HEY THERE

here’s a little bit about me

Hi all! My name is Jackie. I’m a 26 year old from a little city in BC, Canada, called Kamloops.

Since I was little, I have walked around with a camera. In early high school (grade 8/9) I had a Canon Powershot that went with me everywhere. I have no idea where those photos are now, but I’m sure we can all guess how terrible they are. These were the days of editing on Picnik, anyone else remember? I got my first DSLR when I graduated high school and upped my editing game to Lightroom. My love of photography grew from there.

Through university, photography was that thing that kept me sane when I felt like I was going to explode. I would drive to a beach when I was stressed and watch the sun go down, taking pictures of the waves, sitting and enjoying the calm (or the wind), forgetting for a moment about all the chapters I needed to read, the notes I needed to write, the projects I needed to complete. 

There is something about the sun descending over the horizon, about colours lighting up the sky, that takes me out of my head and into the present. There is nothing but what I see in front of me. For me, that is the most beautiful thing.

LIFE

2014 to 2019

I graduated high school in 2014 and didn’t know what to do with myself. So I applied to two universities, never came up with a better plan, and ended up going to UVic (University of Victoria in Victoria, BC) along with my brother and my best friend. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I took a random collection of mostly science classes and two full years later, I finally decided on a degree.

I also decided I wanted to visit the rockies. I hadn’t been (other than to drive through Jasper on the way to Edmonton) since I was a child, and along with sunsets, mountains are my favourite thing. Summer 2016, at the end of August, my older brother and I spent three weeks living out of my car in the Canadian Rockies. We hiked 275km and saw some of the most beautiful country. That was my first taste. And I loved it.

Fast forward another year. All I wanted to do was move to the rockies for the summer and live and hike in the mountains. My brother and I seemed to be on similar paths, because he had taken a break from university to do just that. He was working at the Columbia Icefield and told me I should apply. That is how, within a week of it being an idea, I had a job, had packed up all my belongings in Victoria, and moved to the Rockies for the summer. There I met some absolutely wonderful people (including my amazing boyfriend, Austin), adventured, hiked, took photos, and felt genuinely content and happy. 

Two years later, in April 2019, after 51 courses, I finally finished university – graduating with Honours in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology. Turns out I had good timing, taking the long route to the finish, because three of my best friends all graduated at the same time.

grad photo taken by Austin Schimmel

2019 to present

In May 2019 my Mom and I spent a month in Scotland (a plan in the making since my first year of university). We hiked the West Highland Way, explored the Isle of Skye, drove the NC500, visited reindeer in Cairngorm National Park, and so much more. It was a rainy, stunning whirlwind. It was also my last taste of travelling anywhere far away. Little did we know, 9 months later, the world would come to a halt. 

Back from Scotland, I started working as a software developer for a health tech startup in Kamloops. Austin moved from Alberta to Kamloops and we found a basement suite together.

Since then I’ve been working and mostly staying close to home, exploring the beautiful province of British Columbia on my weekends. 

2021 was my year of self portraits. I took them at least once every two weeks and learned a lot about posing, lighting, and taking photos of people rather than landscapes.

Fast forward to Christmas 2021 when my family gave me a film camera. 2022 became the year of learning to shoot film. I’m up to four film cameras now and loving every second of slowing down, experimenting with different film stocks. and just generally learning how to shoot film. Getting scans back has quickly become one of my absolute favourite things.

In April of 2022 one of my best friends and I travelled to Maui, Hawai’i, and in May of 2023 Austin and I are heading to Iceland – a dream come true. I could not be more excited for what the future has in store and all the adventures I’ll get to experience and people I’ll get to meet along the way. 

FAVOURITE THINGS

these are a few of my

Mountain peaks.

The rush of a waterfall.

Campfires on summer nights.

Friends hiking, each of us a sweaty mess.

Laughter, filling the air.

Running barefoot on sandy beaches.

Hanging with my love.

Views from a kilometer in the air.

Blues of mountain lakes.

Golden hour.

The click of a camera shutter.

Loading a new roll of film.

Clouds coloured pink, purple, orange.

Polaroids.

Raspberries and pineapples.

Fuzzy blankets and fuzzy socks.

Singing at the top of my lungs.

Music playing full blast.

Roadtrips.

A good book, a good story.

Binging shows on Netflix.

Seeing something for the first time.

Walking.

The shape of clouds.

The sun dipping below the horizon.

Reuniting with my girls.

Family dinners.

Chocolate.

Dancing in the kitchen.

Moose.

Home.

I hope the world shines for you.

I hope you see the shine in the world.

I hope you know how much you are loved.

I hope you love with your whole heart.