So, this is pretty much the most important post I’ll write this year, or have written for a long, long time.
I’ll get right to the point: we (meaning my beautiful family and I)…well, we’re moving.
We’re moving away from the North: a place that’s been home and means so incredibly much to us, the place where we’ve spent the last 12 years, the place where all three children were born and raised.
We’re moving to the opposite of the country. To beautiful Prince Edward Island.
Why? Well, why not. Prince Edward Island has always been one of our favourite places. Being “from” Nova Scotia, it was the place that ever since my wife, Erin, and I have known each other; we’ve kind of called it “ours” when we would head over for quick mini-vacations. We’ve always loved it, and every time we go there, we think to ourselves, “wouldn’t it be great to live here some day?”
But “some day” was always this far-out thing. Never really possible, if only because we didn’t think it could be real.
This summer we spent more time on Prince Edward Island. Again, after we finished up our four or five days, we both said “wouldn’t it be great to live here some day?” But this time we kind of both looked at each other, and said…..well, why not?
My “job” is increasingly everywhere: my client base around the country (and the world) and with the power of the Internet, I could be based, I think, anywhere.
A month ago we had zero plans to move. Wasn’t even on our radar. But now, this time, it feels so right. So we’re going to do it. We’re going to throw caution to the wind, take a risk, and move about 6000KM to the other side of the country, to tiny little Prince Edward Island. If it doesn’t work, well, Yellowknife, I might be back
But, you only live once.
When? Soon. Most likely before Christmas soon. That will depend on a lot of factors, but there’s no time like the present.
To my existing Northern clients – my current obligations will bring me back to the north 4-5 times in the coming year. And possibly more. At the present time, a lot of southern clients bring to me their locations. I am 100% willing to come back here, to a place I love, if you’ll have me. And for those that don’t, my studio partner, Tara Marchiori at Chasing Light Studio will give you amazing things. I’ve watched Tara totally blossom into one of the best northern professionals over the past three years and I couldn’t be more proud to call her my partner. She will carry on, here. That won’t change (unless she decides to do something equally crazy, like live in a yurt in Mongolia).
To my soon-to-be East Coast home: I am so looking forward to exploring your world, a world I used to be a part of. Although I’ll be based in PEI (where exactly is yet to be determined), I will be available throughout the Maritimes (and the country, for that matter), in all the genres of photography that I’m currently passionate about, including weddings, commercial work, portraiture, editorial, and – of course – education. Don’t hesitate to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time if you have a vision (or need some help). It’s a big risk for me leaving a world I’ve built up here, but I’m excited about discovering a new one.
To East Coast talent: one of the toughest things about leaving Yellowknife is that I feel like I’m part of this amazing network of artists, photographer, models, make-up artists, fashion designers, writers, musicians, etc, that feels unique and special. I want to be part of the same where you live. If you want to work together in any capacity, again, please don’t hesitate to email@example.com
To all Northerners: you’ll forever be special to me. This place is one of the most magical places on earth. That will never leave me (and, in fact, I hope I can always have the opportunity to return, and catch up).
For those who have never been to PEI: my hope is that whenever I find my base….you’ll come visit me. I’ll still be holding workshops. I plan on opening a gallery. PEI is one of the most amazing Canadian provinces, already visited by countless tourists. I hope you become one of them, and come to my world.
Finally, to you all…thank you. Soon, this will be the start of the next chapter.