The thing about life is that it’s always changing.
In a lot of ways I love change, but in a lot of ways I don’t like it not one little bit. Like when this year my husband was to be posted in Edmonton, and my home and place of work would change. I didn’t like that at all. But, then he got a transfer to Fort McMurray so we’ll be staying put! I’m very happy about that.
This is our home. We’ve watched it grow from a one radio station city that played hard rock and only hard rock all day long (hard rock is good, but variety is nice), where people came with a five year plan, and women were easily out-numbered three to one (that’s probably a generous number). We are now growing into a family city where people want to raise their own families, and where even new comers are happy to show those who speak negatively about our city exactly where they can find Highway 63 South. This change is beautiful, and inspiring, and so absolutely exciting to be a part of.
I was going to write an “End of Year Review” that talked about my work, goals and amazing clients. But, the happiest news this year is that we’re staying, and have the fortune to continue being a part of the growth of Fort McMurray and showing the rest of Canada that this is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and dream big. Here are some of my favorite photos from this year (featuring some of my oh so amazing clients, of course!) to prove it.
1. People do get married in Fort McMurray, and we have amazing vendors to help brides with venues, decor, hair and makeup, dresses and jewellery, cakes and cupcakes and flowers. One of our proudest moments of 2014 was a feature in Weddingbells magazine of a beautiful winter wedding, with tons of personality in the details!
(The following photo is obviously not shot in Fort McMurray…but hey if you’re not getting married here, why not go tropical?? That dress was bought right here, though!)
But, Fall, Winter and Spring are beautiful as well!
3. Women are no longer out-numbered. Incredibly beautiful, sexy and brave – I’ve met dozens this year just like this. They are all overcoming fears, celebrating life’s precious milestones and hard work.
4. Families are started here. In fact, LOTS of babies are born here! There’s evidence of this everywhere. You don’t have to go far from your house to see a young mom pushing a stroller, a couple expecting a new little one, or a brand new school being built. I am very excited for these precious little people, and the opportunities that they will have here!
5. We work hard and dream big! Some will say it’s money that affords us the opportunity to make our dreams happen (yes, I totally just called that out). I disagree. I believe it’s because we’ve seen first-hand that hard work in a rapidly growing city gets you noticed and/or gets you that promotion you were hoping for. We are driven by this, not money, to make things happen.
This year, like every other year, I wrote down my goals. They are posted on my computer monitor, and I will scratch each one off as I accomplish them. My biggest goal for 2014 was to attend a photography workshop. Not just any workshop, I needed to learn from the best in the industry. Going to New York City and New Jersey to a workshop with one of the very best in the business, Cliff Mautner, meant I had to work harder this summer but it paid off in a big way. It was, by far, the best thing I could have ever done for my business and myself (see my review and more photos here).
6. Finally, the big one. Fort McMurray is not a baron nuclear wasteland. It’s actually quite beautiful, with tons of gorgeous locations for photos…not one truck was spotted bulldozing down trees during these sessions of Fort McMurray residents enjoying the beautiful outdoors that is this city. And, that’s all I have to say about that 🙂