Best of 2010

It’s a little late, but what the heck. I’ve never done a full year recap on my blog – only a summer recap in photos – probably because it’s very time-consuming. But this year was pretty special, with a lot of news-worthy items to share, so… let’s get started.

January

I did a contract gig from January to March for AdHack. Some of you might remember.

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I also started doing more contract work for Alex Lee PR, Wesley Behan, RE/MAX Crest Realty, & Tell Ten Friends.

February

There was this event that took place in Vancouver that was pretty huge. You might have heard about it.

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Women's Slovakia vs. Russia game

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Oh yeah, and my Mom carried the Olympic Torch in Powell River on February 4th, right before it made its way back to Vancouver for the Opening Ceremonies. KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

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March

Always the best month. My birthday! I celebrated at Sanafir with some of my best girlfriends. Photo courtesy of Erin Buttler.

I took photos of Jerra’s baby belly for her, a month before she gave birth. I love this photo of her.

Maternity Photos

April

Twestival Vancouver, held at the CBC Studio. Photo by Jonathan Hanley.

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April 26th, my best friend Jerra’s baby girl, Halle, was born.

May

The Vancouver Sun Run fell on Mother’s Day. As usual, I ran it with my Mom, my friend Danica, and her mom Leslie. We were even featured in the paper, and I wrote a post about it.

Chelsea came to visit BC, all the way from Minnesota!

June

Launch Party Vancouver 9 put on by Bootup. Photo of my brother Jordan and I, by Jeremy Lim.

Launch Party Vancouver 9

Conviction Kitchen Season 2 started filming in Vancouver.

Conviction Restaurant @ Delilah's

The last get-together with Liz and Di, before they took off for summer holidays, and before they both moved away from Vancouver. *tear*

Di + Liz + I

July

Fun times with fun peeps.

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Our annual family getaway to our cabin, Kokanee Cedar, on Powell Lake.

Kokanee Cedar

Kokanee Cedar

We were also in Powell River for Sea Fair weekend.

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Seafair

And on the 27th of July, my niece Ava Lorraine Hyunseon Behan was born. Love at first sight.

July was a good month.

August

Conviction Kitchen Season 2 wrap-up party for the last day of filming in Vancouver.

Conviction Kitchen Wrap up Party

Then back to Powell River for Ava’s christening and for her to meet all of her Behan + Adams family.

On August 27th, my good friend Liz had a little boy named Micah. He was born a little bit early, and there were a few complications, which required him to be flown from the Powell River Hospital to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. But that boy had a big heart and will to live, baby, and he is now as strong as ever, keeping his parents mighty busy. <3

September

Amanda’s birthday, Stacey P’s birthday/housewarming party, my Dad’s birthday, my cousin Cooper’s birthday, etc. Lots of people are born in September.

October

I got my new-to-me Nikon D90! Hence, the increase in photos in my Flickr stream. Gobble, gobble.

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There was gorgeous weather in October, if you remember.

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Oh yeah, I got a new job!

November

Riot Fashion Show at Guilt & Co. to play around with the new camera.

Stacey + Amber

December

First trip to Mt. Baker and first ride of the season with Buttler! So snowy and delicious. And it was like a mini vacation because I had to take my passport. Yippee! Photo courtesy of Erin Buttler.

Some kick-arse holiday parties.

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Christmas with the fam in PR.

Jaxon’s very first time on skates. He loved it. And it was Ava’s first Christmas.

Auntie Janis - get me outta here!

Happy New Year!

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What was your “Best of 2010”? Or rather, what are you looking forward to in 2011?

The Switch from Pentax K100D to Nikon D90

A few years ago, I won a Pentax K100D, my first DSLR (like Mother, like Daughter!), and that is when I started to fall in love with photography. I didn’t know a thing at first, except for maybe the rule of thirds, but I happened to take decent pictures now and again without even really trying. I taught myself, along with a little help from my brother Jordan, how to use my new camera.

