Chloe works full time in advertising in Calgary, AB, Canada but spends her free time doing portrait work and roaming the surrounding mountainscape. She's a huge supporter of local business and companies that strive to make a positive impact.
My absolute favorite is the Martel Wool Vest. It's really cozy and keeps my core nice and warm when I’m shooting outdoors. I usually pair it with the deerskin gloves and a flannel shirt.
To date it has been The Narrows in Zion National Park. It might be a common trail, but it was my first ever experience of a desert landscape and climate. The rock formations and colors were unreal, and when I think back on it, it seems like a surreal dream. It stands out in comparison to what I’m used to in the Canadian rockies and the climate is so different as well. Probably my favorite experience so far.
Lakes for sure... because there are no sharks there. In all seriousness though, I see lakes and oceans in an entirely different way. In Barbados I spent time exploring the Animal Flower Cave. Hearing the immense power of the waves crashing against the cliff walls was terrifying to me. The coral had been carved due to the constant pounding of the waves – it made me realize how immensely powerful water can be, and how much it demands our respect. Alternatively, lakes have a sense of calm and stillness. I have a special love for the Canadian glacial lakes as they are ever-changing in color and constantly reflecting the mountains.
My motivation to get outside has always been to keep myself in a healthy emotional and mental state. I work a 9-5 job, 5 days a week, with portrait sessions in the evening and a very busy family life. And I find myself getting burnt out sometimes. The outdoors helps to counter that. After every weekend I come home feeling refreshed and inspired to create. I think it's important to have a routine and a balance. If I had all the free time in the world, I feel that I would appreciate those moments less...so routine is good for me.
Most people would have no idea that I’m actually a portrait photographer. Often people ask me if landscape photography is my full time job, but my initial passion has always been portraits, family shoots, engagements and things like that. I love capturing human emotion, and giving people results that they are excited to share with their loved ones. It’s my firm belief that if you put your whole heart into your work, whether its a seemingly mundane desk job, or an aspiring artist, or even a part time retail job – success and fulfillment will always find you. People think they need to get somewhere in order to be happy, but don’t realize how unhappy they are in the process of achieving that goal. So iI try my best to always be content with my present circumstances.