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What would you do if you were a young, frustrated, under-appreciated over-achiever working 50 hours a week for a large corporation? Well I guess that to walk away from everything and go back to school and learn a job that takes 70 hours a week for half the money, you’d have to be a few fries short of a happy meal.
But if you are like me and have a passion for that job, it doesn’t seem such a hardship after all. That’s just about how I started up as a photographer so long ago that I have stopped counting.
Now you can either think that I am blessed or insane. Me, I’m as happy as my brides when the sun shines on their big day. Add to that a life in the best country in the world with the love of my life, Grainne and you have got to think I walk about with horseshoes in every pocket.
Grainne is my soul mate and lifelong partner. She is passionate about life, compulsively positive and an amazingly gifted photographer. One day Grainne (pronounced Gronya) hopes to find a Canadian who can pronounce her name first time.
Like me, Grainne shares a similar story with a previous career in international management consulting and a yearning for an outlet for her creativity and passion for photography. A chance meeting at an international photographers conference brought us together and the rest is history! We love our work because we chose it.
Our other shared love is foreign travel, but we have even found an angle there too. We have both taught our art throughout Europe and North Africa and now regularly travel for commissions overseas. However we are never gone too long before we miss Ontario.
In the last few years I have developed a taste for extreme sport. Well let’s face it, once youre out of your 20′s even Hockey is an extreme sport! But on the odd vacation and occasional evening off, I love motorcycling. I’ve even passed on the infection to Grainne who bought her own bike a few years back. We have done most things from the mountains of Europe to the Arizona desert, but mostly we can be found blowing away the cobwebs on the back roads of Ontario. It’s as extreme as Im ever likely to want and boy is it fun.
All this is our recipe for success. I guess we must be doing something right. Our clients keep coming back for more. They tell us we serve up a really fun experience with amazingly different results. What more could we ask for? We say mission accomplished.
We wouldn’t change our life for the world. But did we make the wrong move all these years ago?
We don’t think so.