Tell us a little bit about your photography - where are you based and what type of photography do you currently enjoy?
I am a lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. I love photographing people in love. On the big day you can find me laughing, crying and having the time of my life photographing my couples.
In only a couple of words, how would you describe your style of photography?
My style is very clean, emotional and timeless.
Tell us about one of your most memorable photoshoots or perhaps a favourite photo you have taken?
One of my favourite photos ever taken was at a first look. My beautiful couple had been together for 15 years before they finally tied the knot. They had been through some crazy ups and downs together. At the first look, the groom had broken down when he saw his future wife. Tears of joy and excitement that this moment was finally happening for them. It shows that their love is truly eternal.
As a photographer, nurturing your creativity while trying to balance self employment and life can be a little tricky sometimes. Where do you find the inspiration to continue creating and maintaining consistency?
My inspiration comes from my crazy ideas that pop into my head while I'm driving, in the shower, reading, writing or even editing. I'm always thinking of ways to tell stories throughout my galleries. It's so important to find balance with work and your personal life when being a business owner. If there is no balance you will not succeed in either aspects of your life. I found creating a work routine and giving myself the same rest days works best for me.
Having grown as a photographer, is there any piece of advice that you could give to yourself when you first started down this path, or wish you had known sooner?
Do NOT give up. People will tell you that you're not good enough, or that no one will book you. It's not true, those people are just terrified of you talent and want you to lay low. Get out there and start shooting free sessions, build your portfolio, build connections with your client. Remember, your clients are human beings, treat them like it. Invest into your eduction!! Do workshops and styled shoots. It is a great way of networking and learning new things. Another piece of advice, BE YOURSELF! It is easier to be who you are rather than putting on a mask every time you're around your clients. It's not authentic and I promise you, they will pick up on it. If you're just starting out, I know how intimidating it can be, please feel free to reach out I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
Is there anything special you have been working on - mentoring, workshops, courses ect. We'd love to let other photographers know!
I'm not currently hosting any workshops but I have plans to be hosting one in the future. Always keep an eye out on my Instagram for more details.
What gear are you currently using and what would typically carry in your Kamrette camera bag?
I'm currently using two Canon R6 boddies with my Canon 28-70mm 2.0 lens and Canon 35mm 1.4. You can find those in my Lyra Kamrette Backpack, along with batteries, memory cards, my Godox V1 flash, cleaning cloth for my lenses and business cards.
Let's finish it off with a fan favourite - if you could only have one lens, which one would you choose?
Ouuuu that's easy, Canon 35mm 1.4 (heart eyes!)