Photography wasn’t something that I was born doing. I remember taking pictures of my stuffed animals when I was around 10, posing them on my bed, and snapping pictures with a disposable camera. As I got older, I very rarely thought about taking pictures, I was always caught up in the moment. I was usually the person who asked other people for doubles of their prints. When I was 21 I lost my best friend. While looking through some of her belongings, there were these photo albums. One was full of pictures of the two of us. It was so touching to see that someone had cared enough about me to have all of these memories archived, to reflect on whenever she wanted to. These were a narraritave of her life, all these smiling faces, carefully slipped into the pages of an album. This impacted me to my core. I soon after received my first digital camera from my dad, and I never put it down. I took pictures with the flash, without the flash. Very soon my artistic vision far surpassed the capabilities of my point and shoot, so I bought my first DSLR. I guess the rest, as they say, is history!
I have this crazy, beautiful family. First it started off with me and my husband Nigel. Nigel was one of my younger brother’s best friends. He is the love of my life. He is my best friend. He is one of the few people who gets to see all that I am. When I am happy, feeling crazy, or cranky. He has been there through some of the best and worst times that this life has had to offer me. He is the rock that I lean on. His even, stable demeanour help to balance me out; because I tend to be ruled by my emotions, not always by logic!
Our first child born was our oldest daughter Maddison. She is very sweet, smart, well spoken, sometimes bossy, and very creative. She can always find the right words to lift your spirit if you are feeling down. Our next addition was our oldest son Kai. Kai means the ocean, and I feel that is a perfect way to describe this little man. He can be calm and peaceful, like soft waves gently lapping the shore. Sweet, full of compliments, courteous, polite. Then, suddenly, a storm can start brewing… Our youngest daughter came next. Macey. She is a force of nature. The comedienne of the bunch. Hilarious. Always making everyone laugh. Also, stubborn, sensitive, and ferocious. Our last addition was our baby Keegan. He doesn’t talk yet, but I have a sense of who he is. He is calm, smiley, cuddly, and quiet. I am not sure if he will stay that way, but a girl can dream!
And what about me? I don’t know what to tell you. I love yoga (although I seem to have a hard time finding quiet time to practice it!) I love to read, especially books about different religions. I love watching documentaries, and HBO shows; Sex and the City, Six Feet Under and Dexter are my favourites. I love the beach, and the sun. I love my life. I spend my days trying to be the best mother that I can be. I am so fortunate to have a career that allows me to spend a good chunk of my time with my family.
Our house is always loud. Weather the children are playing, arguing, talking, eating, doing chores…it is done loudly. It is full of love here, full of life, full of energy, full of potential. And my husband and I get to watch this crazy, beautiful family, that we have created, grow and evolve. Hopefully reaching the potential that we see in each of them!!!