Originally from the Toronto area, I moved to Belleville, Ontario back in 2010. I love the slower pace of life and the many beautiful and inspiring nature spots. It feels like we are in the best possible location here, with Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal and Algonquin just a few hours away in each direction!
My two biggest passions are photography and teaching. I have two degrees in child psychology and development, which have instilled in me patience, flexibility and very sharp observation skills!
In my spare time, I love to travel. I am happiest when I am outside and I love exploring what is around the bend. Most recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Zion National Park in Utah and Jasper National Park in Alberta. All three places have such different feels, but they all stole my heart with their beauty and grandeur. Travelling helps me channel my inner landscape photographer, as I started off with photographing landscapes with my first camera (film!) at the age of 13. You will notice my love of the outdoors infused into my portrait photography.
My photography style is classified as “lifestyle.” In short, this means I work to make moments happen and observe moments as they unfold. I creatively pose my clients in a way that is flattering, and I balance this with taking a step back to allow my clients to feel comfortable and be themselves. My ultimate goal is for my clients to forget that I'm there! Capturing the personality and essence of those whom I am photographing is what inspires me and continually pushes me to keep growing.
At jals photography, I am able to provide a boutique-style, customized experience. With many points of e-mail communication and in-person contact, I am able to carefully listen to my clients and work diligently to meet their goals for photography.
I am passionate about the value of printed photographs, and as such, I offer heirloom quality print products that can be passed down for generations to come. My clients treasure their photo albums and find joy in viewing their prints up on the wall.
When working with jals photography, my clients receive authentic moments that are captured forever and they are delighted by the way I infuse their relationship with the beauty of natural surroundings.