Guys, I'm turning 31 today!!! Not that this whole aging thing is such a big deal or anything, but I just can't believe how fast the time has been flying. The last few years have been an absolute whirlwind. 

It all started when I entered a graduate program in the Netherlands back in 2011. The program was filled with international students and one of them turned out to be the love of my life. We studied a bit, travelled a lot, and had the time of our lives. But after about a year and a half our program ended and it was time to make some big decisions. 

I decided to pack my life into a suitcase and move to Canada. I honestly had no idea what to expect other than cold winters. Armed with a work permit for a year, I was ready to take it all in. 

Soon after I moved here we got married, I found a nice job and everything was going great... Until my permit expired. Also, little did I know that I was pregnant. By the time I became a permanent resident, I was 3 weeks away from my due date. 

Elise was born in March of 2014 and my whole life changed all over again. Totally in love and consumed by spending my time with our little girl, I documented every step. 

Going to school for so long, studying psychology and public administration, I never considered a career beyond that. However, photography had been my lifeline through it all. If there was ever a time to dive into it deeper, this was it. Already taking pictures of everything in our personal life, I now started taking pictures for others too.

It didn't take long for me to realize that this was it for me. This is what I wanted! 

Things weren't exactly lined up perfectly, but I decided to go for it anyway. The bedroom of our tiny apartment was turned into a hair and makeup station and 'studio' for every client. It made me realize that it's not about a glamorous studio setup, but about how you make people feel, about the experience you offer them, and the beautiful images they go home with.

Now here we are, about two years later, and things still aren't lined up. We've moved into our first fixer upper, have another little one added to our growing family (Thomas), and renovations, playdates, dirty diapers, and laundry have pretty much taken over.

I love my family and love being a mom, but it's not hard to loose yourself. Even though there isn't much time for anything these days, photography is still my lifeline. It is what keeps me, me. The thing that I can always love and turn to. I am so grateful.

Thank you! Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Thank you for letting me capture your moments. Thank you for your love and support.

Mar

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