And I do that through both my writing and editing projects and both of my blogs 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 scroll through the Services pages for more information).
Also take a scroll through my Galleries pages as well to see samples of my photography. While you're at it my Resume is just below this section so keep scrolling.
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. My blog is called 'Coffee Mom.' If you know me, you know this perfectly sums me up in two words. From time to time I also include guest blog posts from other wonderful parents in the community. I also have a second blog on various photography topics as well as 'Feature' favourite sessions (see that blog as well under, ya you guessed it, 'Featured').
Questions and inquiries can be directed to 250-701-5901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photos of me and my children were taken by the lovely and very talented photographer Amee Nijjar.
REPORTER Cowichan Valley Citizen (2005-2010)
-Covered a variety of beats including news, council meetings, sports and arts and entertainment, starting off as a summer reporter and eventually securing a part-time job.
INTERN Nanaimo Daily News (2008)
-Covered numerous stories and topics including a first person feature on Bikram yoga as part of an internship through Vancouver Island University's journalism/creative writing program.
EDITOR AND PUBLICIST Portal Magazine (2007 and 2008)
-Was granted the role as prose editor for the 2007 and 2008 editions of Vancouver Island University's literary magazine as well as a member of the marketing and publicity team both years as well.
-Conducted the magazine's feature interview and profile on Canadian poet Dionne Brand for the 2007 edition.
REPORTER Cowichan News Leader Pictorial and Station Magazine (2010-2015)
-Covered a variety of beats including news, council meetings, sports and arts and entertainment and wrote several in-depth features for the newspaper's special sections, including Station Magazine. Also spent quite a bit of time proof-reading the newspaper, special sections and magazine before publication.
FREELANCE WRITER for various publications including Arbutus and Island Parent magazines (2015-current)
-Contracted to write feature articles on various topics including parenting-related pieces as well as profiles and special segments including a Coffee Chat Q&A with interesting members of the community for Arbutus magazine. I write a bi-monthly column 'Is There an App for This?' for Island Parent magazine and have also appeared in various publications including Running Room Magazine.
PHOTOGRAPHER professional (2015-current)
-I've been a professional and family photographer for about a year now but have always been interested in photography in general. I captured photos as a journalist and have documented my children's adventures for years.