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Legacy Photo is my pride and passion. It's been years in the making. I literally mean years. I have spent most of my adult life working in jobs that I didn't want to do that had nothing to do with photography or anything creative for that matter. So why should you decide to work with me?
For that very same reason. Spending that much time doing what you don't want to do, helps you figure out what you do want to do!
I love capturing moments.
I live in the present.
I don't take any of it for granted.
Having this life experience, I now work with passion and purpose. I know in the depths of my soul that this is what I am meant to do. I've also experienced a lot of change in my life. Close family members and friends passing or moving away, homes and places we frequented sold or changed forever. We were so caught up in our own lives, we didn't often stop to celebrate or take photos together. Now that these people and places are gone, many of our memories together only exist in my mind. I wish I had more to look back upon. It is my calling to help preserve memories for others. You never know what is going to come your way. The one thing that is constant in life is change. We are ever evolving, minute by minute, day by day. Documentary family photography captures it. You will be able to hold these memories close to your heart forever. The kids won't remember posed shoots, but they will remember the park you took them to every weekend or building a fort in the living room or eating breakfast for dinner.
My journey with photography:
Photography has always been an interest of mine. I fell in love with it when I took my first class in the 9th grade. I learned on film. Yes, that's right, film. Digital was just coming out and was not available yet to the masses. Throughout the years I took courses and dabbled in it in my spare time. I remember setting up shoots in my living room by lamp light and my roommate would model for me. I photographed nature, family, friends whenever I could.
It wasn't until 2013 when my dad passed away and my mom bought me my first DSLR that things really began to change. I had no idea how that gift was going to redirect my life. After shadowing a friend of mine who is a wedding photographer, I decided to leave my career and take a three month intensive certificate program at Ryerson University. It was an amazing experience. It gave me exposure to so many things. Studio, portrait, documentary photography. I moved to Toronto and worked as an assistant to a portrait photographer and also had some of my own wedding and engagement clients. But things still didn't quite jive for me yet.
Toronto is an expensive place to live and I was distracted by what else was going on in my life. I had rekindled a romance with my now husband, Ben. I went back to work in my previous industry for awhile. It was just easier at the time to have a steady paycheque. Ben and I got married. We bought our first house together and moved out of the city. We welcome our son Trey into the world.
As with many photographers, Trey has become my muse. He is full of personality and it's such a joy to capture him. It's through this lens that I started to realize what I wanted to do.
But not the kind that most do. To me, there is something artificial about it. It just never felt right for me, being on either side of the lens.
I wanted something more real, more authentic.
I want to capture the full spectrum of family life. The routines, the tantrums, the tickles.
I aim to capture the every day moments that make life so special. That's where the magic is.
Each child is unique, each family is unique.
How do you spend your time together?
What's your love language?
What is your family legacy?
I would be honoured for you to allow me in and share your story.