Carmyn is so authentic. It's reflected in her photography - she has a way of making ordinary moments seem extraordinary. She's authentic in the way she is so thankful for opportunities that have come from the popularity of her work (her huge following on Instagram is surprising to her... not to me though!). I'm pretty sure that's why she's successful in everything she does. People genuinely want to collaborate with her because she's just a down to earth, incredibly talented young lady.
For as long as she can remember, she's been interested in documenting her experiences. As a kid, she wrote prolifically, and her family's love for travel eventually inspired her to pick up a camera, too. Those travel snapshots became more intentional when she was given her grandfather's old Pentax about ten years ago, and taking photos has become increasingly important to her ever since. She constantly looks for interesting and surprising moments to document in her everyday life, and she loves that photography makes her pay such close attention to her surroundings.
She's also one smart cookie. She attended the School of Photographic Arts in Ottawa after she finished her Masters in English and Film Studies. She's put her mix of talents to good use for organizations like Hope Mission and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Hire her to capture some of your life's biggest moments, and do yourself a favour by following her on Instagram.
Carmyn's Favourite Places
drink// Iconoclast Coffee - 11807-105 Ave
Carmyn loves the open concept of the space and the fact that you can play ping pong or darts while enjoying great coffee.
eat & drink// Leva - 11053 86 Ave (where we met)
As a celiac, Carmyn assures me they make the best gluten free pizza in Edmonton.
shop// Alhambra Books - 10115-81 Avenue
Carmyn loves this used book store for its amazing selection of books and the experience of sifting through titles on their shelves.
Carmyn's Recommended Reads
read// Strike/Slip by Don McKay
He's a modern Canadian writer that makes poetry accessible. He's able to combine science and literature in a really striking way.
read// What It Is by Lynda Barry
Part graphic novel, part activity book, it explores questions about image making, childhood, and the importance of creativity.
It's a little long, but there's an amazing quote by Ira Glass that's been a great source of encouragement for Carmyn as she pursues creative work. She chose to share it as her note, and hopes it can inspire others, too.
In case you can't read the photo, it says: "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners... All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline... It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions... It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."