Photo By: Sweetmoon Photography
My name is Alexandra I am a 28 year old female. I was born and raised in Meadow Lake, SK raised on and off of my reserve called Eagles Lake First Nation.
Thank you for taking your time to view my page. Your time is your most valuable asset. I am always honored when someone chooses to allow me to capture these tiny facets of their lives. I believe the greatest way in which we can show others love is by sharing our time with them. Time is ever fleeting and my vision is to help you capture those moments that make you smile. I know I just used the word time a lot, but I think we all forget how unbelievably important it is.
The woman who’s been a true inspiration in most of my life is my grandmother Cecile Marie Jarrett. My grandma always provided me with the one thing every child needs, someone to listen. She always listened to me and I shared my entire heart with her. My grandmother is a retired Social Worker and she along with my mother have helped me throughout everything that went wrong in my life. My grandmother never judged me or condemned me and always provided me with logic and wisdom. I have watched my grandma overcome so much in her life and for that she is always my first inspiration.
I’ve always appreciated the arts in all its forms I absolutely adore all of the work that goes into creating a photograph. I was gifted my first camer and it has helped me overcome so many barriers I created in myself. I had been wanting to take pictures for a very long time I just didn’t have the means to invest in the equipment. That first camera was a Canon Rebel I started going out and taking pictures as soon as I got it. There are a lot of ways to go about getting into photography. My first piece of advice is to just start. I could have let it hold me back that I didn’t have formal education in Photography. I could not have pursued, because my camera was just a ‘Rebel’. I made a decision that a good photographer can take a great photograph with any camera. So I just started.
I grew up very torn between two cultures never really understanding my identity. When you grow up with two different backgrounds it can be hard for others to understand why it can affect you so much. Now that I am at a stage in my life where I am understanding that I define myself it is a lot easier to talk about. I understand now more than ever that the only true barriers are the ones that exist in your own mind. As an indigenous woman I understand the statistics and I understand the stereotypes. I choose personally to focus on empowering those around me and associating with like-minded individuals. It is more important to me to be an example and to bring light to those indigenous people who are making differences in their communities.
A huge struggle I’ve witnessed throughout my life does not stem from the stereotypes we place on each other, but from what we believe about ourselves. I think that low self-esteem is a huge epidemic in our world. I remember what it was like to be a teenager and not be comfortable in my own skin. What helped me tremendously was associating myself with people who have the results I want in life. I read books that were going to help me with my issues. Where you are going to be in the next five years depends on the top 5 people you associate with and the books you read. So choose wisely.
I started the Indigenous Portrait Project as a way to search through what I knew about my own visual identity. I know that there are all walks of life in Indigenous communities so I feel it’s important for people to challenge what they believe Indigenous means. I’ve asked people in my communities to share their stories and I offer to take a few headshots for my blog. I did not place a deadline on this project and it is on-going. I really hope to open a few minds and help myself on my own journey of self-discovery.
Tenille Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography asked me to participate in her Kissing Indigenous Project. She was gracious enough to mentor me in my first serious year of photography. I was very happy to participate in her project. Tenille really challenges me to become a better photographer. She also is one of the women inspiring me to get in touch with my Indigenous roots.