{PHOTOWALK - VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA; VANCOUVER FAMILY LIFESTYLE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER}

On a Saturday in May I met up with a group of about 14 ladies all members of Clickin Moms in Downtown Vancouver.  Led by Felicia from Felicia Chang Photography and Cassandra from Twist & Shutter we ventured from the Westend into Gastown, Chinatown, and the Downtown Eastside.  There was a lot of laughter, conversations, and picture taking.  It was so wonderful being around all these women and it was great to see my own city the way I never did.  

I think it was being surrounded by all this talent that really gave me the inspiration to take so many pictures.  I am amazed by these women and learned so much and not just about photography.

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1. BEING SELF EMPLOYED IS SCARY BUT HANG IN THERE

Some of the women did not have a photography business while there were others that did.  Even the most successful have their down moments but with hard work it really does pay off.  

2. EVEN THE BEST CAN HAVE DOUBTS

There were many women who were part of the group that I admired for so long but even some of them still had doubt in their work.  I would be amazed thinking "what? not you! you're soooo good!" when expression of doubt was there.  Confidence is tough, even from the best of us.  It's a constant struggle no matter how good you are or how many compliments you receive. 

3. YOU'VE GOT A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM, USE IT

There are groups of photographers always willing to give you advice.  Many teach this knowledge to earn extra cash on the side, others are willing to help out with no expectations of anything in return.  In this photo walk, there were new photographers who came along to learn more about their camera and there were professional photographers who just wanted the opportunity to shoot.  It was great to see those worlds come together as the professionals happily supported the new photographers with answers. Even I got questioned about how I approached a shot or what settings I would use in certain situations.  It was an amazing feeling to be looked at as someone who is approachable and can actually teach something.  I get why many photographers do end up teaching and sharing their knowledge with other photographers.  

4. CREATE REAL-LIFE CONNECTIONS

As wonderful as it is to have the online community, there is something to be said about having those real-life connections.  Real-life connections allows you to put a face and personality to that FB/Instagram profile or email address.  As photographers we are constantly behind a computer monitor or laptop typing out communications, creating marketing tools, or editing photos from sessions.  It is great to put all the technology away for a moment to sit down with someone to talk about photography AND life.  Who knows? You may come up with some sort of collaboration :)  I DO LOVE PROJECTS!

I want to thank all the ladies who went out on the Clickin Walk this year for making it the best photography experience I've had!  Big love to you all <3

Special thanks to:

Clickin Moms

BaoDown Snackbar in Gastown

Felicia of Felicia Chang Photography

Cassandra of Twist & Shutter

All photos were taken with my Canon 5D Mark III with Sigma ART 1.4 35mm lens.

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