I am inspired by the wonder of a sunset, the butterflies of a first kiss, the sound of the waves on the shore. What inspires me most is photography. I take pride in capturing the subtleties of life that often go unnoticed. It is my honour to spend an hour, or a day, with wonderful human beings. Each tender moment -- from little giggles to enthusiastic grins -- becomes art through my viewfinder. I believe authentic moments against nature's backdrop make the most honest photographs. My subjects inspire my creativity.
I wasn't one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do when they grew up. In fact, I wanted to be a veterinarian until I discovered a deeply engrained fear of blood at the age of seven. I stumbled upon photography purely by accident in my first year of high school when the curriculum forced me to choose an elective course of study (my options included a class in co-ed fitness, or photography). Walking through the door that first day I assumed I would take a few pretty pictures and move on to something else the next year. Within the first half-hour, I was hooked. Following that class I took all three levels of photography, an internship placement in the classroom, and an extra elective course not required to graduate. I turned down opportunities to "hang out" at the mall in exchange for additional hours of study, practicing my technique and honing my style.
At the age of 16 I photographed my first wedding, and will forever be grateful to the couple who believed in the acne-covered kid with a passion for her craft. Since then I finished high school, obtained my undergraduate degree in Media Studies, and moved to Orillia. I fell in love with the Simcoe Region -- the landscape sculpted by the Canadian Shield, the rich cultural heritage of a city that dates back to the same year our country was founded, and the warmth I feel every day from the people who share this little piece of paradise. In-between all of this, and since then, I have photographed more than 100 weddings that have taken me to marvellous places, introduced me to absolutely wonderful people, and exposed me to beautiful religions and customs -- all of this has shaped the photographer I am today.
I am honoured to have been recognized by other talented professionals in the industry, earned allocates for the work I have produced, and to have inspired young photographers to pursue their dreams through internships offered at my office and workshops hosted in the classroom when my career started. It is all just such an honour.
If you hire me as your wedding photographer, I promise to give you space to soak it all in as I document quietly, allowing you to live in the moment. I promise you will smile every time you open your album as you are transported back to the day you walked down the aisle, yes, but also to the story leading up to that moment. I promise to create art that will become a time capsule to your family heritage.
I promise you all of this, and more.
I love weddings, and I love my job.
It might be partly because I am deeply enamoured by the ability to be preserve moments that are lost truly seconds after having been captured. It might also be because I love art, and I am fascinated by the way light can turn a moment into art, allowing us to see it in a way we would not have otherwise noticed.
I also love many other things, in no particular order: my mother who was the first person to say "you can do this" when I decided to become a photographer, and my father who has always been just a phone call away when I have needed solid business advice, or a virtual hug. I love my boyfriend, my partner-in-crime, and my two dogs. I love performing in dog sporting events and competitions, watching baby birds grow and develop in my care, and travelling. I have a soft-spot for the wondrous landscape for Iceland and the untamed wild of the Arizona desert. I also love my couch with the squishiest cushions you'll ever find, and the feeling you get when you arrive home after a busy day. I am so grateful for every day of this wonderful, beautiful, crazy, incredible life.
If you take time to explore your hometown.
If little acts of kindness can brighten your whole day.
If you enjoy the benefits of technology, but appreciate a good book with real pages that stands the test of time.
If you keep a memory box tucked under your bed. If you open it, from time to time.
If your wedding is more about your marriage and the people who brought you together than the day, itself.
If you love photography that tells a story -- your story -- than we may have something in common. I'd love to meet over coffee and hear more about you, your inspiration, and the love of your life!