I am often asked how I become a Kelowna Wedding Photographer and quite honestly, I knew what I wanted to be when I was around 8 years old. I just didn’t know it until MANY years later.
I realized in University (while getting a Bachelor of Education from Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University) that becoming a teacher wasn’t my passion. I was becoming a third generation teacher. It was in my genes and I knew I would be good at…it just didn’t seem like a perfect fit for my personality and artistic flair.
I persevered however. Taught my first year in South Korea (teaching English in a small town of 110,000 people) and then returned home to be shocked by the proposal I start teaching in the very town I had grown up in. I had never worked a day in the district so it was quite an amazing honour to be hired so quickly.
After eight years, I LOVED my students and my summers off were for traveling and furthering my travel photography. It was a good life but I felt like a square peg in a round hole. It wasn’t the right fit for me and I needed to do something drastic.
The summer I returned from France, I found my passion. After a close friend looked at all the photos I had taken she told me I had missed my calling. I had to be a photographer.
Funny how my passion all those years, just needed someone to call attention to it. It needed to be validated by someone I trusted and admired.
After that conversation, I looked into photography schools and gave my notice. I would teach one more year and then go and get a diploma to become a Professional Photographer. I choose Western Academy of Photography. It had a great two year diploma (done in an intensive 10 months) and was in a town I had always wanted to live. Victoria, B.C.
Even before I attended W.A.P., I knew I wanted to be a Wedding Photographer. Just as I loved travel photography for the culture and photo journalism…Weddings had that too. Each had it’s own intricate “culture”; lovingly crafted by the Bride and Grooms personality. It also had lots of opportunity for photo journalism and portraiture. Two things I loved.
I’ll show some photos from those first few Weddings I ever photographed in another blog. But right now I want to show you some photographs I took when I was 8. Orchestrated it all; down to the Honeymoon & Reception.
I think it is AMAZING that children so young, often know….they may just not have the words to express it. For those of you with children….watch closely. You may see a budding scientist, astronaut, musician or photographer in your midst.
My First Reception
And this was the Honeymoon shot in Rome…aka the bottom of my parents water fountain 🙂
Wedded Bliss Photography specializes in wedding and engagement photography in Kelowna and Vernon shooting at locations such as Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Bottega Farm Inn & Studio, Elysium Gardens, Manteo Resort, Sparkling Hill, Durali Villa and others.