My name is Ashley Degraaf and I'm a freelance writer and family photographer based out of the Cowichan Valley. I'm also the creator, editor and writer of the parenting blog, West Coast Moms

I've created my dream job by blending all of my passions together (and I couldn’t be happier); observing, learning, meeting people and discovering their quirks and seeing the beauty in simple moments.

And I do that through both writing and my blog as well as the family photography portion of my business.

Family photography is the primary focus of my business. However, I also love telling stories and sharing my parenting experiences and others. Whether it's behind the lens or as part of my blog, rarely do I ever turn off my creativity and artistic vision. Even when I'm out and about exploring the beautiful West Coast with my children I take ordinary moments and wonder how I might be able to turn them into a great photo, for example or a cool post on parenting I can share with others.