Photo credit: My six year old son
I was raised with the teachings of living in the bush, the farm and the city. I grew up eating bannock and bismarcks; drinking pic-a-pop and jersey cream; devouring dried moose meat and pickled herring; walking in mukluks and roller skating in the basement; finding treasures at the garbage dump and under the christmas tree; picking blueberries and watering carrots; ice fishing and reading sweet valley twins. I was told stories of the rougarou and of the Holy Spirit, and I knew that my ancestors were heinz-57. Now I eat salmon and blackberries; walk among the cedars with my sons and hear the whales breathe in the mist; stand with a camera always in my hand while the eagles fly overhead.
How did I become a photographer?
It has taken years of training and a lot of practice to be where I am. My first camera was a fluorescent pink 35mm that I used to document my very first concert, New Kids on the Block, in Saskatoon, SK on my 9th or was it 10th(?) birthday. My interest continued in high school, where a friend introduced me to B&W 35mm film and the dark room. Years later I found myself on the path of completing an honours degree in Fine Arts with a newborn baby in my arms. Then in 2012, while expecting my second child, I undertook a diploma in professional photography at the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, BC. As an artist with a special interest in contemporary Indigeneity and the importance of telling our own stories through our own lens, I document my journey as a Metis mother and the lives of those who want to share their stories with me.
Where are you?
I currently reside with my family, by the water, in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay), BC. Respectfully, in the traditional territories of the ‘Namgis Nation. If you don’t live on Vancouver Island, please email me and let’s see if we can make it work.
What are your prices?
Please send me an email for a quote.
What are life sessions like?
It is about photographing life as it unfolds – the REAL moments – the coming, the going and the in between. I am there as the fly on the wall to document a part of your life story. I start the session with taking the formal family portraits, and then we move on to spending the majority of the session with documentary style family photographs.
Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria – AQ Magazine at Simon Fraser University – ‘Namgis First Nation – First Peoples Cultural Council – Canadian Museum of Human Rights