Before having children I always said, “When I become a Mom, I don’t ever want to lose who I am.” That being: the creative, the lover of all things design, the painter, the art loving, music blasting, concert goer, traveler, super night owl, the baker of super bad for you cookies, the puppy smothering, pop culture enthusiast, the nature and mountain seeking, canoe and camping doer and basically a person who needs the good energy of life to be me. Weeeeell... let’s just say having children hasn’t completely changed those things in me, but it may have prioritized a few. If anything, it has only set fuel to the fire of doing more, more, more of them all... with kids and a husband in tow.
I am a mom and wife first. My kids and my family are my life. They are what inspire me every day to do better and to be creative. My two boys allow me to see the world in colour, in light, in angles and shapes. Through emotions and senses and memories. The beauty in the ordinary. Be it the way the wind blows our hair as we open a window, or the flour dusted on our toes while we bake, the way their daddy’s arm holds their little bodies as he carries them home after a long bike ride, or the bruises and scrapes on their little boy legs. I am obsessed with details that are all fragments of the gigantic picture that we paint called our lives.
I have always had a “thing” for photography. My first camera was a garage sale score when I was about nine. Some kind of ancient Kodak something or other. It barely worked to take pictures, but it started the dream. Some time spent in the dark room in high school continued that dream as I watched the magic of photos turning from ghostly images to something real. Whenever someone would ask the hypothetical question, “If you could be anything in the world...” My answer was always the same. It wasn’t until my first son was born that I finally had the courage to take the real plunge and I told myself, “I’m doing this.” And I’m so very thankful that I did.
My style is super laid back and I like to just hang out and chit chat and play with the kids. I have a background of working with children and families and I like to think of myself as a pretty good baby whisperer, child tamer (*ahem, I have two wild boys), and I always have some sort of trick up my sleeve for getting children to relax and have fun. I like to laugh, have fun, tell some jokes and try and catch more than just people in a picture, but connections, the spaces inbetween, the unsaid words and the signs of the time of who and where you are, right now in your life.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and getting to know a little about me.