What is bringing you Joy right now? Please tell me in the comments below :)

In this moment of loss & uncertainty I've been trying to focus on what is bringing me joy right now and I thought I would share a few of the simple things that are making me smile. I'd love to hear what is bringing you joy!

My Guinea Pigs!

Many of you may not know that I have two guinea pigs named Sweet Pea & Pumpkin. These hilarious quirky tiny girls crack me up. I am getting a lot of joy from sitting in their room (they took over our former guestroom) listening to them wheek and watching them popcorn. In fact I'm writing this in the guinea pigs' room right now. I hope these photos will make you laugh and bring you a smile. Introducing Sweet Pea & Pumpkin!

Olive's Successful Recovery

Our puppy Olive was diagnosed with severe hip dyplasia and we were told she couldn't live that way without surgery. We are grateful that we have amazing pet insurance and our vet referred us to an incredible surgeon who specializes in the surgery Olive needs. Perhaps the only positive of losing my work this summer has been that we have been able to be with Olive and support her in her recovery. I have found immense joy in watching Olive's positive progress after her total hip replacement. By Christmas Olive will have 2 steel hips making her our bionic miracle puppy. It has been joyful to watch her make positive progress and know that this year allowed us to give Olive the surgeries she needed to live a full life. I am inspired by Olive's resilience. This puppy has brought me so much joy.

Sewing a Pandemic Puppy

Like so many others once my friend in SF lost her job and entered into Shelter in Place she considered finally being able to adopt a rescue dog like she's spoken about for years. That started a joyful text thread between 3 of us that was dedicated to rescue dog profiles that were available to adopt. It was a happy escape to imagine which dogs would suit our friend best. While an adoption isn't in the cards right now we continue to share potential pups. I found a really cute dog sewing pattern and made a tiny felt pandemic puppy to mail my friend as a joke. Complete with a real dog tag engraved with the name she shared she would have for her future rescue dog.

It has all been a joyful distraction.

Snail Mail from from Friends

My friends in SF shared with me that they have seen so many businesses shuttered and boarded up during this time of loss for so many small businesses. In a gesture of support one of my friends bought masks being made by the bag company in her neighbourhood around the corner from her apartment and mailed them to all her friends. Right now where you spend your money can have a huge impact on small businesses that are struggling to get by. We were lucky to receive them. It was joyful to get mail.  Here's Kevin and I in our handmade masks that are in our wedding colours!

Dog Walks

Our dog walks have brought me so much joy. Dog walks have helped me to stay in the moment and they have created a sense of normalcy amongst so much change & uncertainty in our family. Lately we've been taking advantage of Main Street in Canmore being closed to traffic and walking our dogs right down the middle of Main Street. It's been perfect practice for Olive to get used to the world that has been unusually quiet.

I always mean to take my "real" camera out with us on dog walks but alas the iPhone usually wins out in documenting our daily lives.

Window Swap

My favourite pandemic online creation has been Window Swap. With so many in lockdown and unable to travel this online website invited people from all over the world to share the views from their windows. It is a peaceful virtual escape. I have found joy in seeing so many personal views of the world.

If you are willing to share I would really love to hear what is bringing you joy right now. Please share with me in the comments below. I find I've been craving good news right now.


Hello my name is Kirstie and I am a wedding photographer who specializes in photographing weddings & elopements in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise & Emerald Lake. I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since 2004 and feel very lucky to call this place home. I live in Canmore with my husband Kevin and our 3 rescue dogs Mabel, Olive & Bandit.