What is the difference between a nice photo and one you can’t stop looking at?
If coordinating outfits & "everyone look here and smile!” are not on your wish list, I am the photographer for you.
I want to leave the world better than I found it, with photographs that are both an advocate for the human experience and a voice for family stories. I create these stories from your real moments; I have no hand in crafting what is authentic to your family.
The visual story of your life — just as you are — is powerful.
My work not only helps to normalize what your family’s experiences look and feel like; the documentary experience also opens up conversations about challenges so we parents don’t feel so alone.
Ultimately, I hope my photographs will help you to recognize the intrinsic value of your hard work and to value your reality. I want to tell your story so you can see all the ways you connect —even when you don’t know you are.
Your kids will only care that they remember the feel of your arms and the smell of your hair when you gave them hugs. And seeing it will take them right back to that feeling . . . and show them the way you loved them.
And you get a lifelong reminder of just how truly magnificent that is.
I have been on the other side of the camera with a photographer in my home and know that just the idea of it can conjure up all the reasons not to do it.
“I need to lose 20 pounds.”
“We need to clean and tidy the house.”
“We are too overwhelmed with busy schedules.”
Silence these excuses and let yourself exist in photographs.
Because a year from now you’ll wish you had photographs of today.
I am 100% aligned with what I do, and I do it because I believe in families and the unpredictable surprises of everyday life.
Being invited into your home and into your lives is not something I take lightly. I value your trust and I promise that we will end up in laughter together.
My story, in a series of random facts
- I have two little girls who rock my world, a husband I adore, and a Schnoodle I cuddle often.
- Our home is a creaky 105-year-old house in North Vancouver and we wouldn't trade it for a brand new one.
- My parents divorced when I was 7 and co-parented me from different continents.
- I was 14 when I moved to Canada from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia.
- I spent 13 years working in the Arctic as a diamond and gold exploration geologist.
- My first baby was an unplanned birth—I caught her in the bathroom of our first family home. My second baby was an unplanned bathtub birth at Lions Gate Hospital (some people have birth plans; I apparently have the un-plan).
- Parenting is by far the most difficult thing I have done: lots of guilt, failed moments, and tears, but ultimately, the highest high.
- We live among an eternal pile of laundry; we only fold it when we need to make space for the next load (it’s just going to get dirty again, right?).
- Netflix, podcasts, good coffee, and matcha flavoured Kit Kats are my crack. So is good, heartfelt, thought-provoking, honest conversation.