20 Years…

In May 1996, I graduated from a small photography school in Vancouver. I had a base of knowledge and set up my business and for the last 20 years I’ve photographed a wide range of special life events… everything from births to babies to beautiful children to weddings and lots of corporate head shots mixed in for good measure. My photography style has grown and changed, as I’ve learned new techniques and found my groove. It’s been something I simply love to do.

One of my very first images taken after I graduated!


An image from my latest engagement session…


As I look back on the last 20 years, I’m so very grateful. Grateful for every single session and the trust of each and every one of my clients. Grateful to have lived this dream. Grateful to have been able to share my passion with all of you.

Some of you may have noticed that for the last year or so, the blog has been very quiet, and I wanted to take a moment and explain why.

Some of what I’ve been sharing has been my challenges of parenting while working on my business. As my girls have gotten older, it’s been harder and harder for me to share those experiences, as they no longer feel like they just belong to me. I need to allow my girls the opportunity to have their privacy and to choose how much they want to share with the world. So I’ve stopped sharing about that side of life here as often as I once did. It just felt like the right thing to do.

The other reason is my passion and focus have been elsewhere. Two years ago, when I learned how to spin, a whole different world opened up for me. A lot of my creative energy has been focused on designing knitwear patterns, spinning, knitting and crocheting. I’ve started business with my mom and we recently launched a new website and blog. You can find us here: Crafty JAK’s. It’s still a work in progress but I’m excited about where it’s going.

So I guess that leaves the question… what’s happening here? I’m still here. I’m still going to be photographing families, babies, weddings and other special life events. I’m just going to be blogging less and less. I’ve noticed that a lot of my sessions lately have been ones where people prefer to keep their images private, which I will always respect 100%. So I’m letting the blog “go”. I no longer want to be feeling guilty for not blogging regularly, like I’m “letting people down”. The posts will still come…just not as frequently as they once did.

This post has been very hard for me to write. I feel like I’m saying goodbye… when I’m really not. I’m just freeing myself from one part of my business that I no longer have the creative energy to maintain. I plan to continue to photograph all the special moments in your lives for a long time to come!

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this journey with me.

With Gratitude,

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