My path to photography...for realz

Two years ago I was recently relieved of my "day job," as my employer (global software company) decided to move all development operations from Canada (where our product was born) to India.  Ninety of us left our family home on Albert St in Waterloo and most found new homes throughout the region.  While I loved my job, I wasn't ready to just find a new home.  I wanted something more, but I didn't know what that was yet.  After a year of trying some new things, including a startup, I decided to relax and just spend time with my daughter, husband and his boys and enjoy a break.  I picked up my camera and got more serious about capturing pictures of their activities.  While I have always loved photography, and I did enjoy doing photobooks and capturing my daughter's riding and basketball, I never really did much outside or that or took the time to get out of the "auto" modes of the camera.

Pretty soon, I realized I had found a new/old passion.  Within a couple months, I had a registered business, logos, business cards, a website, and a social media presence.  My stepsons had hundreds of pictures from their  hockey games, and I was getting better with manual settings on the camera and faster at sifting through thousands of pics and picking out my favorites.  I have volunteered as team photographer for hockey and lacrosse, and help a new and growing local online news source (519SportsOnline) when I have the opportunity. 

Partnering with SeeWhatSheCanDo is another logical step in my journey and one that I was fortunate enough to stumble upon while working my first major assignment as the tournament photographer for the 2018 Provincial Pickleball Championships.  SeeWhatSheCanDo is such a positive platform to help women find news and information about women's sport opportunities, and I am excited to help promote it, as well as participate myself as a female sports photographer.

Sports have always been a part of my life (picture is from a few years ago when I still played soccer in the local women's competitive league), and I find the value that sport gives people of all ages, extends beyond physical health and wellbeing.  And I want to add to that value by allowing people to share their experiences or keep those memories for themselves and refer to them whenever they need a trip down memory lane.  I look forward to more opportunities and I hope to see you around, wherever that may be.  If you recognize me (tall redhead with a hat of some kind is likely), please do stop and say hello and introduce yourself!  



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