Meet the Photographer!

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Most photographer websites state, "do not over share too much about yourself", however I have always prided myself on being an open book. That being said, I would like to share a little more about myself and my journey to this part of my life and career....

I started photographing at an amateur level in high school, I attended Maple Leaf International School in Trinidad, a Canadian based high school that offered a variety of courses, however nothing in my field of interest (photography). When the time came for us to make the decision at the tender age of 17 what field of work we would be furthering in college, all of the career aptitude tests steered me in the direction of arts, photography or design. 

In 2009, I began my long love/hate affair with schooling in Toronto, Canada. I attended the University of Guelph-Humber where I was set to graduate with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Photography.. This did not last past the first semester! As a young girl, (I was 17 when I left for school), I felt very lost without my parents' guidance and the bitter cold of Canada got the best of me.

I returned home and took a gap year, working and furthering my passion for photography. In 2010, I returned to Canada to start another course in General Arts & Sciences, a prelude to my photography major which would begin in 2011. Once I started my photography course at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, I began losing my passion for my art. The rigid, cookie cutter style of teaching photography was not for me.

I found myself at a cross roads. Whether to stay in school and please my family, my peers and my friends, or to do what made me happy.  So with the support of my family, I returned home and began working with an amazing fine art photographer, Julie Charlett. I have been assisting with Julie since 2012 and I am truly grateful for the opportunity she has given me.

In July 2012, I was back at the cross in the road. I had reached a point in my life where I was yearning for more. My roommate in Canada, Stefanie, came home one day while we were still at school with a brochure for a volunteer program. We went to the meeting two days later and we were ready to book our flights... A few weeks later, we both got confirmation emails that we had been accepted to do a three week volunteer program in Thailand. We were to work at the elephant rescue sanctuary, Elephant Nature Park, teach at a rural school in a village outside of Chiang Mai, build a hydroponic gardening system for the school, and see the sights that Thailand had to offer. 

I was very nervous about traveling half way across the globe, due to my recently developed flying anxiety. However with the help of Stefanie and a few mild sedatives, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. During my three weeks there, I gained so much insight into different cultures and customs. It truly changed my outlook on the world, and how I interact with others on a personal and business level. Following my trip to Thailand, I found myself wanting to deepen my practice of yoga. Even though I have been practicing for years, I found an outlet for my stress and a way to expand and nourish my creativity. I now practice yoga everyday, whether it be in the form of a class or silent meditation. 

My life has been a world wind over the last few years, but I would not change a thing. I am very happy to bee living in Trinidad full time with the occasional trip to unwind and explore. Life has blessed me with an amazing start at a career that I love and I couldn’t be more grateful to those who have helped me along the way ! 

Thank you for visiting my site and if you have any further questions or just would like to get in touch, feel free to email me at samjacksonphotography1@gmail.com 

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson Photography, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. 

Based in Trinidad & Tobago