1,000 Awesome Things writer winding down beloved blog

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Through my lens: small photography portfolio

This slideshow covers a very broad viewpoint of some of the photojournalism and photo essays I have been working on over the past few months.

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Cupid’s day of reign

It’s Valentines Day, and I’m in a long distance relationship. There are a lot of sad, bitter things I could try to complain about right now, but in the spirit of this romantic 24 hours, I have decided to opt out of the “I-hate-my-love-life” Valentine rant.

So today, I am granting all couples a get-out-of-jail-free card. Go ahead, make out on the escalator in front of me. I’ll be applauding you when we reach the top.

What other way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with wedding pictures. I had the wonderful experience of attending Tanner and Vicki Bowers’ wedding this past month, and took my Nikon (and boyfriend..!) as a date.

Here are some of the results.

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Dance with Somebody

In memory of an amazing singer. I grew up dancing to this song.

RIP Whitney Houston.

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Learning from the best

Peter Bregg is one of Canada’s top photojournalists. He also happens to one of  my instructors at Ryerson University. If someday, I can have a career like this man has had, I’ll be a very fortunate individual.

Just look up his name. You’ll understand.

“Sometimes you don’t see the forest, because the trees are in the way”

-Peter Bregg, 2012

Peter Bregg teaching our course how to take photographs during a news conference on February 10, 2012/Joelle Tomlinson

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Why don’t we print photographs anymore?

This post shows what I have been reflecting on this for the past few weeks. I sense a DIY project coming on!

Photography by Emma

Today, the amount of technology around us is immense. We live in a super fast, highly technological era. I find that this digital aspect of life is taking up a large proportion of the real lives of people. When was the last time you took the time to have a photograph printed, framed & hung in your home?

To those who do take the time, I commend you. But to those who don’t, why not?

Personally, I decided that it was time to print a lot of my photos and hang them in lovely frames around my home. Since then, it’s really added to the comfort of my living space. The place you live should reflect you, and you should feel comfortable. You could even make it a DIY project and find creative ways to hang up your portraits, I scoured the world wide web and found loads of…

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Wholesome Banana Bread

After searching the internet for some healthy banana bread options, by some weird twist of fate, my phone went off.

And what else did my message say but “you need to try this banana bread recipe my sister gave me.” Sometimes things just work out that way. It’s better not to question it. I am definitely not questioning the delicious result I got with this recipe, and a few tweaks I made here and there.

The dense bread has a light banana flavour, with a nutty overtone. It is a great substitute for the overly processed variety of banana bread you would normally find in a supermarket. In fact, there is no butter in this recipe at all (if you substitute the vegetable oil).

Thank you Emma!

Banana bread, green tea and a book. A perfect way to avoid the university workload.


2 cups Robin Hood Nutri-Flour Blend (or 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour mixed with 1/2 cup wheat bran)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (I used Sucanat)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed or flaxmeal (optional)
1 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups mashed RIPE bananas
3/4 cup plain yogurt (2%) [could be fat free,can substitute fat free sour cream]
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted [can sub. vegetable oil]
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, ground flax, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla. 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips, being careful not to overmix the batter.

Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until wooden skewer inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. 

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. 

Slice and serve or wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Tip: The bananas must be very, very ripe (sweet!) for this banana bread as there’s very little added sugar.


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