I grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. I think growing up in a small town forced me to be creative. There wasn’t a whole lot to do, so my friends and I would make up our own games, we were always into a new art project, and being an only child I often had my nose in a book or any craft I could possibly get my hands on. That being said, I’ve also been very science driven my whole life and dreamt of being a pharmacist!
After attending Dalhousie University with that prospect then eventually going into bio and environmental science, a series of events led me to photography. I enrolled at NSCC and have never once looked back. In 2010 I joined Cooked Photography for a work term and have been part of the team ever since!
I get my inspiration from knowing that whatever moment I capture will never happen again. That’s thrilling to me. Whether that’s a cute little old Italian woman walking down a tiny, sun lit street in Tuscany, seeing Paul McCartney on stage swapping guitars, or the very small glances and touches that make up day to day life.
I’m so fortunate that I have a very tight knit relationship with my parents. My best friends stem from elementary school right up until meeting some a few years ago. Both these lifelong and new connections are what fuel me in life. Friends and family are everything. That’s where my passion in photography comes from. I know just how important those connections are to me, and I want to also capture them for other people. I like to pretend that each thing I photograph involves my family and friends … and how would I shoot differently if I were that close with everyone? I started viewing things that way after I photographed my best friend’s wedding and it’s shed an entirely new light on everything (pun intended. If you’re ever after a good pun or Dad joke, I’m your girl!)
Besides my family and photography, music is my other big love. No one will ever come close to reaching The Beatles. They’re unparalleled. They were four creative geniuses that serendipitously crossed paths and made magic in melodies, harmonies and lyrics. They consistently pushed the envelope to be different and were constantly creating. So whether that’s photography, music, painting or any other art form … try new things and see what happens!
A sure fire way to my heart is a conversation revolving around The Beatles, 60’s or 70’s music, or London. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” I could quote The Beatles all day long but I’ll leave it with my all time fav!