This Monster


For today being what it is for me, I thought I would write a little bit more about who I am and how I got to be where I am today. There is so much I could write on this topic as anyone would, but these are the basics of how I ended up studying professional photography at NAIT's Photographic Technology program.

Growing up on the family farm with my parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister made for a lot of interesting stories and experiences, especially as I am in the middle of it all. I would be lying if I said that they did not or do not play a major part in my life anymore. They have helped me a lot in the last 2 years with projects, ideas, late night phone calls and general chaos when I make it home. I always feel your support and inspiration, no matter where I am. 


As every farming or ranching family knows, with all of the chaos that happens on a farm there is also always the hard work to be put in, as well as the peaceful moments, when all is right, to be taken in. Both of these scenarios has taught me a great amount, the basics of which I believe can be summed up into two quick phrases; don't be afraid to work hard for what you want and it can be achieved, as well as, enjoy the little things when they happen because they don't always come around very often. 

During high school, when I wasn't helping around home I could usually be found at the school doing something for our yearbook. I never had any intentions of being on the committee when I started Grade 9, but after I accidentally walked into the first meeting of that year, I was hooked. Yearbook offered me the opportunity to get behind a camera more, design a book, plan how to cover events, and get to know certain people in a way others don't get to. Ms.Goosen, my teacher, advisor and friend, gave me the photography bug, when she handed me the camera for the first time that year to capture some photos for the book. Two years as a co-editor with Katie helped us figure out our team, strengths and weaknesses and how to lift each other up when we need it. We may be spread across the globe right now, but we are still always there for each other. 

Quite a few of every other kind of moment included the family dog, Lexi, running along nearby as the cattle got fed, sitting on the deck while we ate supper, always patiently waiting to go exploring. Once I got the camera bug, the adventures began, we would just pick a direction and go. Lexi would go off snooping and always have to turn around and come back to check on me as I wouldn't get very far, entranced by a photo just waiting in front me. From then on, the camera I had gotten went almost everywhere with me, from snow banks to my work on the road construction it was always a challenge to see things in new ways and capture the emotion that it can present.

Everything that I have experienced has built me up to the person I am today and I can't wait to see what the future brings. This little monster, that the bug I got has become, is going to take me on quite the adventure and I can't wait to see where it goes and what we accomplish. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in my life already, even if I may not say it very often, it means a crazy amount to me to have all of you behind me.

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