Families & Children

Summer Sunset Engagement Session
August 4, 2018
Kelowna Home Lifestyle Session
July 2, 2018
St. Albert Sunset Mini Session
June 15, 2018
Sunset Mini Session- Ashlie & Family
June 4, 2018
A Little More About Me
April 20, 2018
You Have Your Dream Job.. Now What?
Mar 5, 2018
That Photo is Magic
September 14, 2017
Moving On
July 14, 2017
Check Me out!!
July 1, 2017
Married: Kari & Chris
September 18, 2016


Expose & Unposed- The Workshop
March 5, 2020



You Have Your Dream Job.. Now What?

Mar 5, 2018

So 10 months ago I said goodbye to my corporate job that I had held for 17 years.  I was so inspired and excited.  I had worked so hard and I had finally earned mysef “my dream job.”  I couldn’t wait to roll up my sleeves and dig in to the all the wonderful, glory of working for myself.  I was going to be so productive, so motivated, so inspired.  I was going to finally have time to cook healthy food, go to the gym in the middle of my work day and probably (definately) brag about it on instagram.  I was ready.

Flash forward 10 months and the reality has set in.  It is a grind.  Every single day I think about where my money is coming from.  Every single day I think about how productive I have been.  And here is a truth you may not have seen coming.. I don’t look sexy in sweat pants.  This is NOT going on instagram. 

I am a photographer, yes.  But the amount of time I actually spend shooting is pretty minimal.  I spend most of my time at my desk and it isn’t very glamorous.  Answering client emails, marketing and social media, editing, bookeeping, dealing with vendors, etc.  Some times I sit at my desk from 10am until 2am and on some of the those days the only thing I have to show for it is a sore back and a few items crossed off of my to do list.  Am I getting you excited to go out and become your own boss??? 

If you asked me if I were busy, I would say that I am swamped.  The thing that they don’t tell you about running your own business is that you MUST be one step ahead at all times.  I was on salary for the last 11 years and so I never ever worried about where my money came from.  Most of the time I didn’t think about money at all.  It was always there, there was always enough and there was always more coming.  Now I am emotionally in 2019.  2018 is already in my books and I know how it is going to play out (give or take). 

When people ask me what I do.. I say “I am a photographer.”  But sometimes I want to say “I sit at my computer in dirty sweat pants, eating carbs, wondering how I can drum up some extra business without a sparkly personality.”  Sometimes I want to say “I watch netflix and try to see how long I can go without washing my hair.” Sometimes I want to say "This only works because of my husband's support, his medical, his pay check" (that one is true actually.. I would be a mess without him).

Of course these are all gross exagerations and what I really do is hustle.  I work so hard to make sure that I am working.  I work so hard to grow, expand and create opportunities for myself and for my, small but still very relevant, team.  I work so hard to find new and exciting lanes for my craft and I work hard to keep producing a product that I am proud of.  I am not that different than my corporate self .. I am just doing it all in a different way and for a different gain.  I am doing it for myself.  I am doing it for my sanity.. and I am mostly puliing it off.  But there are some days when I have to shut it all down, go to the movies in the middle of my work day, eat popcorn for dinner and remind myself that I earned it, I deserve it and I am doing ok.