Choosing a photographer is an important decision. You will be spending a significant amount of time with your him or her during your session, so not only do you need to love their work, but you should also enjoy the photographer as a person.
So let me tell you a little about myself to see if we would be a good match.
I live on a large property outside of Nelson, BC with my husband and two black cats – Ymir and Diablo (yes, he lives up to his name). We have a large garden and though the weeds get out of hand (not my favorite thing to do), the yummy organic veggies make it all worth while. When not behind the camera, you will find me outside, preferably doing something sporty. The Kootenays offer a wonderful year-round playground to hike, bike, ski, swim…. the list goes on. Yoga is a great way to recover from these various activities…. but don’t go mistaking me for being ultra healthy! A cold beer is also a good way to recover. I love sharing fine wine with good friends, a fresh espresso, decadent food and chocolate. Ooooh, Chocolate! We are so good together.
While I take my photography seriously, I love to have fun and encourage my clients to relax and have fun with me. Sometimes I get a little silly during a shoot – it’s great for spontaneous smiles. I can also get excited, and have been known to jump up and down when we get a great setup for a shot. I love capturing connections – the connection between horse and rider, parents and children, people and their pets, or lovers of any age. Look deep into an image. What do you really see? That is the message that draws me to photography, and what I strive to share with you.
But What about Photography?
Well, my family was always into taking photographs. I have myriads of albums full of point and shoot snapshots! Remember those old albums with the plastic “magnetic’ pages. The kind that loose their stick after 10 years? oops, I am dating myself. Anyway, in my third year of university, I bought my first SLR camera and enrolled in a photography course. It was cool! It was magical! WE did all of our work with black and white film, which we developed by hand before printing our own work in the darkroom.
Since then, I have been lucky to incorporate photography into my various jobs since University – ski photographer in Banff, Alberta, Freelance Writer at large, and Active Travel Tour Leader on a world-wide mission – to name a few. Photography played second fiddle, but it was nice having the creative outlet to balance my other responsibilities.
Now I am enjoying photography full time. I opened a studio space in downtown Nelson (619B Front Street), where I can shoot commercial headshots, product and artworks made by local artists but what I really love to do is photograph people doing the things that they love to do. I balance my human photography with equestrian works. Capturing images of riders in full flight over a jump, vaulting in the air above a cantering horse, or concentrating on dressage moves, is challenging and exciting.
Best of all, I love capturing connections – the connection between horse and rider, parents and children, people and their pets, or lovers of any age. Look deep into an image. What do you really see? That is the message that draws me to photography, and what I strive to share with you.
My home is now in a little hamlet near the city of Nelson, British Columbia and I will travel throughout the Kootenays and beyond to ply my trade.
Contact me to book a session. I look forward to meeting you.
“Your photos are beautiful and spectacular. They not only capture the love between Jeff and Dustin but also the love that everyone there has for these two special and wonderful people. This love shines through your photos.” Louise, Mother-of-the-Groom, Nelson, BC.