About ME! ~ Ottawa Photographer

Oh, the elusive self-portrait. I’ve only ever posted one once before on the blog since they kinda stress me out! I find it awkward to take and edit photos of myself. I end up being so picky that the photos end up sitting on my computer forever more. Its hard to just put yourself out there! In some ways they are therapeutic though. It forces me to step outside of my comfort zone and look myself right in the eye. Something I don’t do nearly enough of.

Here are some random facts about me. Like REALLY random. But I couldn’t just post a picture with no words, so here goes! πŸ˜‰

~ I am a 27 years old. Born in the 80’s. πŸ™‚

~ I have 2 adopted Children. ‘Z’ is 3 years old (born in 2007) and she is from Ethiopia. ‘I’ is almost 6 (born in 2005) and he was adopted as an older child from Ontario’s foster care system. My husband and I chose adoption over biological children. We both feel strongly that its love that makes you a family, not blood. You can see my insanely gorgeous kids here, here and here.

~ Before becoming a photographer I worked part time as a jail guard for 3 years.

~ I am completely self-taught in both Photography and Graphic Design. I’ve spent hours and hours (and years!) reading, researching and learning through trial and error. I know I’ve still got a long way to go but I love the process of learning new things. And I find that the times I learn best are when I’m stressed. It relaxes me to have something to focus on other than whatever is stressing me!

~ I daydream about the PERFECT session and the PERFECT poses ALL THE TIME. I’ve got this gigantic warehouse in my brain that is constantly overflowing with ideas that are just itching to get out. It just takes the right client!

~ I crop images in my head. I think its a sickness reserved for only the most insane photographers.

~ I look for the best qualities in everyone I meet and I try to help people where I can because I firmly believe that what goes around, comes around.

~ I’m secretly very shy and suffer from anxiety. I find large social situations to be super awkward and MUCH prefer small social gatherings. This is one of the reasons I will likely never be a wedding photographer.

~ I once sat beside the bass guitar player from The Cranberries on an airplane.

~ We have two Pugs. Emma and Peanut. I absolutely ADORE these animals and my dream when I retire is to open up a rescue home for abandoned or abused Pugs.

~ I love Ethiopian food. Its the one cuisine that I could literally eat every single day and never be sick of.

~ I’m addicted to Twitter! Won’t you join me?

~ My favorite move of all time is Across the Universe. And this version of “Let It Be” from the movie makes me SO emotional every time I hear it.

~ I can count on one hand how many times I’ve worn make-up. I hate the way it feels on my face.

~ Eating Pork literally makes me sad – so I don’t. I love Pigs.

~ I hate the winter. I could move to California tomorrow and be completely content with never seeing another snowflake in my life!

~ I have HUGE dreams and goals for my business that would blow a person’s mind! I can’t wait until they become a reality so I can share them all with you. πŸ™‚

16 thoughts on “About ME! ~ Ottawa Photographer

  1. angela

    yay!!!!!!! i love this shot:)
    and the random facts. i secretly love *across the universe* – secretly because everyone i know HATED it,lol.
    and i post process people in my head. is that bad?
    and your kids are ridiculously gorgeous and i love your family. i come from a family of fosterers and adopters – this is a special thing.

    and we need coffee soon:)

  2. Robyn Russell

    Hi, I’m back ;)*creep* Cropping photos in your head. I kinda do something similar (cos putting your hands out to look through a “pretend” frame is not cool by any means, lol). It’s not a sickness … I think when you’ve done shot enough, it just becomes a part of who you are. Did you have a hard time sitting next to the bassist from the Cranberries? I would have yelled out “Zombie” like Delores (with her accent and all) at least a dozen times if I was in your seat! Lucky!!

  3. Renee

    Love it!!! Nice to learn more about you!! We miss you lots-we are looking at making a stop in Ottawa next summer on our way back to Russia so we will be calling you.

  4. diana

    Nice to really meet you, Danielle! I have no doubt you will accomplish all your goals! Your hard work as already paid off, for sure!

  5. Donna Larmour

    Love this post Danielle! Every time you post I think “I really want to meet this girl!” Maybe someday πŸ™‚
    I have never tried Ethiopian food but it sounds interesting. Maybe someday!

  6. jude

    i LOVE that you adopted your children, and they are SO gorgeous! i loved that whole shoot you did with them too! I wish i could convince my dh to adopt i’ve always wanted too. I would love to adopt #5!

  7. Amber Black

    Wow, this is great to get to know you Danielle! I could never picture you as a jail guard either. Your children are gorgeous!! Across the Universe is one of my favorite movies too. I think I might put that on this afternoon after reading this ;). I am a huge Beatles fan and think they did an excellent job with this movie using their songs.

  8. Jaime Coyle

    Holy cow, do we ever have a lot in common! I love how you’ve put yourself out there in this post. If I ever take a shower again and actually do something with myself and take a self portrait I might borrow your idea!

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