Life has to have passion. I can’t imagine waking up every morning and not being able to interact with my passions. There are a few – my children, business, photography, dogs and peanut butter to name a handful. Oh, and I do enjoy a glass of old Italian white wine at the end of the day.
When my children went off to post-secondary education I picked up a camera, became acquainted with digital photography and fell in love. There are so many things to aim a camera at and, like many photographers, I shoot a variety of things like music, architecture, events, family pets and commercial projects.
My real photographic passions involve heads - people heads and pet heads. I discovered early on that this requires specific study to get it right and continued study to stay current. Since 2012 I’ve been studying with Peter Hurley, the world’s foremost headshot photographer, and interacting on a daily basis with the headshot community he created. There is no better feeling than creating an image of a client that shows the world the real person. No, I don’t mean just what their face looks like – that’s too easy. A real deal headshot shows the person’s heart and soul. Their eyes speak to you, even if it’s to make you wonder what on earth is going on in their mind. A trained headshot photographer can make people want to meet you, want to do business with you, want to have you on their team and feel like they’ve made a connection just by looking at your headshot. That’s what I love about shooting headshots. It makes a difference.
Pets aren't that different. Their eyes tell you everything and, better yet, they don't have the filters we humans have. They come prancing into the studio and the first thing they want to do is figure it all out. Get comfortable. With a bit of coaching they have the most amazing reactions to funny noises, familiar words and new sounds. When we're done I usually get some pretty great hugs and kisses, too! It's a good day when somebody's beloved pet comes into my studio.
Peanut Butter ... with everything from toast to hot dogs to smoothies and on a spoon right out of the jar. It's a universal food in my opinion.
Least favourite food
There are two ... liver and beets. Either on a plate served to me would be a quick way to ensure I'll never be back.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Eddington's of Exeter ... they make a killer Caesar Salad, their Mac & Cheese is amazing comfort food, their patio in the summer is THE place to be for a terrific evening and, often, great music.
Gosh, I like a lot of music. Country is often the go to when I'm driving - I like the stories - but I like 60's, smooth jazz, old standards and especially when I'm editing I'll throw on something classical like Lara St John or Bolero. I had the opportunity to watch a ballet performed to Bolero in Positano a couple of years ago. Magic!
Favourite vacation spot
Without a doubt, Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast. The people, the food, the everything! Positano has my heart, for sure. I enjoy travel in Europe but in the middle of a Canadian winter anywhere in the Caribbean is quick to get to and, for that, cruising is my vacation of choice. Once or twice each year I'll hop on a cruise and be spoiled by the food, sea air and falling asleep to the gentle waves.
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