My grandfather gave me my first camera when I was very young. It had single-use flashbulbs and produced square photos. This camera provided me with my first developed photos: footprints, from my dog, in the snow. I have been in love with photography ever since. I have documented the lives of my family and friends incessantly for many years now, whether it has been taking photos during Christmas dinner or filming a rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” for a high school English class. I have always had a camera close at hand.
Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, I moved to Vancouver in 2004 to attend Vancouver Film School. It was there that my love for photography really took hold. I attended the Foundation program at VFS and was involved in a lens-based media class. Our assignments involved going out to take pictures of the lower-mainland. We could rent cameras from the school whenever we wanted, a real bonus. I was a newcomer to a big city with one mission: to explore it.
I graduated from VFS’ Film Production program with honours in 2006. I have since been working in Vancouver’s film industry. My love for photography has now become both a hobby and a career, for which I am very fortunate. I have done a great deal of traveling through Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America, and have had some amazing photographic luck (and some pretty phenomenal experiences) as a result. Although I fell in love with Africa, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the world has to offer!