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HI!

I’m Dani

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TODDLER-MOM, WIFE, ANTHROPOLOGIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, AND (REAL) MAPLE SYRUP ENTHUSIAST.

I am also many other things, as we all are. Our pasts shape our present; the wins, the hardships, and the people in our lives all contribute to who we are and how we see and experience the world. I’d like to share a bit about who I am and where I come from because my experiences have, in no uncertain terms, shaped the way I see the world through my lens.

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I AM CANADIAN.

I miss many things about home including its large swaths of larger-than-life nature, super nice people, Tim Hortons, real maple syrup, but mainly, I miss my family. We’re a small but mighty bunch.

I AM RESILIENT.

My parents divorced when I was 18. My dad remarried and made a new family. My mom started and lost a business, and subsequently our home. This led to seven years of self-destructive behaviour. In short, I did a lot of stupid things. After a life-altering trip to Vietnam in my mid-20’s, I started university as a mature student. Over the course of earning my bachelor’s degree in International Relations, I also ran a student organization, planned and led over eight international trips for over 100 students. I’m deeply proud of overcoming the challenges I faced and working to positively contribute to the world. 

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I AM AN
ANTHROPOLOGIST.

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I spent three months serving up french fries alongside a fierce female entrepreneur in Kibera, Kenya. Why? To observe and learn how she used mobile money to support her business. Over the course of five years, I built trust with a mother by the name of Mary. Her son, Edward, was epileptic. She treated him with medication when she could, but also, she believed taking him to church would cure him. I eventually understood why. 


This background equipped me with the unique observation skills I use today. I see things others don’t. (Plus I have some really cool stories to tell.) 

I AM A MOM.

And when I became a mom I struggled with postpartum anxiety.


Photography had always been a passion, but during this time, it had a purpose. It became an outlet for my anxiety and my photographs became physical proof that my daughter and I were in fact safe. This is what began my transformation into a family documentary photographer.

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I AM NOT

 

into making trendy photos that look like everyone else's. 

THIS IS WHY.

 
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Dani was the first person to come to our home just five days after I had given birth. Dani was warm, easy to be around and so professional; she made us feel totally comfortable from the second she arrived.

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