Let me start off by saying that whether you are shopping for a photographer, are a photographer yourself checking out what other photographers are up to, or just surfing around in general, I'm genuinely thrilled that you have landed here.
My photographs give me great pride and I love to share them.
Please stay long enough to take a look around.
Taking pictures has been a central part of my life since I was twelve years old - which these days means I was a late-bloomer. Nevertheless, since those tender pre-adolescent days, I have been pretty much watching my life through a lens--looking for fresh light and new perspectives--preserving my own history, and those of everyone around me.
I love making photographs.
If I couldn't make a single penny taking photographs, I would still do it every day.
There it is.
However, I have been lucky enough to believe that I could make a living doing what I love to do. Which brings me to today, with 18 years of business experience now behind me, humbly presenting myself for your scrutiny.
Being a mother of two and a member of a great big adorable family, I am fascinated by the many layered relationships that exist within families. I love babies and grandmothers, mischevious 9-year old boys and edgy teenagers. It gives me joyful satisfaction to capture a revealing moment in the lives of people while they connect with one another. I suppose this is why I so enjoy shooting weddings. For me, a wedding is a precious opportunity to photograph what lies at the heart of human experience. Everything rises to the surface at a wedding--and in the midst of it all, we get a fleeting glimpse at the one thing we all long for.
I grew up talking to animals on a hobby farm in the Niagara Region, then moved to Toronto after university to immerse myself in a place full of colour and individuality. I met my sweet song-writer, arts facilitator husband there, and we raised our kids up in Little Portugal surrounded by talent and community and an always deepening fascination with the differences and connections between all of us -- this human condition we're all inside. After about 20 years in Toronto, I found myself pining for wide open fields and orchards, or for windy bays and stretches of pink granite. I suppose, being a rural girl from the start, I began to feel like taking short "visits" from the city into nature was not quite sustaining. I wanted to flip that program. Time for laying down new roots somewhere near wilderness, somewhere next to clear waters and well-trailed Bluffs. So now we wake up each morning, a little bit shocked by our surroundings, here on the shores of southern Georgian Bay; and though I still have one foot in the city, which isn't likely to change anytime soon, I am having a love affair with this place. Transition takes time. In-betweenness can be awkward. But I'm feeling the gratitude for all of it. That I get to be part of this wind and water coped landscape and also that urban whirring machinery. I appreciate the differences. I feel a connection to them both--much in the same way as I do for colour and black & white images. They are so distinctly divergent. But I love them both. I don't need to choose.
What else is there for me to tell you?
It seems more fitting at this point for me to find out something about you.
Whatever the reason, please don't hesitate to get in touch--if I can help you, I'll be glad to.
I'm sure it would be nice getting to know you.