Toronto Wedding Photographer
I prefer to go by Chel. I can be an awkward turtle. I kinda like it. I am a proud South Oshawa resident. I spent a significant amount of my childhood in Glasgow. I sometimes use weird Scottish words. I love a Jack Russell named Jack. I did that on purpose. I hydrate almost exclusively with tea or lattes. I wish I could read a book a day but days aren't as long as I want them to be. I have this insatiable love of being surrounded by books. I like the library. My amazing boyfriend let me take the biggest room in our house as my studio. I am in heaven in it and spend as many hours there as he allows. Three days before our first date I booked a one way ticket to Scotland. Photography has been my heartbeat for 9 years. I have awesome immigrant parents that never told me to do something else. Getting away to the wilderness for as long as possible, void of the perks of society, is the most relaxing getaway. The forest re-centres my perspective in a way I can’t describe. I hold two passports and I've been to 10 countries. Which I find is far too little. Seeing the world is life's greatest achievement, in my opinion. I am forever excited to see what the future holds.
I first discovered the art of photography in the high school darkroom at 16. I took the class thinking it would be an easy grade. I didn’t get the great marks but it introduced me to a life long love. The first area of photography I wanted to pursue was photojournalism.
I wanted to photograph important world happenings and cover conflicts. While I revered Robert Capa, the unavoidable risk set me on a different path. After getting my first job to pay for my first DSLR, I dived right in photographing and learning everything I could. I worked as a co op student at a local studio where I photographed my first wedding at 18. When I completed high school, I studied art and design at Durham College followed by the Creative Photography program at Humber College. I registered my business at 21, put up a website and expected clients to flood in. Photography school doesn’t teach you much about business. After losing direction but never my love for a couple years, I ran off to Glasgow. I spent 3 months exploring the streets and seeing as much as the country as possible. While away I also visited Marrakesh, Morocco and Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. Photographing these incredible places everyday gave me a taste of what my life could be. Travelling to amazing places whenever I wanted and the freedom to do so. As always, I wanted to be a full time photographer. Upon returning to Canada I took on second shooting gigs with wedding photographers and fell into a deep passion for wedding photography and capturing the emotion and natural moments of the day in a photojournalistic way.
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