On my sixteenth birthday, my grandma gave me a jade heart shaped pendant (shown in the above photo). She told me that she was going to give it to me on my graduation but had decided to give it to me early. That same birthday was when I got my first SLR camera, and from then on became obsessed with photography. Three years later, in 2010, I moved to Victoria and started studying photography in the University of Victoria Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

One of the most important aspects of a visual art education is presentation of the artwork. As photography was my discipline, I covered things such as format printing, mounting, matting, darkroom developing, framing, studio lighting, installation, hanging techniques, photo and video editing, and much more. Thinking back, what else would be more practical? Of course, my education was not limited to visual art! I chose to take a variety of electives, including but not limited to the following: Anthropology, Geography, Ancient Politics, a minor in Film Studies (Horror film, Documentary film, Bollywood film, Popular Culture Theory, and Moving Camera Aesthetics).

My time at UVic was probably one of the greatest challenges of my life, but I’m incredibly glad that I stuck with it. Isn’t it funny how periods of time can feel overwhelming and sometime awful… but after taking a breath and stepping back, one realizes the amount learned and accomplished is so very invaluable. I’m already seeing my education affect my life today. A year ago, I would have proclaimed that it didn’t make a difference.

Two days ago it all became official. Sealing the deal on the previous four years of my life. They put it on paper,  signed it, and complimented my shoes while handing it to me. Of course, I did not do it all on my own and I’m thankful for the continual support received from my family and friends.

It has been almost surreal, having just streamlined myself directly from University into a full time wedding photography business, I couldn’t be more ready.

Keep calm and snap on! :)

Family photo at UVic

Mom snapped this one of me and my 5D!

After spending some time at UVic taking photos, and shooting cups of coffees at the reception we went on to have supper at my favourite restaurant in town! Be Love, a raw/vegan/gluten free join downtown. I stuffed myself with falafels, nettle lasagna, and brazil nut cacao cheesecake!

Be love vegan restaurant
Be love vegan cheesecake

For contrast, here is a photo of me on my first day of grade two:

Red roses