I took my first polaroid picture when I was 4. I was immediately in love, watching my mother's face come to life. It was magical, and I was hooked. After using disposable mail-aways and my father's hand-me-downs, I finally got my first camera. It was pink. And I loved it. I stalked classmates and stuffed animals, flowers and family pets. If I thought it was beautiful or funny, heart-warming or sad, I wanted to capture it.
"The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera." Yousef Karsh
With my heart and mind in the right place, it was time to get serious. I first walked into a darkroom in my senior year of high school. It was old and out of shape but not so much that I couldn't still feel the magic under the darkroom light. I learned a little but not enough. Next stop, college. I entered Humber College in Toronto to study Creative Photography in the jam-packed two-year program. We started with more than 80 students, but only 42 of us graduated. Two graduated with honours; I was one of them. I am more than just a hobbyist. I am educated.
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." George Eastman
Fifteen years of studio experience taught me tips and tricks they don't teach in school. I have shot everything from two-day-old newborns to ninety-year-old grandparents, small families and wedding parties of thirty, beverage menus and flashlights, produce and pets.
I love it all. It is my life.
"...put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you." Dorthea Lange