I've recently found my calling, combining several of my passsions: observing, asking questions, learning new things, meeting people and discovering their quirks and most of all seeing the beauty in every day instances. 

And I do that through both my writing and editing projects as well as the photography portion of my business, which is based out of the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island.

And it has evolved over years of coffee-drinking and studying journalism and English literature and working as a reporter. I graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts, a major in Creative Writing/Journalism and minor in English.

I also spent time working for two local newspapers, one of which now has unfortunately closed. Working for the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, I covered a little bit of everything. And I mean everything including council meetings, breaking news, arts and entertainment, sports and charity events and fundraisers. 

I’ve written in-depth features on water births and birth photography, for example and I was also very lucky to have a monthly mommy column published on funny, interesting and controversial parenting topics.

I'm also very lucky to be the mom to two very cool and beautiful children Jack and Audrey.

All along the way, I've kept my Canon cameras close. I captured photos to run with feature articles. I've documented my crazy life raising my children. 

Today, on a day-to-day basis I’m either snapping cool shots with my iPhone of my crew or lugging around my cameras to capture photos for clients or for projects/assignments I'm working on. 

As a writer/editor/photographer I can offer a number of services (please click on either the Writing or Photography tabs for more information). 

As a blogger, I hope I can entertain you with our adventures and provide some knowledge from my experiences of being a mommy of two (please find my posts by clicking on the Blog tab). I update my blog monthly, typically on the first Sunday. 

Questions and inquiries can be directed to 250-701-5901 or ashleydegraaf@outlook.com. 

Nice to meet you. 

The photos of me and my children were taken by the lovely and very talented photographer Amee Nijjar