PHOTOGRAPHER, CREATIVE PRODUCER, MAKEUP ARTIST, PODCAST HOST, CHANGEMAKER
My love for photography began at an early age when I adopted my dad's 1970s Canon 35mm film camera. That wonderful feeling of being lost in the moment has kept me hooked ever since. My keen eye for detail, empathetic nature, and unique style have evolved into a strong passion and natural affinity for the portrait arts.
While working as a professional makeup artist for fashion editorials and commercial advertising, I vigorously honed my photography skills and took pictures I loved. Mostly self-taught, I drew upon the experience, knowledge, and expertise of the many creative professionals I worked with and continue to stay up-to-date with professional education and business development.
In 2004, I launched my photography business shooting personal lifestyle, weddings, fashion, editorial, commercial and non-profit work. I aim to create soulful, timeless imagery for clients with a vision to make a positive impact in the community. I'm committed to creating compelling images that reveal the soul, inspire connection and leave a lasting impression. My faith in people and love for children, animals, and nature ever inspire me to live and work in a more compassionate and sustainable way.
With a background in advertising, fashion editorial, and the joy of motherhood, I find joy in capturing those magical fleeting moments in our everyday world creating imagery that could easily come out of a magazine. Although I often work with notable personalities and the like, I have discovered that much of my best work and happiest clients are those who don’t normally like having their picture taken (which is most of us!). The results are amazing and the most rewarding for me as a photographer with a mission to deliver joy to my clients and help them succeed in what they love doing.
My work has been published in SFU's Alumni Quarterly, Fresh Vancouver, and TV Week magazines, and I was a featured photographer on ET Canada's Celebrity Makeover with Cheryl Hickey. Happy clients include notable television personalities Kevin Newman of CTV, Erin Cebula, Robin Stickley, and Anne Drewa of Global Television, non-profits UBC + VGH Hospital Foundation of BC, BC Children's Hospital, and the David Suzuki Foundation, commercial clients Mountain Equipment Coop, TransLink, and TELUS, and a myriad of entrepreneurs, business owners, families, kids, couples, and critters.
Motivated by my passion for photography and lifelong desire to help make a difference in the world, I volunteered for the BC SPCA through fundraising and photographing adoption portraits. I created a pet photography website called Critters of the Earth (on hold for now) that provided my animal lover clients with artful imagery of furry friends & fauna along with uplifting and moving animal stories.
I have a home studio located in Victoria, BC where I live with my creative husband and business partner Michael Chmara and our boy wonder Connor Boone, along with our sweet kitties Cosmo and Levi and gorgeous pup Sophie.