"There have been many times that I’ve run into a situation where my camera is buried in my pack, and I see an opportunity that I let pass me by. On the way home, I end up regretting not having my camera more readily accessible. One piece of equipment I hike with when I do have my Nikon is a Peak Design Clip which secures tightly to your hiking backpack shoulder strap and you can clip and easily clip out your camera. Best investment I’ve made for hiking photography." Professional photographer and founder of InstagramYEG, Jill Sakowsky shares how she got started with landscape photography. 
Insider Tips with Jill Sakowsky
Meet Jeff Kelly, The Community Engagement Manager of URBANYEG

To Jeff, URBANYEG is the perfect space for creatives to grow, find inspiration, get feedback and make meaningful connections all while having a sense of community. He credits URBANYEG for enabling him to transition from doing photography part-time to making it his full-time job. 

In May 2015, I, by chance, ran into an old colleague and URBANYEG’s founder, Chan. He invited me to join the group and I decided to purchase my first DSLR and take on any opportunities that came my way. This community has given me the opportunity to shoot with YEG Fitness Magazine, STARS Air Ambulance, Oodle Noodle and Apollo Originals.”

“Because of the benefits that I've received from URBANYEG and the changes that I've been able to make in my life through that, I want to be a part of facilitating that for other people in the community. That's why URBANYEG is so important to me,” says Jeff. 

Today, Jeff is a professional product, architecture, portrait and event photographer at Jeffrey Paul Kelly Photography

See more of Jeff's work
We bring together the online community to a physical one by hosting meetups and workshops that are open to everyone. Its purpose is to facilitate a place to make some new friends, put a face to an Instagram handle, and share photography tips and tricks.
Photo by Michael featuring model Karen Vuong.

On August 27th, we hosted our 22nd Instameet at Ezio Faraone Park where community members had the opportunity to photograph portraits and landscapes from golden hour through nightfall. The park granted a stunning view of the High-Level Bridge and river valley, as well as trees wrapped in lights that lit up after the sunset. Photographer Brandon Remeika shared his expertise on long exposures and ran small workshops throughout the meet.
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In July we held a food photography workshop at The Hallway Cafe with food blogger Jessica Slabchenko

The Hallway Cafe is a unique space situated in City Hall. The Cafe supports e4c Alberta, a community group organized to help eliminate poverty by focusing on food security, shelter and housing, community connections, education and skill development. All proceeds from the workshop went towards e4c. 

Together, we raised $110 towards e4c! Thank you to everyone who came out to this workshop and supported e4c, to the Hallway Cafe for being a wonderful venue, and to Jessica for being an incredible teacher. See you all at the next workshop!

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Congratulations to our Community Collab photo editing challenge winners! We had over 40 submissions and they were all so creative and unique!! In first place was William Orosco and in second place was John Paul Galiza

The first-place winner got a $25 gift card to their place of choice, plus a $25 gift card from our Community Partner, Oodle Noodle. The second-place winner got a $25 gift card to their place of choice. 

First-place winner, William Orosco. Original photo by Monique Langevin-Connell

William chose to donate his $25 gift card to the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, an organization committed to building on the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth and their families to enable them to develop spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally so they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. One of the values we believe at URBANYEG is paying it forward, this was an amazing gesture by Will and we thank him for that! 
Second-place winner, John Paul Galiza. Original photo by Monique Langevin-Connell.

Huge thanks to Monique for participating and sharing her amazing work! And special thanks to our Community Partner Oodle Noodle for always supporting us creatives!
At the URBANYEG Podcast, we chat with inspiring creatives in the community to learn more about what makes them tick. The podcast series is run and managed by our Community Engagement Manager, Jeff Kelly, and is co-hosted by our founder, Chan Rin. 

In the latest episode, Jeffrey and Chan have a chat with Shay and April, the founders of Shady Ape. URBANYEG has worked with Shady Ape for just over a year and in that time they've made, and continue to make, amazing contributions to the members of our city and the communities within Edmonton. During their conversation, Shay and April cover how meditation became a part of their individual lives and how they came together to create something bigger than themselves. They talk about their passion to share the benefits of meditation and how their unique approach makes meditation more accessible to everyone. Like URBANYEG, Shady Ape helps to create connections between diverse peoples and also helps by way of giving back to their community.

You can find our podcast on SpotifyApple Podcast and Google Podcasts.

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Introducing our Community Partner, Oodle Noodle

Our goal is to continually do “more” for the creatives in the URBANYEG community. We want to help bring forward the best talent in the city through contests, fun activities and other initiatives that help support local causes. 

In 2018, we established a partnership with Oodle Noodle, a community partner that is dedicated to supporting local creatives and is passionate about helping others reach their success through grassroots initiatives. We are grateful and excited to have them on board and with their support, we can now help fund contests, prizes and so much more! 

Come. Sit. Meditate.
Learn how to establish your own meditation practice with the URBANYEG Meditation Series with Shadyape founders, Shay, and April on September 4th and September 18th, at the Kinsmen Clubhouse. Join us for this recurring series of mindfulness meditations. We will sit together, provide meditation instruction, and discuss life. Suitable for beginners and zen masters alike.

Proceeds of the event will go towards  Momentum Walk-In Counselling.
Stay tuned as we continue to dream, create, inspire, share, serve and change.

You can find us on Instagram @URBANYEG. Tag your photos #URBANYEG for a chance to be featured.

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