I’ve had a few years with it now, and while I did love my Pentax and get to know it really well, I felt it was really just my “learning camera,” and I was ready to move on to something bigger and better. As we all know, there’s quite the debate over Canon vs. Nikon. I do happen to be a Canon fan; my point-and-shoot is a Canon and I love it. But most of the photographers I know, when asked for advice on what kind of camera to buy, usually suggest buying the same brand of camera as someone you know so that you can share gear with each other. Jordan has the Nikon D80, and has been whispering in my ear for some time that if I want to upgrade, I should go for the D90, probably because he wants to have access to one! It made sense, though. We would be able to share lenses or other gear quite easily, and he could show me the ins and outs of the camera.

Buying the D90 brand new right now was out of my price range, but I still really wanted it. Well, it just so happened that the other day, someone I know mentioned on twitter that he was thinking of making the switch from the Nikon D90 to the Canon 5D Mark II, for video purposes. That got my attention, so I asked if he was going to be selling the D90. Turns out he was, along with 3 lenses, a flash, an 8GB memory card, and a camera bag – all for a very good deal. I was sold.

So today, I have in my hands a new-to-me Nikon D90 camera that I can’t wait to experiment with and learn more about. I haven’t used it much yet, but I took it with me on a recent trip to Powell River for Thanksgiving dinner with the family, and I snapped a few photos. Thank you especially to my good friend and favourite hairdresser Stacey, for being such a good sport! This camera will probably be in your face quite a bit in the near future. That goes for the rest of you, too. If you thought I took a lot of photos before, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

First Photo Feature

Well, this is kind of exciting. I’ve never had one of my photos featured anywhere, except for maybe my own blog posts!

I’ve been doing some PR for Greg “FBT” Mueller, and on a recent visit to Breakfast Television with him where he was being interviewed, I snapped a few pictures of one of his gold bracelets that he won in the 2009 World Series of Poker. I’ve been keeping track of all of the articles featured on him throughout the 2010 WSOP, but there was a recent poker-related article where I was featured! Or one of my photos was, anyway.

Here is the link for the full article. There is a caption at the bottom and a link to my photo on Flickr. Not only that, it is a great article about the WSOP and Harrah’s Entertainment encouraging poker players to give 1% of their prize money in the 2010 WSOP to charity. Anyway, maybe not all that exciting to you, but kind of cool for me!

New Design Stuff for Wesley

I am still looking for a full-time job, but I have to say, this contract stuff is a lot of fun. I am working hard, and loving every minute of it! Taking photos, editing in Photoshop, designing marketing pieces, making promotional videos – I feel more creative right now than I have in a long time.

Let’s start with Wesley,  your Burnaby Condo Pro! In the past few weeks, I have designed a new notepad for him, and a “Just Sold” postcard for direct mail. Some of you might be receiving one, or even both of these in the next little while. I’m pretty excited about them.

New Notepad for WesleyBehan.com
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I’ve also taken photos at a few new listings, and helped update some of Wes’ client packages. The good thing is, my work seems to be paying off. Wes has had a great month! Cheers to Team Behan!

Greg “FBT” Mueller Video

While working at Alex Lee PR (which is a blast, by the way!), I have been able to work on my video-making skills to help promote our client, Canadian professional poker player Greg “Full-Blown Tilt” Mueller.

Greg has the opportunity to be one of the only Canadians to play in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. To make it into the tournament, you have to have won a WSOP bracelet (Greg won 2 in 2009), and you have to be voted in by your fans. Only 20 players can get voted in. It’s really easy to do – sign up (here) with your e-mail address, find Greg Mueller’s name, and VOTE!

Also, if you want to follow along on Greg’s journey to the 2010 WSOP, you can join his Facebook fan page, and visit his website, where all the current news, photos, and videos will be posted for his fans to see.

Here is a the little video we put together to promote Greg in the WSOP Tournament of Champions. AND, If you e-mail fan photos and F, B, & T photos to contactFBT@gmail.com, you will see them featured in an updated version of the video below. The more photos we receive, the better the video gets, so send them in. We’ll even credit you in the video!

My Olympics Project: The Olys

For the past few weeks, I have been doing some contract work at AdHack. It started out as an internship, and I was to write some case studies on the results of past clients who had used AdHack’s services, but it turned into something more.

