Exactly as it’s spelt. Gin-ev-re (Gin-ev-ra).
Australia – and I lived in quite a few different places so I don’t really consider myself to be from any one place. Alberta is now my home. I actually hate being asked this question, as I consider myself Canadian now, so I really hope you are reading this before we meet 😉
I moved here with my husband in late 2007. I’m now a Canadian citizen. One of the nicest things someone said to me the day I became a citizen is that I’m more Canadian than some who were born here. I would love to lose the accent, unfortunately I don’t think it will happen anytime soon.
My story: I started learning from photography books when I was young, and spent my free time shooting landscapes. I knew I wanted to do this for a living. I went to university and studied ecology, because I always loved to photograph tiny plants and grand landscapes. It seemed to make sense at the time. But the artistic side of me eventually won out over the scientific side. I started shooting professionally in 2005. I strongly believe that being professional means being legal, insured, competent, consistent and ethical. In addition to that I still feel that photography is an art, not a commodity. I have looked through that viewfinder with the goal of creating a beautiful image time after time, client after client, it’s what I was born to do. Photos are precious memories. Doing them right is important to me.
Unfortunately no. This is my business and my livelihood, and I’ve been doing it a long time. I’ve invested over $30,000 in my gear, and I have ongoing expenses to pay for before I even get a slice of the pie. Then out of that slice I have to pay for things that employers often pay for, like health insurance, retirement and so on. This is before the day to day living expenses and essentials like food (and wine). Think of it this way, if your boss asked you to do the same amount of hours but at half your current pay, would you do it? Or what if your boss asked you to work for free?
Yes I’m aware that you can get cheaper photography, but you aren’t getting the same thing at all. This is something people understand when they come to me after being burned by a cheaper photographer and see how I do things. Trust me on this one, and don’t let budget be the overriding factor in making your decision. You can always get more money, but you can’t get your baby 6 days old again or your wedding day repeated. If it’s important to you, do it right.
After we chat details, booking is all done online through my studio booking system. A retainer is required to confirm all bookings, the amount depends on what type of session it is. You will also sign the contract online. It’s easy and it takes less than five minutes.
As soon as I can possibly get them edited. This varies with the time of year. During summer and fall, please allow me a few weeks for portrait sessions and up to three months for weddings. This is because I am usually out shooting more than I’m in the office editing, there just aren’t enough hours in the week. I do my best not to overbook so that you won’t be waiting too long because I know you’re dying to see those photos! I edit them one at a time, and look at every single one, and weed out any that don’t meet my standards. This takes a while but some things are worth waiting for.
Yes, unless you ask me not to. I am discrete about things like save-the-dates and baby’s gender reveal, if I’m not sure I’ll check with you before posting as I know you might want to announce certain things in your own time.
Professional lab prints can be ordered from your online gallery. The gallery is only up for a limited time so let them know right away.
Absolutely, I’ll travel anywhere in Canada for your wedding.
I am perfectly happy to photograph any couple that is in love, is drawn to my work, and wants amazing wedding photos. It makes no difference to me if they happen to be of the same gender.
I won’t shoot hunting themes, guns etc. or anything that portrays the killing of animals. As a vegetarian (who eats almost no dairy either), I do not approve of hunting. I feel very strongly about this. If you are a hunter, it’s best that we don’t work together at all. I simply I do have a cute little newborn fishing outfit though, many fisherman throw the fish back to live another day so I can live with that. I’ll do outdoor camping themes and such, just not hunting specific.
I don’t really like jumping shots. I’ll do them if you desperately want them but it’s not my thing. I always worry that someone will break an ankle. And it’s kinda been done to death. I am also not keen on heart shapes made with hands and things like that. I do quite like props though, they can be fun and always seem to turn out well. Despite the fact that burlap, barnwood and rustic is done so much, I still love it because it’s very Albertan.
I won’t replicate a bunch of photos from 100 different weddings you gathered on Pinterest, because It’s just not possible. I will shoot YOUR moments and tell your story, and it will be beautiful and unique to you.
I can’t hike very far with my gear. I have an autoimmune disease and I’m just not tough enough to climb mountains with a heavy pack. So if you are dreaming of a five mile hike and photos at the end, I can recommend someone else for you 🙂
I think my list of things I don’t want to shoot is pretty small really. Safety first, and other than that if it will make a great photo I’ll try it.