There is something about having children that makes us sit back and reevaluate our world. If you are going back to work and taking that time away from the most important little people in your life, it’s a whole lot easier to get through the day if you love your career. At first I went back to work because I had to financially, we just needed a little extra, so I went back to doing real estate photography. I remember the month leading up to my first day back, I was dreading it with every ounce of my being. Don’t get me wrong, pre-Em, it was a fantastic career, I worked for my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed watching his business gain such great success. It just didn’t allow me to be creative, to be myself. From the very start when I enrolled in photography in college, then university, my passion was always directed towards people. As the years passed I started to find the pure joy a child can bring to an image. When I was 24, I lived in Ireland as an au pair. I took lots of photos of the two sweethearts I cared for, it was then that their mom told me that I absolutely had to do this for a living. Still, I floated about for a few more years. It wasn’t until the birth of my own daughter when I finally realized I had to at least try to make a career doing what I loved. A little over two years later and I could not be more grateful for that decision. My measure of success comes from those who thank me a million times over for the artwork that sits on their walls. I have managed to build a career for myself that is surrounded by happy people, experiencing great joys, laughing, smiling and loving. I can honestly say that I’m living my dream, what’s more, I get to teach Em that living your dream is entirely possible. That’s my story, now here is Vanessa’s. I know she is going to live her dreams and live them big!

“I think one of the really cool things that has connected Alicia and I is this type of passion and belief, just being true to who you are and what you love. I have had a love and passion for acting, and performance from the time I can remember. Although, I have always struggled with “is this really practical, or realistic as a career?”. Now with some solid life experience under my belt, an amazing husband, and two beautiful children who inspire me everyday, I feel anything is possible. Wherever this new path leads me, I’m okay with. A few auditions to start would be great! A hobby that leads to a career would be incredible, but we’ll see what the future holds. I also hope that my kids will always believe in their dreams, and never give up. One of the many lessons in life I want to teach them by example.”

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Jenn Bourbonnais
January 11, 2013
Great photos Vanessa.

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