Welcome to my photography world and thanks for stopping by, creeping around and hopefully admiring what you see! Let me tell you a little about me, and then when we meet, I will ask hundreds of questions to find out about you!
How did I wind up a Professional Photographer?
I have always been a creative person – when I was little I loved being inside: drawing, making things, or reading, and when I was bad my punishment would be to go and play outside. I’ve been fortunate enough to have grown up in a very small town in British Columbia where I cultivated amazing friendships with four girls who I am happy to say are still my best friends today. As soon as I was given a small point and shoot camera for a birthday one year, I was off – taking photos of all my friends. It’s amazing to still have all of those boxes of photos of people that I have grown up with, and I think this is where the nostalgia and the ties to photographs really began. Because our school was so small we didn’t have a photo lab, so everything I took photos of was just for fun, and I would save up the rolls of film and anxiously wait to see what was produced on the weekend when I could take them to the nearest city to be developed.
In my final year of High School, when I was contemplating where to go with my life, photography or anything that was creatively linked seemed like a job that would be “too good to be true” and despite my mom saying that she thought I should apply to some art schools, I went against my intuition and applied for Simon Fraser’s Business Degree Program. A few years in, and I knew there was no way I would be able to enjoy a job that had me in an office, or wearing suits. At that point I took an Art History class as an elective and fell head over heels in love with the class, the ideas and the art. I applied for Emily Carr without telling anyone my plans and was accepted for the next semester. I left SFU and started all over again, but this time my heart, my soul and my being was really in it.
Emily Carr allowed me to follow my creative whims, to experiment and to really evolve as an artist. I worked with all kinds of subjects, light sources and mediums and learned how to take photos the right way, with a good old 50mm F2 Nikon Film camera. Although ECU focuses on making Art for galleries, I passionately wanted to do this for a living, so I’ve found the happiest of mediums – merging art with real people to create photos for them that will be not only memorable, but aesthetically evocative pieces of art as well.
I LOVE the random stuff that makes you, you – so here’s some random stuff about me!
- The color yellow
- The rain (but not so much being in it)
- Reading and going to the movies
- Ketchup Chips
- Britney Spears
I don’t care for:
- Humid heat/Winter cold
- Having to wait for the next season of a great tv show (I’m sure this isn’t just me!)
I REALLY REALLY love:
- My incredible Husband
- My amazing friends and family
- My German Short haired Pointer dog, Sakic
- Amazing love stories (and of course adorable engagement stories)
- Giving women the confidence they deserve through boudoir!
- Traveling (I’ve been to quite a few amazing places in the world and have so many more on my list!)
- School! (I’m a huge nerd and would be in school or taking classes for the rest of my life if I won the lottery)