2014 Photographer of the Year – Calgary Family Photography

A week later, and it still seems surreal. The whole thing. Being named the National Association of Professional Child Photographers 2014 Photographer of the Year. In the past week I have received a flood of emails, calls and well wishes – the amount of support has been overwhelminig for someone used to being really low key about things.  And I know I have said this over and over again this past week, but they are a few of my favourite words and I mean it – “thank you”. I have read each and every note and email, listened to the calls, and drop ins and have been so very touched by the time each one of you have taken to congratulate me.  It has truly been one of the most unique weeks for me, and I so appreciate all the support I have recieved. I am so very very grateful for it all. You have touched me more than you could ever know. It’s not often that you get an opportunity to say how grateful and thankful you are for the people and communities in your life. I firmly believe that no one is successful alone, and it takes a village to be successful as a creative, so I’d like to take the opportunity to thank mine.

To my clients – I am indebted to you. For believing in me and for choosing me to be your family photographer. It really means everything to me, and nothing I do would be possible without your continued support. I so cherish the relationships and friendships that have formed throughout the years and look forward to many more!

Many, many thanks to the NAPCP, Alice Park and her incredible team, the judges and the broader NAPCP community. I have said this before, but it bears repeating. There are lots of photography communities and associations out there, and what makes NAPCP unique is the intentional cultivation of a true sense of community. From incredible retreats, to informational articles, to being able to pop on and ask a question and have like minded professionals helping you out, I haven’t experienced anything like it.  So many thanks the all for the friendships I have formed through NAPCP – they are my international support system and I am blessed to have such a strong community to continue to be inspired by.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart my photographer friends who I value more and more each day. An incredibly diverse group of people, you are all kind, supportive and authentic – all things I value in true friends.  I so appreciate all your words of encouragement, business talks, glasses of wine shared, and openness. You make me want to be a better person, never mind a better photographer.  Ardelle N; Mandy B; Barb T; Jenifer S; Crystal J; Suzanne T; Kristin M; Jennifer G; Paul F; Liisa S; Fritz T; Anne K; Robyn R and of course Hillary C. Little did I know how much my life would change when I randomly emailed you and asked for some help. Thank you for being an inspiration and mentor to me long before you even knew me (thanks to Dana P for the push I needed to contact you!).  I so admire your hard work, dedication and passion for the profession. Thanks for believing in me. I am humbled to call you all friends and am  so excited to see where the next journey takes us.

Thanks to two of the best photography teachers I have ever had. Andrea Joki, for kicking it up for me a huge notch and constantly inspiring me to be better, get the technical nailed and push the creative aspect. You are a kind and giving soul and I am always inspired by your work. Sam Hurd for an incredible workshop, sharing so freely and being so incredibly down to earth and approachable.  I learned so much in that one day that I continue to draw upon. If either one of these photographers has a workshop in your area, don’t think about it twice, just go sign up.

A special thank you to Helen G for teaching me to set those bright and shiny goals and not get attached to the outcome – it really works ;).

Many, many, many thanks to my friends and family for their constant support encouragement, and partnerships too. I love having you in my tribe and am so thankful to have you in my life.

To my parents, Tim and Joan C. If you know them at all, you know they are the two of the most hard working, kind, generous and humble people you could ever meet. I am so incredible blessed to have the two of you of mentors and guides in my life. Thank you for your love and support, and for indulging me in my passions.

To my very own wolf pack. Thanks to you, I am no longer alone (I couldn’t resist). You complete my life and make me whole. My husband reacted to the news by actually using his social media accounts to spread the word, that’s how I knew he really was excited!  Gabriel gave me a huge hug and told me how proud he was; Liam wanted to know where we were eating to celebrate; and Evan got very emotional, hugged me and said “Congratulations Mom, one of your dreams came true. You must have worked very hard”.  Indeed I did. But not without a lot of help.

With gratitude and much love,

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NAPCP Photographer of the Year 2014

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