The Olys

When the case studies were almost finished, James suggested doing an Olympic ad contest over the course of the Olympics and asked me if I was interested in running it. Of course, I agreed. I thought it was a fantastic idea. So that is how the Oly Awards came to be.

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The Flickr Group of Ads

The first thing we did was start a Flickr group to collect some of the advertising surrounding the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. There was a ton of advertising around town, far before the Olympics even started. We organized a photowalk to get some of the initial photos in the pool. Our goal on the day of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics was to have 50+ members and 500+ photos. We wanted to make sure there were enough people interested in the Olympics ads project, and would be willing to submit their photos. Well, we rocked it. The Flickr group now has over 80+ members and 800+ photos.

The Brands

I started writing a blog post or two a day during the Olympics on the major brands that were Official Sponsors of Vancouver 2010. We got some feedback from some of those brands too, which was great!

The Photo Contest

The next step was creating a photo contest at OlympicAdAwards.com. We set up a Strutta-powered contest for people to submit their best photos of Olympic Advertising. Our goal was to get 100 entries by the submission deadline. We got 115 entries and knocked it out of the park again.

The Judging

We enlisted some great judges to help us out with choosing the Best Brand and the Best Photo. They were:

We gave them a detailed scorecard to fill out on each of the brands. They are all Vancouverites, but they also had our Flickr group of Olympic ads for a resource in their judging. By the way, a HUGE thank you to the Judges who took the time out of their day to do this for us. They gave great feedback in the comments on some of the brands as well.

The Prizes

The 2 Prizes we sourced out to give to the winners, were original artwork by local Vancouverite Rachael Ashe. She alters books and turns them into the most unique and stunning pieces of art. The Best Brand was to receive “Swimming in a Sea of Words,” and Best Photo was to receive “The Butterfly Effect.”

The Winners

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In the end, it was a tight race, but Coca-Cola with their Open Happiness campaign beat out the Hudson’s Bay Company by three points! Congratulations Coca-Cola, you did a fine job.

For Best Photo, there were 10 finalists chosen by public voting, from the 115 entries. In the end, Kim Werker‘s photo of the Hudson’s Bay Company won the popular vote. Congratulations Kim!

View AdHack’s announcement on the blog, or view the official press release.

Well, that’s that. My Olympic project has come and gone. It was a blast, and so interesting to see what developed over the 17 days of the Olympics. Not only in regards to local, national, and worldwide advertising, but in being a Canadian, and a proud Vancouverite, and witnessing the best party Vancouver has ever thrown. I am so lucky to have taken this role and to have been a part of the Olympics while they were here in Vancouver in 2010. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

And now… a new adventure? I think so!

Shaking things up

Some of you may have already heard that I recently started working part-time for my older brother Wesley, who is a real estate agent for RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside. I am assisting with his marketing efforts, including everything from social networking sites, e-mail newsletters, and design projects like postcards and other direct mail pieces.
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My first project as Wes’ new Marketing Manager (I totally just gave myself that title, btw), was to create a simple flyer targeted towards people living in his own building (above).

Wesley Behan fan pageThe next step was to create a Facebook fan page for Wes. Since we’re talking about it, why don’t you go ahead and become a fan of Wesley Behan, RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside) right now? This is another medium, besides Wes’ blog, where people can re-connect with Wes, or find out what he’s up to. It’s not going to be Wes updating the page himself, tooting his own horn all day long; it’s going to be more about family and friends sharing links, photos, and video that pertain to Wes.

And, while we’re on the topic of social networking, if you’re a fan of twitter, and you’re not already following Wes,twitter.com/wesleybehan head on over to Wes’ twitter page and give him a follow. This is one of the best ways to see what Wes is up to on a daily basis. He updates his followers on new listings, open houses, market trends, when he’s celebrating a deal gone through, or even when he’s catching a Seahawks game. :)

I’m very excited about this new endeavor, and to be working alongside my big bro. I think that our family makes a great team, and things can only get better from here!

