted by I Love Local HFX. These events encourage Haligonians to experience a selection of what Halifax has to offer all in one day, so that they become better ambassadors for Halifax and to get more out of life in the city. This is year three and I see more and more people participating each year. Shops, restaurants, cultural organizations, attractions, charities and government all participated in over 100 locations! The energy is always happy and enthusiastic... our sluggish spring weather didn't even slow the crowds down!
I'm kicking off a new monthly blog series featuring local businesses I love and support! These businesses are members of I Love Local HFX, a group of independent businesses that are committed to supporting and strengthening our community here in Halifax. These local business owners offer products and services that make our city a vibrant place to shop, eat and live. One of my favorite shops in downtown Halifax is Inkwell Boutique! This shop is full of everything a creative soul will appreciate: beautiful handmade paper goods, custom printed textiles, design and lifestyle magazines and unique gifts. Most of these items are made locally! It's the perfect place to pick up a special card (just in time for Valentine's Day!) or a quirky gift to surprise a friend.
As a photographer who loves vibrant colour, big smiles and lots of laughter, this photo shoot with Colette and Laura of Red Balloon is easily one of my favorites. The concept they brought to me to launch their brand new website was the carnival. Yes please, sign me up! These images are full of energy, whimsy and joy... everything you can expect from an experience with Red Balloon!
Today is Bell Let's Talk Day! I was excited to photograph the #ShineALight event at Grand Parade on Sunday evening kicking off this important conversation about mental health. Bell Let's Talk is committed to the promotion and support of mental health awareness across Canada and I was happy to see such a large crowd full of positive energy out to take part in this event. Even the family pets got involved!
I had a great time at Podcamp Halifax again this year, I always do! It was my fifth time photographing the event. It's fun to see so many new faces and to catch up with friends I see every year. It's a busy day full of conversations about social media, blogging, web design... anything internet related. We have so much creative and technical talent here in Halifax!