OUR 2015 COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS
My name is Amanda Serrentino and I am relatively new to memory keeping. I have always been interested in photography and its ability to tell our personal stories. I am a full-time mom and part-time student, studying for my masters in business. In my free time I enjoy sewing, taking our dogs out for a run, and photographing our little boy. I currently live in San Antonio, Texas, with my husband, our baby son, and two boxer dogs.
I'm a 27 year old wife (to a science teaching, coffee making sweetheart), mumma (to a chocolate eyed, cheeky, affectionate, one year old), coastal dweller, floral crown enthusiast, Jesus believer, and adventure seeker (although, let's be honest, an adventure to me these days is hitting up a local cafe and enjoying a mild bush-walk). I have a Batchelor of Fine Arts, and I'm a photographer slash full-time mumma. To me, being a mother is the highest and best vocation; something I've always felt is intertwined with my existence and purpose. I have a little blog, One Million Canaries, and am pushing myself to write about and photograph my son in a 52 Project this year. Journaling, drawing, hand-lettering, and reading keeps me sane. I'm currently a little obsessed with 19th century English literature, which sounds much better than telling you I have become a bit of an Austen groupie. I also really love food and coffee. Like really, really.
My name is Amy and soon to be turning 29 this October. It is only recently that I embarked on this creative path of photography and memory-keeping journey, which is a venture very new to me. Looking back over the past 25 years, I put myself into this invisible cage that focused on good grades, excellent university results, a useful degree, and, of course, a stable corporate job. I lost sight of the simplicity in life and, thankfully, my family members who are very supportive pointed that out to me. After lots of reflection, I finally took the plunge in April to quit my job as an accountant. Currently, I am on a self-discovery journey to learn about myself, to appreciate simplicity, and to see things differently. So far, I have learnt that I still love reading, learning foreign languages, and traveling. The process is still on-going and I hope it will grow me as a person eventually. On my journey with Life:Captured Inc, I attended the signature workshop in May this year which left me coming back for more. I now want to preserve and keep the milestones “alive” through my camera lens and beautiful journals.
I'm a full-time graphic designer + business owner + mum to (nearly) 10 year old twins. I love to craft, sew, read and garden in between everything else. I have been living in Shanghai for the last 15 years and before that in Taipei for 2 years. I love to travel and explore and discover new things. Memory keeping has now become so important for me especially since I did not get a lot of photos left after moving so much and then the Yolanda typhoon that happened in my hometown. Wish I had done this when my kids were born but did not get into scrapbooking until they were about 4. I enjoy using the #lifecapturedproject prompts for my own journaling. I use these to write about memories and feelings all about me which, maybe, the kids will like to read later on. But most importantly, it is for me and allows me to take a breather.
Here are a couple fun facts about myself that you may find interesting. Adopted at 2 yrs old, and years later, found another adopted person and married him. We are a very diverse family: I’m a mix of one side of the world and my husband is one from the other side. I owned and ran my own successful company before age 24. I’m a mother of 3 beautiful girls and one crazy boxer - all the while taking care of my man of 10 years. I absolutely love design, the smell of printed ink, and photography. As far back as I can remember, I've had great influence from family members who used their creative skills to create beautiful art.
My name is Charlotta and I'm from Sweden, but I haven't been living there for the past 12 years. I live on a small island in the French West Indies together with my partner and our two children (a son, 11, and a daughter, 8). We always spend our summer holidays in Sweden though; on an even smaller island, in the Stockholm archipelago. I have a law degree that - I'm a bit ashamed to admit - I've never used for anything. I've also studied several languages, some literature, creative writing, photography, and graphic design. Just because I found it all interesting. Right now I'm teaching English to 2,5-10 year olds (and yes, I sometimes make mistakes) and occasionally photographing buildings and construction sites for an architect. When I'm not working, I'm reading (anything and everything), swimming, writing, going for long hikes, dreaming, slowly trying to learn calligraphy again, making/folding things out of paper, playing with my children, relaxing, talking to friends, taking far too many pictures and tidying up our constantly messy house. In no particular order. And preferably together with my entire family.
My name is Diane Downs. Married to my college sweetheart, we've brought four beautiful souls into this world. A CPA by trade, I crave creativity and spend my free time involved in one creative endeavor or another. My passion for photography began when I took my first sunset photo as a teen. Like many women, photography evolved into storytelling and memory keeping when the kids were born. Now that they've grown, I'm on a mission to tell the stories of my teen children and our ever changing daily life. They've met all the milestones, and the adorable toddler years are long gone, but there will always be stories to tell. We live on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. I love all things chocolate, Disney World, and telling inside jokes about Sponge Bob Square Pants with my 16 year old son.
Hello, I am Emily. I live in Omaha, Nebraska (United States), and I am a single mother of an adorable 4-year-old boy named Dominic. By day, I work full time as a medical coder for a large healthcare organization. By night and on weekends I do what I truly love: photography, blogging, journaling, memory keeping, gardening and occasionally dabble in knitting, reading, and cooking up new recipes. My son and I are constantly going on a small adventures and outings on the weekends and attempting to enjoy the present moment each day.
My name is Heike, 47. I am German but have been living in France for more than 15 years with my French man and our two boys (almost 13 and almost 10). I believe being parents is the hardest job in life. I love photography and words and the creative process of bringing it all altogether. I love books, poetry, and movies; I love gardens and wild nature; I love travelling and writing down fragments of life. I am a messy mind. Simplicity and minimalism help me to focus on the essentials and help to give me a sense of happiness and peace. I love documenting life with life albums; a consistent structure and simple layouts allow me to stay (almost) ahead. Initially a simple hobby, memory keeping has become a part of my daily routine and makes me grateful for all the little and big things I am able to enjoy in life.|
Rebecca was born and raised in Sydney and still calls it home with her husband Richard and son Lucas. Although she's loved the art of photography for a long time, her passion for it was taken to new heights with the arrival of her son. She especially loves images which have the ability to tell elaborate stories and tries to convey this in her photography. Since then, she has turned her hobby into a profession and now loves telling the stories of her family and others through the lens.
I was born in Malaysia but currently call Perth, Australia, home. I've always loved a good story. As a child, I read my first biographies, and later as a journalist, I interviewed all sorts of personalities. Through it all, I learnt to appreciate the colourful and poignant events that make each person's life unique. As a counsellor and teacher, I am most fortunate to be able to witness the writing of other people's stories. I believe it's never a waste of time to stop and record a special event or moment, whether it's for our own recollection or to be shared with others.
Steffie van den Akker
I'm Steffie, 27 years old. I live in Maastricht, The Netherlands, together with my partner Mark and our 2 sons Julius, who's 3, and Oscar, who's 1. I used to write every day - sometimes it would be a story, sometimes it would be in a diary. For the past few years, my focus has been mostly on photography. I love taking photos of my own family - to capture life as it is. I also love to help others capture their life: I like to give tips about photography and often try to convince friends to write things down and to start a life album. I also love to capture others with my camera. I recently joined a non-profit organisation and now photograph parents and premature babies in the hospital about once a week to capture their daily routine in an honest and loving way.