I’m Margaret and I’m so glad you stopped by. Just to tell you a little bit about myself, I am a wife to a loving husband and a mother to a handsome little boy. They mean the world to me and I’m so thankful that they are behind me and support me as I follow my dreams as a photographer.
Besides my family, the grace of God has been significant in my photography journey. I’m so thankful that He changed and redeemed my life so that today I can see the beauty in everything I capture. Because of Him, life is beautiful and worthy of documenting. I am incredibly thankful for this gift and opportunity to document His grace in the lives of the people around me.
I graduated from SFU with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a certificate in SIS (Spatial Information Systems). I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of this earth, and curious to explore and learn more about it. I thought by becoming a geographer, I would get to travel to many interesting places and study interesting things but instead I became a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analyst who sat in front of a computer and made maps! But I absolutely loved it! My first job was working for the Winter Olympics (VANOC), and making hundreds and hundreds of maps for the public with my amazing team, and it was the best working experience I’ve ever had in my life. I loved creating beautiful maps even if it required me to sit in front of the computer all day long. I guess that explains why I love sitting in front of my editing computer and edit away without realizing half of my day has gone by! I would say I love editing pictures even more because every picture I edit tells a story and puts a smile on my face! And I enjoy every bit of it.
My last job before my pursuit of photography was working at city hall making maps for the parks and recreation department. I really enjoyed providing maps and spatial analysis for the city planners and engineers to support their projects but it was also during that period I experienced some tough times when I suffered multiple miscarriages. When I was pregnant again with my little boy I was so sick and needed bed rest. It was not easy so I decided to take a break from work and set my priority on my family. I trust that God will take care of the rest for me.
When my little boy was finally born safely, I was overjoyed with tears. He’s truly a blessing! And I would be taking pictures of him all the time with my phone, but the pictures were not always in their best quality. I really wanted to take better pictures and capture not only his unique little features, but also those precious and fleeting moments.
My husband had previously purchased a DSLR camera for a forensic photography course that he had to take for work, and it had been sitting on his desk untouched for months. He tried his best to educate me about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, so that I could make use of the camera but this exposure triangle was not making any sense to me at that time. And the pictures taken with that kit lens were not very pleasing. It was only until later when our talented friend who was also our engagement and wedding photographer recommended that I try the reasonably priced but awesome ‘nifty fifty’ lens (aka Canon 50mm F/1.8). I was blown away by the results. And then the rest was me trying everything I could to learn about photography from reading articles, joining photography webinars, following photography bloggers, attending online workshops to taking lots and lots of pictures everyday. I was so passionate to learn everything about photography. I believe when you love doing something, you are going to do it the very best you can. I will be forever learning, and forever bettering myself for the sake of me as well as my clients.
Thanks so much for reading my story! I hope that you will take some time to get to know me more through my photography. Be sure to look through my portfolio and contact me to tell me all about the session you have in mind! Can’t wait to meet you!