After my marriage ended and I became a single mom I didn’t know where to turn.
Guidance came in the form of a photojournalist. She was photographing the kids at the family centre where my son and I were swimming. It was obvious how much she enjoyed her job working for a daily paper. We had a rich conversation about what she did. Her happiness, brightness and gratitude came through as we spoke.
She became my inspiration. She helped to revive my love of photography. That conversation inspired me to go back to school and major in photojournalism. I received a Journalism Certificate from the local college.
I mentored with a well-established wedding photographer before opening my business eight years ago. Working with hundreds of clients has taught me how to create an easy, enjoyable experience for them with images that light them up. Over the years my clients have ranged from families and their life events to executives, entrepreneurs and artists.
My nature photographs were published in a best-selling book called Eco-Yards. It is one of a number of books and magazines who have published my photos. To see more of my landscape, wildlife and travel photography go to Debbie’s View.
For two years I exhibited my work at galleries as part of a professional women’s photography collective “femme foto” in Calgary, Alberta.
Recent shows, awards and residencies are below:
“Almost Black and White,” at The Old School House (TOSH), 2017.
“The Diversified World of The Oceanside Photography Society,” at The Old School House (TOSH), 2017.
The Print Swap winner, 2017. An international competition featuring photography by international photographers.
Resident artist at The McMillan Arts Centre, 2018.
Resident artist at Blue Sapphire Moon Gallery, 2018.
Professional organizations I have belonged to include: The PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) and PPOA (Professional Photographers of Alberta). I attend many photography conferences. To improve my publication skills I completed a multi-media computer certificate.
A Little More About Debbie
Well, as this was happening I started on a heart-centred spiritual path. From my studies I understood our lives have a purpose . . . a mission that we’re meant to do. My mission is to bring more love and beauty to the world through the people and nature I photograph. When I hike in the mountains and close to the ocean it reminds me of how important nature is for our well-being.
There have been obstacles along the way. Through heart-centred energy training I’ve learned how to transform obstacles into what my heart truly wants. The training skills included how to deeply listen, quick, easy tools to move through obstacles and specific work to bring more harmony to my inner world. As a healing practitioner I’ve brought these skills to help many people move through their own limitations into becoming more of who they want to be.
Now I bring this experience to photography clients in the form of encouragement and attentive listening as we talk about their passion. From this place they can express what they deeply care about. And I’m fortunate to be able to portray it.
You know what else I love to do – it’s to dance. I’ll put on some music I want to dance to and have a barefoot boogie in my living room or a happy dance in my office chair. Try it! It will make you feel happier!!!