Ultimately, what I want you to know about me is that I'm just like you. I'm not mysterious or arty or hipster or glam. I'm just a person who struggles with mornings, needs copious amounts of coffee to function sometimes, and ponders the meaning of her life. I am raising nine kids (yes NINE!) with my incredible partner and it's sometimes delightful and often times challenging. I work hard, love what I do, but even the happily self-employed sometimes don't want to go to work in the morning. ;)
My art, my work, my story is just as delightful and messy and chaotic as yours. Why is this important to you? Because that means I can dig into your session. I understand how hairy it gets trying to get all the kids out of the door looking presentable (um, nine kids you guys). It means that I understand running late. I completely get how badly you stress over everything being just right but also can help you relax and breathe because ultimately if your daughter won't keep that adorable bow on her head it's not really the end of the world.
I am life-as-usual. I'm accessible and real. I'm kind. I'm funny. I love to laugh and I have a wicked sense of humor and I will roll with you when it gets crazy at your session. I don't believe in posed, stiff, and uncomfortable portraits. If that's your gig, please keep on looking. We're going to have fun, laugh a lot, and capture some images of your family being... well, your family.
I hope to meet you soon. :)
Portrait of Chantel provided by the awesomely amazing Rona Leah Photography