In preparation for Canada’s phased plan to re-open its economy, I have adapted my shooting style and will be adhering to proper safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am committed to continuing to provide my clients with the award winning photography they require.
For location shoots I will be practicing social distancing with a face mask and preferably where possible, be on site alone. Accessories and furniture will be left untouched as to minimize physical contact of surfaces. Any residential shoots will be at the discretion of the homeowners, if the home is occupied, and their agreement to being off site while I’m photographing. Non-residential shoots will require arranging very specific shoot times as to avoid encountering others as much as possible. As I mostly work solo with little human interaction, exterior photography will continue as previously undertaken and building requirements will be arranged beforehand. As some projects often require human activity to populate the architecture, documenting spaces may now require the absence of people to ensure a healthy and safe work environment. This provides exciting opportunities to focus on the design of the space in abstract and composed detail.
I recognize the severity of our global emergency and will work to ensure the comfort of my clients, myself and others as we all adjust to these new considerations. I’m always available through email to discuss procedures more thoroughly and look forward to working with you again soon. Stay safe!
Sadly, earlier this summer I had to arrange and tend to the responsibilities related to the passing of my sister, Heidi Jahnke. If you've ever experienced the death of someone close to you, you know you feel the need to honour them properly. After researching burial urns it became clear that none of them would be appropriate. Since the plan was to spread her ashes at the beach in the Hamptons, I wanted an urn that could double as a memorial box I could place on my shelf at home. So I designed one that had meaningful purpose.
The equilateral triangle symbolizes my mother, who passed 13 years ago, my sister and myself. The number 3 is a powerful number in esoteric and spiritual teachings, representing the holy trinity of mind, body and spirit. We were also born three years apart. A small, very subtle weener dog is embossed on the inside of the lid because we were-are obsessed after having one in high school. Now this beautiful box that Owen Crane helped build sits on my shelf in memory of my family. It holds the brushes my sister painted with, the glasses she was blind without, the goggles she wore in our second home - water, a small vial of sand from the beach where she was let free, and a few other personal items. The equilateral triangle is the most stable shape and every time I see this box I will be reminded of the strength my sister and mother had.
Today's my 32nd birthday.
I put together a list of some things I've learned over the years.
32 in 32 ...living and still learning.
1) You can't trust the government or corporations.
2) Your intuition knows more than you may realize in the moment, the best thing you can do is
3) Relationships/friendships evolve and not all last forever.
4) Confidence is sexy but so is passion.
5) If you want something done, do it yourself.
6) Never stop being curious.
7) Never stop daydreaming.
8) Your technology doesn't define your talent. Skill and dedication shapes your craft.
9) Hindsight may be 20/20 but foresight is understanding
10) In some cases the "3 strikes you're out" rule is too generous.
11) Don't take it personal, don't make it personal.
12) Acknowledging my connection to water and that it provides me with a sense of relief.
13) Experiencing a death of someone close to you puts a lot of things into perspective.
14) Being introverted is beneficial.
15) Patience can be a secret weapon.
16) Being a realist is not the same as being a pessimist.
17) The best advice I've gotten is from Led Zeppelin's The Rain Song; "It's just a little rain". It's the
18) Do what you feel is right in your heart.
19) Focus on the achievements and let yourself celebrate and be proud of them.
20) It's ok to go your own way.
21) Many systems are outdated and broken, figure out how to work around them.
22) Recognize but try not to over analyze.
23) Everyone's a hypocrite at some point.
24) Despite, never in spite.
25) Religion and spirituality are different.
26) You are the best parts of your parents, keep cognizant of their worst parts.
27) Holidays and birthdays are meaningless when you don't believe in time.
28) Death should not be feared.
29) Freelance does not mean on-call, or free.
30) Architecture is so much bigger than buildings.
31) Photography changed the world.
32) Our brains are magical.