Born and raised on the east coast of Canada in a small village called Memramcook my interest in photography started at the very young age of 13. My interest in fashion photography grew through out the years. In 2006 I moved to Edmonton AB for work. My hopes were to grow my photography business as a wedding and portrait photographer. Being new to the city my business didn’t grow as fast as I had hoped and I decided to sell all of my equipment. Two years later I realized that photography was the only thing I was truly passionate about. So I went out and purchased a DSLR and starting shooting fashion like I had always dreamed of. For the last 4 years I have been published internationally, have made many friends throughout the industry and have traveled to places I never thought I would. Inspired by vintage styles, textures and colorful patters, I photograph with a purpose, to inspire.
An Interview with April
Q. When is your birthday?
A. 23 of April 1978
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. My friends decided to throw me a surprise birthday party when I turned 18. They invited the whole school. I was so shocked. I never thought anyone would do anything like that for me. I was always bullied in school so to see so many people show up was crazy. I remember crying behind my sunglasses from being so overwhelmed. I definitely felt like a rock star that night!
Q. How about your worst? And why?
A. Any birthday without my family and friends is always the worst.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Celebrating life and your journey, your life experiences!
Q. Do you/your family have a tradition/rituals/ceremonies to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. No traditions.
Q. What is your life motto?
A. Live your life! You can’t always live it to the fullest but live! Take time to enjoy the important moments. Love your family and friends. Be kind to others and travel!!!!!
Q. What/Whom drives you to keep going and why?
A. Myself! You can have all the support you can have but I believe the only person that can push you to keep going is yourself. My friends and family can tell me to keep going as much as they want but I’m the only one that will get me out of bed in the morning and create!
Q. If you could change one and only one thing – big or small – what would it be?
A. My career! I would have started photography after leaving high school. I always knew this was my dream job but I was always too scared and very insecure! I didn’t think I was good enough.
Q. Which photographers have influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing and career path?
A. I’m inspired by several photographers but one that made a huge impact on me was Emily Soto. I met her last year during a workshop in Ireland. I left feeling inspired not just artistically but personally. To meet someone as successful as she is and still be so humble and willing to help others was the most amazing feeling.
Q. What motivates you to continue to take photographs?
A. To inspire others and inspire myself!
Q. Why did you agree to participate in The Birthday Book Project?
A. I always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life with my photography but could never figure out how, until the Birthday Book Project came along. I felt like this was a great opportunity to meet amazing people, hear their stories and work along side other artists!
Q. What do you expect to accomplish through your participation in The Birthday Book Project?
A. Make people feel great about themselves and have an image to remember it.