30 minutes in the life - The power of a walk

Here we are in September and I find myself right in the middle of what seems like a crazy storm of back to school routines, extra-curricular activities and commitments. The month of September is always a busy one as we try to settle and find balance with the new school year. October always seems to bring that balance but getting there sure can be a bumpy road.

I was recently reminded by a good friend of the importance to take time to be outdoors, and we are working on that. It is amazing how refreshing a walk with some sunshine can feel.

On a recent Sunday evening with a never ending list of things to do, weekly preparation, household chores….we put them all on hold. We got outside and for 30 minutes didn’t think about any of the other stuff.

And we all came back a little more relaxed, a little more refreshed, and ready to tackle that to-do list.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about a brief moment in my life this month. I’ve teamed up with a group of super talented photographers who are dedicated to photographing 30 minutes in their lives every month. Next up in our blog circle is Sharleen Stuart

I went to the ocean, but apparently didn't photograph it

This July I headed back to beautiful PEI to attend a photography conference. My second year attending Land and See and it was every bit as amazing as the first year. I tried to look at things a little differently than the previous year, photograph different areas, and different light. The lack of red sand and ocean in the photos below is visual proof, but having had a couple weeks to reflect I can honestly say this experience was different than last year. I took fewer photos and took in more of the experience. Spending time with not only some of my favourite photographers, but favourite people. Listening to their words, absorbing the atmosphere, taking it all in, and appreciating the time. Until next year PEI

30 minutes in the life - 0 frogs but 843 mosquito bites

A few years ago during an unusually wet spring/summer the kids went frog hunting with a few of their friends. It’s been one of their favourite all time memories and they routinely bring it up. With the last several summers being exceptionally dry the frog population has been lacking in abundance. These last couple weeks have blessed us with a great deal of rain and at last we could hear the frogs calling.

We set out one fateful evening in search of a new amphibian friend to call our own. Having zero knowledge on anything frog related, I let the kids lead the way and they had some strong opinions on the best approach to take. Each of them took their turn implementing the next big idea.

Our adventure was serenaded by the songs of what I can only imagine were 2 million very shy frogs who enlisted the help of their mosquito friends as back up singers. We had some close encounters but ultimately came home empty handed. We left the soggy fields that evening with no new additions to The Soeder household, what I can only assume was collectively 843 mosquito bites, and a few lessons on how not to catch a frog.

I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing photographers to capture 30 minutes in the life each month. To follow along with our group next up is Jess of The Art of Adventures Photography: https://theartofadventures.com/30-minutes-in-ju…ing-at-the-beach/

30 minutes in the life - A gloomy Sunday afternoon.

Our forecast has called for rain consistently for the last several weeks yet it always seems to miss us. As I type this it is finally pouring much needed rain outside. It was a cool, and cloudy, wet weekend. We all spent time inside the warmth of the house.

Lego, video games, drawing, homework and reading were all on the table. I always think it is funny that no matter what the kids are doing, if I lay down for a quiet few moments in bed they will always quickly find me. Crawling underneath the covers to cuddle, telling me about their day, their troubles, asking questions, or telling me silly jokes. Sometimes I just find them in my bed, pretending to be asleep, and then giggling when they think they have tricked me. Which was the case this dreary afternoon.

yqr family photographer

We ended up spending some time together, relaxing just the 4 of us. They pulled out a book and took turns reading to one another and it was just the perfect way to spend the afternoon. I find as they all get older and life gets a little busier we have to make more of an effort to spend time with one another. This both makes me a little sad, yet makes me appreciate our time together that much more.


I hope that no matter how old they get they always feel like they have a safe place to come to, to visit, to share, to confide, or just take a few quiet moments to recharge. I’ve come to realize that I need these moments just as much as they do.


Thanks so much for reading along. I’ve teamed up with a group of talented photographers to capture 30 minutes in the life. Next up in the blog circle is Kim Sidwell Photography, see what she captured this month at https://kimsidwellphotography.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/

Motherhood Mini Sessions

Mom’s I want to celebrate you this April! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got thousands of pictures of my kids and I can probably count on my hands how many of those photos I am in . It’s important for our kids to have not just memories of us but also photographs. Come hang out with me Saturday April 20th in a warm and inviting local greenhouse and together we will create these memories for you and your kids.

The details: Saturday April 20th from 1-3pm. Session must be reserved ahead of time and space is limited. The sessions will be 15 minutes and are just 150.00 You will receive 5 included digital images with the option to purchase additional images for just 25.00/image. The images are guaranteed to be ready by Mothers day!