A Lifetime of Work
Everything has lead to this moment.
When I was 12, my dad gave me his old Pentax film camera, and the rest is history.
By the time I was 16 and graduating high school, my dad was set on me attending Emily Carr University of Art & Design. At the time. because of the negative words from my art teachers, I never thought I would be a successful artist, and continued to pursue other career goals, while still doing photography as a hobby.
I graduated and immediately flew to Ontario to be with my oldest sister who had just left the military, and was living with her now husband, who was also in the military. I moved to their tiny town of Pembroke, Ontario and attended Algonquin College to get my business degree. While getting that degree, I found myself a military man and thought I would stay in that small town, so I went back to school to get my Personal Support Worker Certificate to work in healthcare which was a booming industry in the small town.
That relationship ended and as soon as I walked the stage to get my second diploma, I walked right out into the parking lot where my dad and my packed car were waiting for me to drive back to B.C. together. That was a road trip I will never forget.
After moving back to B.C., I worked as a care aide for 5 years, while still doing photography as a hobby business on the side. I got married, pregnant, and divorced all within 3 years, and this change in my life forced me leave my comfort zone and start to make the journey towards being the sole provider for my daughter, and finding out who I truly was.