Blubird Royale, Fashion & Casino Night

On Tuesday, June 30th, I’m going to helping out at a really exciting event called Blubird Royale. It’s a ladies only casino themed party, sponsored by Blubird Clothing and hosted at V Lounge at Earls Yaletown.

My sister-in-law‘s good friend and professional female poker player, Lacey Jones, will be in attendance and giving poker lessons to any ladies who are interested. (If you’re looking for me, that’s the table where you will find me!)

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Tickets are $30, and can be purchased at Blubird – but rumour has it that the gift bag you will receive, will be worth even more than your ticket! Blubird has a lot of little treats in store for this special ladies night. There will be poker prizes, and even a grand prize draw for a trip for two to Las Vegas, with 3 nights accommodation at Caesar’s Palace. (I’ve been, and Caesar’s is absolutely the best.) Proceeds from the event will go to Big Sisters of BC’s Lower Mainland.

So ladies, put on your hottest heels and your best poker face, and come on out to support Big Sisters! It’s going to be a blast.

The Behan Family Sun Run Results

Well, it’s finally all over and done with. At the time of the start of the race, Wes was our leader in pledges at $770 for the Children’s Miracle Network, and still waiting for one more cheque. Jordan had about $600 for BC Cancer, and I had raised $680 for Wheels in Motion. By the end of day Sunday, though, Jordan had $885 worth of pledges on his page, because of a last-minute very generous donor. In total, we raised about $2400 for charity. Go Team Behan!

Here is a photo of us after the race with all of our prize schwag from SatoCanada. Wes is sporting his New Balance backpack and he is also holding the “Behan Challenge Cup” – his prizes for raising the most amount of money for charity.

Photo credit: SatoCanada on Flickr
Photo credit: SatoCanada on Flickr

Don’t you just love SatoCanada’s elephant mascots? I do.

I guess some of you are wondering how we finished! Well, Jordan and I both crossed the finish line at the same time, at 48:24, with a pace of 4:51/km, placing 2868th and 2869th. Not bad for a run with 50,000 people! Wesley ran most of the way with my Mom and her friend Leslie, finishing at 56:36, while my Mom and her running partner came in at 57:46. Pretty fit family, eh?

Oh and Wes, you said something about finishing in under 50 minutes next year? You better get training!

V @ Earls Yaletown – Grand Opening Party

Last night I was one of the lucky folks who got an invite to the grand opening party for V, which is the new vodka lounge located upstairs at Earls Yaletown. My friend Amanda is the Marketing Manager there, and she was kind enough to extend the invitation to some of her family and friends.

So first of all, from the moment I got there, I was impressed. There was a line-up of people to get into the place, but it was roped off and you had to walk the red carpet to get in. The guys greeting you on the carpet were in suits or tuxes and the girls were in cocktail dresses. They checked your name off the guest list, checked your coat for you, and you were in – free drink tickets in hand. All very efficient and professional. So far, so good.

The Ciroc Ice Bar
The Ciroc Ice Bar

Next stop, the bar. There were ice bars (completely made of ice) in every corner of the place – upstairs and downstairs. I thought the party was only going to be held in the upstairs lounge, but they had closed off the entire restaurant for the party, and it was full of people. Each ice bar was serving a different type of vodka. We tried the Ciroc straight-up vodka martini first, but later found our way to the Ketel 1 bar. Here you could get a straight-up martini, but add the fruit of your choice. I tried one with blood orange, key lime, and strawberry, and later one with crushed raspberries. You could also choose from things like lemongrass, ginger, or basil. Delicious!

The sweetest bartender!
The sweetest bartender!
Em and her martini

I can’t forget the food. There was a table with some crostini, fruit and cheese platters, and the best triple cream brie I’ve ever tasted. They also had servers wandering around with hors d’oeuvres. My friend Carly was waiting all night for the tuna sliders (they look like mini hamburgers but they have tuna in them), but the closest she got was a crab slider. I think my friend Erin said it best: “Martinis, men and mini tuna burgers are a magical combo.” She’s right!

The gals
The gals

All in all, it was a great evening. Everyone I was with had a fun time. Good job V, and thank you, Amanda!