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Okay, but how did you get to where you are now?
I started my professional career as an accountant - nobody believes me when I tell them this. After 6 painful years in university, I landed a job leading a team of accountants at a fresh, innovative start up in the coolest part of the city. I moved into my dream apartment, lived near the beach, had money to spend on expensive clothes and meals, my parents were proud of me, and I thought I had achieved "success". I was smiling on the outside, but on the inside I felt empty and lost. I knew their had to be more to life than this. Sound familiar? I lived for the weekends where I could get lost with my camera and capture the souls of the beautiful and inspirational people around me. I just wanted to be free. One day, after 3 years at my job, I walked in and handed in my resignation. I had no savings, no other job lined up, and not even a steady flow of photography clients. I just had my vision and passion, and I took a chance on myself. I didn't know if it was the biggest mistake of my life or the best decision I would ever make. All I knew was that life would never be the same.
The day I left my 9-5 was the day my life started.
I had the freedom I so craved, and I vowed to make my life into a work of art. I gave up my apartment and sold my belongings. My boyfriend and I bought an old school bus that we moved into and fixed up with plans to travel down South to the desert in the Spring - the dream of dancing in the desert sun was the only thing that got us through the coldest winter on record in Vancouver. Let's be real here though - this was one of the most challenging periods of my life. I had no safety net, no consistent pay check, and only had myself to rely on to earn a living, I shared a tiny school bus with my boyfriend and at first, we had no electricity, heat, running water, or lights. There were a lot of days that I almost gave up. But, I needed this test. Was I really willing to pursue my dreams, even when things got rough? The answer was always a resounding "yes".
We all need to remove our safety nets to see what we're really made of.
With a little luck and strategy, I turned my photography passion into a full time business that supports me fully, financially and spiritually. I get to do what I love every day, and I work with the most incredibly badass people. The truth is, that anyone who has done something innovative or bold has had to make a huge life shift and it's not always easy at first. Pain and discomfort is NOT a sign that you're on the wrong path, it's a sign you're expanding and growing. Don't be afraid to push.
Life in the desert with the love of my life.
In March 2017, all of my dreams came true when David and I set out on a life-changing adventure traveling through the American Southwest in our school bus. Feeling the sun on my face and the warm earth at my feet, driving down old highways and laying on the roof of the bus watching the stars, shooting for my favorite brands, models and magazines... I had to pinch myself everyday. Had I not made the decision to leave my corporate job and withstand the winter, had I given up, I would have cheated myself out of the most beautiful experience that would change the course of my life forever. If you're interested in our story, pre-order a copy of our book Astral Dust, featuring film photos, poetry and stories from the road.
So, now what?
I'm back in Vancouver, passionate about authentic film photography. I want to spend the day getting lost together and capturing your true soul on film. Are you ready?
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