Jessica McIlroy | Project Director of Ocean Renewal Energy Group

July 11, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Jessica and I met back in 2007 upon the wonderful referral of our mutual friend Erin Cebula.  Jessica wanted to do some personal, fun beauty portraits and I was more than happy to do them! We got along right out of the gate and since then, I have had the pleasure and honour of photographing Jessica on three subsequent occasions.

We did a beautiful outdoor maternity session of Jessica and her love Erin, some super cute baby portraits of their first-born Kaitlyn, and some business portraits for her work as with Ocean Renewable Energy Group as Project Director  and the new non-profit organization she created called The BC Women in Energy Network.

Jessica was expecting their second child during the business portrait session and now has another baby girl.  Congratulations Jessica!

I look forward to photographing you and your beautiful family again some time soon!

Tell me a bit about yourself...about you, your business and/or what you like to do with your time.

My career and personal life have always revolved around a love of the outdoors, instilled in me by my parents and especially my mom.  This translated into a pretty typical “BCer” interest in the environment, and I now work in the renewable energy field.  I still try to get outside as much as possible, and also maximize time with family and friends.

What did you like best about working with Linda and how have your photos benefited you?

Linda is a very comfortable person to be around, which is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t really like having my picture taken!  Like the majority of people I think, I’m not that comfortable with having my photo taken, but Linda makes it an easy experience.  She is easy to be around plus she helps with suggestions on how to take a good picture, without you feeling like you are being ‘directed’.  The pictures she has taken of me and my family have been wonderful to have as personal memories and captured moments, and the headshots are valuable for my career.

If you could pick one favourite shot Linda took of you/for you, which one would it be and why?

My favourite is probably the picture of my husband and I when I was pregnant with my first daughter, where we are standing in the fountain out front of the Planitarium, and we are both laughing while he holds my big belly.  That pregnancy shoot was my favourite with Linda.  I felt amazing and it was a wonderful experience with my husband.  I had such immense love for my daughter already and was great to capture that time.

What is your philosophy or approach to life?

My approach to life is I guess to try and experience as much as life and the world as I can, work to leave the planet better off when I leave than when I got here, and not to worry about the things I can’t control.

What's new in your life? What's next for you?

I had another daughter in the middle of April, which has been a wonderful and crazy experience.  Not sure if I’d recommend having two girls under the age of two!  I’m also in the process of getting a non-profit up and running.  It is the BC Women in Energy Network and supports the success of women working in the energy sector.  I’m very excited about getting it up and running as I have thought about the concept for a few years.  It will be wonderful to help support equality in the workplace, provide a forum for sharing ideas and encouraging young women to work in the energy industry.




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