Welcome to how I see the world through the lens of my camera. Welcome
to my world of photography.
My name is Sigrid, but most people know me as Siggi.
I’ve led an interesting, diverse, adventurous and fun filled life. Life hasn’t
been without losses and hardships, but it sure is one heck of an adventure.
Let me tell you a bit about myself so you can understand why I’m so
passionate about what I do.
At a young age my parents moved their family from Germany to a farm in
Manitoba, Canada. After high school I acquired my Red Seal in Cooking. I
spent close to a decade cooking for various establishments before I decided
to go to Youth with a Mission, which ended up taking me to Texas, Louisiana,
Alabama and Azerbaijan. Life’s journey eventually led me to a recruiting
opportunity for Youth Corrections, where I worked for almost a decade,
trying to help incarcerated youth get their lives on track again.
In 2016 my life shattered in every way. I very suddenly lost my sister. This
was a huge loss for all of us, and especially for me, as I was very close to my
sister. That same summer I also lost my dog Midnight, who had been a
loving and loyal companion for 14 years. Struggling to cope with this loss, I sank into a deep depression. This dark night of the soul was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. It was like hell on earth.
Deep down I knew this isn’t how I wanted to do life and something had to change. One day my wonderful naturopathic doctor said to me: “You don’t even want to live, do you?” This made me realize that I wasn’t LIVING life…..I was barely even existing. At this point I had to make a choice…….I wanted to LIVE again!
During this time, photography, creativity and connection became a very powerful positive force in my life. I felt that I was on to something. Looking through the lens of my camera helped me to see the beauty of this world around me everywhere. It was like putting on a new set of glasses with better vision and clarity.
Several months prior to my sister’s passing I said to my brother and sister that we should do a photo session together as we hardly had any pictures of the three of us. Sadly this never happened. It is a big reason of what triggered me to make capturing life’s precious memories my life’s mission. It is my privilege to capture photographs that tell YOUR story!
Is your story about being a fire fighter who loves his son and wife? Is it documenting your victories and battle with cancer? Or is your story about finding that true love after a history of abuse? Whatever your story is about, it is my absolute honor to capture all aspects of it. Over time I’ve had the opportunities to capture some of the most beautiful and some of the most painful parts of life that you can imagine. Challenges in life will always be, but it never takes away from the beauty of your story memorialized in a photograph. It is one of the most rewarding experiences to provide a special captured memory of your journey…….a moment frozen in time……
So that’s my story… When my world nearly collapsed in 2016 it was like the cover was permanently put on the lens of my camera. It felt like the lights went off and I was left in permanent darkness. I began to see and photograph life through the lens of the camera differently. That’s when the light began to shine through the darkness again. The importance of telling YOUR STORY became invaluable to me. As I connected with people and began to tell all aspects of their story in a photograph, I began to see how it transformed lives. Not only did the people whose story I captured begin to heal and become more whole, but so did I.
Don’t let time pass you by. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me. It would be my honor to memorialize a part of your
story in a photograph.