This decade will be one that I will never forget when it comes to my photography journey.

Niagara Falls – taken in 2011 with an old point and shoot.

2011: I took my dad’s old point and shoot camera to a family trip to Niagara Falls and took my very first photos of nature. I fell in love with it!

Taken in 2012 at the University of Guelph Arboretum with my very first DSLR.

2012: I got my first DSLR (one of the early Canon Rebels) and began photographing what I loved most – nature and wildlife.

A crow sitting on top of stones of an ancient temple in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India – 2013

2013: I decided to change my path from environmental sciences to environmental communications. I applied and got accepted into the Environmental Visual Communications (EVC) program. My hope was to merge my environmental science background with photography to help share the environmental story, inspiring positive action. At that time I had no idea what the future held for this career path, but it felt right. I’m grateful that I made this choice because it led to some incredible opportunities.

The sun rising over electric towers in a field in Pickering, Ontario – 2016

2014-2016: I graduated from University of Guelph with a BSc in Environmental Biology, started and completed my post-graduate degree in Environmental Visual Communications, and started volunteering with Photographers Without Borders. I also worked on some exciting projects for the Royal Ontario Museum, including documenting parts of their blue whale project. I experimented with photographing just about everything, from portraits and events, to street and landscapes. I even photographed a wedding!

An egret in Lake Nicaragua at sunset – Taken in 2017 from Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

2017: Lots of soul-searching occurred during this time. I felt unsatisfied with the direction my photography career was going. I was focusing so heavily on portraits and events, because it was bringing in money. But it wasn’t what I wanted to be photographing. During this time, I also took a trip to Nicaragua with Photographers Without Borders which reminded me of why I fell in love with photography in the first place and what my goals were when I first started. It was the inspiration I needed to start getting back on track.

An image from a photoshoot for ethical fashion designer, Kate Austin – 2018

2018: More soul-searching — what type of photographer did I want to be? I dabbled in ethical fashion photography for a while and met some incredible people.

A saw-whet owl at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto – 2019

2019: I made the decision to return to what I love most — nature and wildlife. I took down all my portrait work and started the process of creating new goals that align with my soul’s desires.

Lots of ups and downs, trial and error, experimenting and learning happened during these years. But it was all worth it, because I’m entering this new decade with lots of lessons and the intention of only doing what feels right and brings me joy. Excited to see what the future holds. 💚

Thank you to each and every one of you for all the support over the years!

Here’s to a new decade with progress, peace and joy. ✨ Happy 2020!

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