The day I got my first camera, I decided I was going to be a photographer, come hell or high water.
I had big goals: I wanted to…
- Photograph high-end weddings all across the country
- Pay for my education without getting student loans
- Travel the world with my camera
- Have enough clients that I never had to worry about getting a ‘real job’
I quickly started photographing anything and everything, learning as I went, realizing that I was hemorrhaging money on equipment, burning myself out with too many shoots for not enough money, and overall just digging myself into a hole.
I leaned in. I hired professionals to help me grow my business, and I realized that I couldn’t learn by just googling anymore.
I had to make myself – and my business – a priority if this was going to turn from a dream into reality.
And it did!
- Started booking 30+ high-end weddings a year; not just in Newfoundland but in Vancouver, Banff, Halifax, and all across Canada
- Started working with huge brands like Macleans, Reader’s Digest, and Global News
- Went on multiple month-long trips through Europe, photographing it all!
- Regularly travel in my truck camper for weeks at a time
- Paid for my degree without going into debt
- Purchased my first home at 23, by myself!
- Was able to help my brother through school
The formal stuff:
Bachelors of Business Administration from Memorial University
Named Atlantic Canada’s Top Young Entrepreneur
Recipient of The Arts and Letters Award in Photography