About the Photographer
I grew up in a small Canadian town before moving to Australia straight out of high school. Once I was there, I began to fall in love with something I'd never really encountered before: the ocean.
At first I was afraid of the sea. Anything beyond the break in the waves was the unknown, and the unknown was terrifying. Sharks were also my biggest fear. Having never been in any body of water other than the local river, the image of being devoured whole by a razor sharp toothed monster was always present once my toes hit the water. It wasn't until a trip to Exmouth, Western Australia, in 2009 that everything changed.
My first time snorkelling was at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia... with 5 Whale Sharks. I was incredibly grateful to be able to encounter these amazing animals as such a novice in the water, and I was determined from that moment on to get over my fear of sharks. The next day I waited on the reef while the sun set, waiting to see a "real" shark. When I saw my first White Tip reef shark - no "Jaws" theme song, no aggressive behaviour, nothing but simple beauty - I was hooked. A few months later I was on the Great Barrier Reef learning to SCUBA dive and began to plan out my future in diving. I became a PADI SCUBA Instructor in 2011 which led me to travel to and live in Thailand, Honduras, Vancouver, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, Curacao, and work aboard different live-aboard vessels in the Bahamas, and the Dutch Caribbean.
In 2017, I joined the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation - Bimini Shark Lab - as the Media Manager, and finally got the chance to photograph sharks exclusively! This opened up so many opportunities for me, from working on film shoots for Nat Geo, Discovery's "Shark Week", and Bear Grylls, to meeting my boyfriend who is now the President of the Shark Lab!
The adventures continue for The Girl and The Sea... let's see where the waves take us.