Beauty has always been something I have loved from a young age, watching my grandmother who was a socialite, get all primped up for her evenings out with my grandfather. She would meticulously do her hair, makeup and nails, and draw her eyebrows in. She would then dress herself in fabulous gowns and furs.
It was a treat as a young girl to grow up around her. My mother wasn’t so much into dressing up, but I sure did grow up with an appreciation for getting all gussied up.
My mother however, did raise me to appreciate the arts, and it wasn’t long before I was drawing, painting and taking photos of everything in sight, with my little film camera.
Fast forward to 10 years ago, I decided to take up photography full time and pursue a career, doing something I absolutely loved and immediately started out of the gates, photographing women. I found my niche!!
Smiley Eyes Photography was evolved (my nickname “smiley” and “eyes” being the camera).
Since then I have learned, failed, tried again, and have grown to where I am now in my career. I still have lots to learn but am happy to do so! One can never stop learning 🙂
In addition to photography, I also own 2 studios in Edmonton which I have solely to rent out to those who do not have their own space. I have decorated them to appeal to boudoir photographers as well as everything in between.
I have also added teaching to my repertoire, and have my first (sold out) boudoir boot camp on March 5 called Better Boudoir Bootcamp, which I am super excited and nervous about.
Also, I have recently had work published on the cover of Blush magazine and in Solis magazine which was an awesome honor!!
One thing I have learned about photographing boudoir is that it is all about the experience. If you can bring a mix of professionalism, atmosphere and talent together along with knowing how to make your client look and feel amazing, you have won 🙂