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I've had a camera, in my hand, since I was a little girl. As a child my family would spend summers camping in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. My father's passion was chasing and photographing Canadian Pacific Railway trains through the mountains. I remember my sisters and I trailing behind our father as he rushed off into the forest. We'd follow, always with our own little film cameras in hand. I'd capture the everyday moments that were important to me along with treasured images of the forest and animals we met along the way. My photographs also held smiling pictures of my parents and sisters, silly moments with friends and treasured memories with my beloved dog, a sheltie named Cindy. I can still recall the joy I felt when I'd pick up a freshly printed roll of film. Back at home, I'd ever so carefully store each print beneath the transparent pages of a favourite sticky album. My love of photography has undoubtedly been passed down to me from my father.
During my late adolescent years, I put down my film camera and picked up a small point and shoot. Vacations, friendships and milestones were all documented on that little point and shoot through my University years.
Later, I married, and a few years after that, I became a mother. It was then that absolutely everything changed. I remember staring at my precious three-month-old daughter, almost in a panic as I realized how quickly she was changing. Yes, I'd taken snapshots of her since birth. Still, I craved the beautiful images that I observed on the websites of local photographers. I hired a local photographer who captured gorgeous portraits of my baby daughter. I framed those images that tugged at my heartstrings, and for a moment, I was content. But as my precious baby grew, so did my desire to capture every single moment but snapshots were no longer enough. I craved the artistic beauty that I saw in the images on my wall. The day my husband brought me home a brand new DSLR was certainly the point of no return. I picked up that camera, and it felt so very good. It was in that moment that an unquenchable passion ensued. A spark ignited inside my soul, and I haven't looked back. Photography became and is my passion. A passion that has not only helped me preserve the beautiful growing moments of my three precious children but one that has filled up my creative soul.
Several years ago the path I was on as a photographer forked when I discovered landscape photography. I'm a mountain lover. My childhood connections to the Canadian Rocky Mountains has not faded over the years. I remain as connected to them as ever. I spend as much time as I can immersed in the Rockies and call the beloved Kananaskis Range home most summers. Being surrounded by the Rockies is my euphoria. There's truly no other place in the world I'd rather be. Landscape photography has melded together my passion for photography with my love of the mountains in the most perfect way.
Today, I've had the pleasure of mentoring and teaching, for years, within the photography community. I've taught women how to capture the beautiful moments of their growing children. Within the last several years, I've also had the utmost pleasure of mentoring and teaching female landscape photographers. Photography and teaching are my passions and it's an honour to be able to share my knowledge with you.
I know you're ready to learn and that's why you're here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to mentor and teach you as you grow into the photographer you are meant to be.
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