You know how some people enjoy talking about themselves? : )
Well...I gotta say, that's not me.
I live in a tiny town of 1100 people and pretty much the only way people know/hear what I do is through google.
I rarely talk about it in real life.
All that said, I LOVE what I do. So glad you are here.
Seeing as you clicked About Me, I best get to it.
I'm married... almost 30 years.
I have 2 boys; Brett and Bryce 28 and 26, and the most BEAUTIFUL golden doodle boy, Ben. (oh my heart)
We live in an antique 110-year-old brick house (the house I told a friend in my teens, I would live in one day).
Brett lives 25 minutes away and Bryce 3 hours from us (in Winnipeg).
My parents live across the street (they moved in a few years ago after retirement).
In 2014 we bought the old newspaper building downtown and converted it into this beautiful studio.
Let me rewind a bit......
5 1/2 years ago my husband was diagnosed with leukemia. Overnight we moved 3 hours from home for what was supposed to be a few months. 8 months later we found our way home.
In 2017 John had a setback (Graft vs Host Disease). He developed ulcers on this one leg and in December of 2017 he had to have his leg amputated.
The journey continues.
There's been downs and ups... but many gifts.
I'm blessed and grateful to be able to support our family doing something I love so much. I'm so grateful for each and every customer that supports this business.
What brought me here.
8 years ago I was a licensed artist in the print industry. My work was available in print, on fabric, wallpaper, and stationary.
Somewhere in there, began a difficult journey for our son, Bryce. He was 14 when he started experimenting with alcohol than drugs.
I found myself paralyzed with fear, waiting for the phone to ring. It did, often.
Eventually, the (almost) worst happened.
We survived. (but it wasn't over)
A few months later, my camera called me. I took it with me on a walk.
I came home, loaded the images into photoshop, layered a digital texture, and my whole life changed.
That may sound a bit dramatic, but it really was life-changing.
I poured my whole-self into understanding photography, photoshop, textures, blogging and eventually teaching classes online.
Bryce's journey with addiction continued for 11 years.
It was devastating to witness. Yet, he gave me one of the greatest gifts of my life. He brought me to this.
I'm so grateful to say as of January 2019 Bryce is 2 years sober. He's in university, studying theology (an honor-roll student). He has an incredible group of friends, families, and professors supporting him.
His story is a miracle.
Still photography allows me to see, breathe and be still.... Photography saved me.
I believe my photos reflect peace because I truly am 100% 'calm' when I'm shooting stills.
My creative journey and teaching continue to evolve. I am dreamer and a do-er. I'm a creative mentor, life coach, writing coach... and always a photographer.
Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.
How can I help YOU?
I offer writing, still photography, Lightroom & editing classes.
To check out my current classes click over HERE.
I also offer 1:1 Creative Business coaching and 1:1 Lightroom clarity sessions. For more info on mentoring click HERE.
Finally, I offer amazing Lightroom presets and digital textures. They are a bit like magic. You can find them in my SHOP.
- Nikon d850
- Nikon d800
- Nikon d810
- Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
- Nikon 35mm f/1.4
- Nikon 50 mm f/1.4
- Nikon 70-200 vrII f/2.8
- Nikon 85 mm f/1.4g
- Nikon 105mm micro f/2.8
- Sigma 50 mm ART (latest and love it)
- Nikon mc-36A remote
- Canon 5d Mark iv
- Sigma ART 24-70 for Canon
- SD Cards
- XQD Cards
- CF Cards
- 27" iMac (this baby has changed my life....seriously the best money I have ever spent).
- Manfrotto tripod and joystick ballhead
- Manfrotto Monopod
- another Manfrotto tripod and ballhead
- Vanguard Tripod Kit
- Spigot to mount the tripod ball-head to the c-stand
- Zhiyun Smooth-II Multi-Function 3 Axis Handheld Steady Gimbal
- Glif Kit for mobile phone
- Arkon iPhone Stand
- Lowell Ego Table Light
- Studio Lights
- Bluelounge Jimi USB Port Extension
- Macbook Pro with touchbar 2017
- iPad Pro with Apple pencil
- iPhone X
- Peak Design summit camera strap
- Peak Design wrist strap
- Peak Design Leash Camera Strap Ash
- Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom and Photoshop
- Wacom Intuous Pro (large) & Wacom Intuous Pen & Touch (for travel)
- foamboard - both white and black
- backdrops and tables tops
- canvas backdrops
- Capture by Lucy backdrops
- white sheer curtains by Ikea
- gaffer tape
- Backblaze cloud backup
- portable SD HD by Sandisk - 480g
Coming soon: All my most favourite writing supplies.
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I'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to say hello.