JILL + JON: first look

Here’s a little peek of an engagement session I did for my friend Jill and her fiance this week. Jill is honestly one of the most artistic, competent, and all-around lovely people I have met, and I am so happy for her and Jon. I am really looking forward to shooting their wedding in July, and am grateful for the opportunity. Thanks for such a nice afternoon, my friends!

Furthermore, I’d like to give a special shout-out to the employees at Transcend coffee. Although they were already shut for the afternoon, they were kind enough to wait for a few minutes, after their shift had already ended, to allow us to grab a few shots. Incredibly kind. I am a huge fan of this cafe, and if you live in Edmonton or are passing through, I highly recommend you pay them a visit. Thank you so much.

Finally, in other news, I will be updating this site much more often in the next while, as I’m finished school (finally) in only a few short days now. I’ve kind of neglected this blog for a few weeks, but, not to worry, I haven’t fallen off the tracks just yet. :)


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THE KRYGERS: family portraits, part two

Hello, friends!

I apologize that it’s been a little while since I’ve posted. In the past two weeks, I have given an hour-long presentation, and pumped out 60 pages of writing. Why did I sign up to do a MA degree in English? I have no idea…

I was finally able to get these photos in the hands of the very patient Kryger family, therefore I’d like to share a full post with you now. If you haven’t already seen my “first look” posting from some weeks ago, I encourage you to do so here: http://carmynjoyblog.myfotojournal.com/2011/feb/15/krygers-family-portraits/. I think some of these images are absolute new favourites of mine. Again, I had such a wonderful time with this family.

And, as promised, here are some more.

I have SO many delightful summer plans, (more on that in a post to come soon), and I really look forward to sharing the images I’m able to capture along the way with you. All best,


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MUSIC: joanna newsom

Sometimes I sing.  Sometimes I procrastinate on important school work.  Today, this was the result:


EAT: weekend mornings

Lazy mornings and coffee.
Two loves of mine.


INSPIRED: instagram

For a reason I cannot really explain, I always harboured a bit of an aversion towards the iPhone application “Instagram.” Maybe it was the fact that my Facebook feed was always getting cluttered by others’ updates, or that I had some snobby notion that iPhone photos souped up with fancy filters somehow didn’t “count.”

That was, in true hypocrite fashion, until I joined yesterday. I am irrevocably hooked. It’s like a flickr meets Facebook; in other words, a sort of dream world for photographers and social networking nerds like myself. No, this does not mean I’m trading in my SLR for very low-resolution pictures intended to be viewed only on a 3 x 2 inch screen. But, it does mean that I feel like I have a platform from which to share those occasional snap shots. (Especially considering I don’t own a point and shoot). And, best of all, I have already found myself viewing my usual surroundings and daily commutes with a sharper eye.

So, join me, if you will! I promise it’s fun. My username (no surprise): “carmynjoy.”

In other news, I gave my very first public reading yesterday at the U of Alberta, sharing some of the poetry I’ve written. It was a wonderful experience and I received a lot of positive feedback. I have been asked to read at another gathering in May, a goal that finally gives me more than just my (weak) instrinsic motivation to rely on in order to produce some new work. I’m very pleased about that.

Happy Friday, everyone!


FLEET FOXES: new music

Fleet Foxes released a new track and video today from their upcoming album Helplessness Blues, and I think it might be one of my all-time favourites by them. “Grown Ocean” conjures up those warm, moving, life-is-beautiful-and-worth-it emotions for me. Happy Wednesday, 


(Watch it here): http://vimeo.com/21577557

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UP NEXT: family portraits

School is eating me alive right now.

However, in order to maintain some sense of sanity and fun, I’ve been chipping away at this family session. I should have a full post of this wonderful group of five (http://carmynjoyblog.myfotojournal.com/2011/feb/15/krygers-family-portraits/) up in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I am a fan of this image. What a lovable character.


EAT: saturday morning


FRIDAY: sushi and bronwen

I had sushi with my best friend today.
It was lovely.


GOOD WORDS: blankets

Blankets is a beautiful graphic novel that I finally picked up last week. I’ve been meaning to read it for a couple of years already, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Thompson is a master of his craft, yielding ache-inducing poetry and stunning imagery on every page. He brilliantly captures the trials of adolescence and recreates the pangs and awkwardness of first love so vividly, that his story quickly becomes your own.








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