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I’ve had humans (and their furry friends) in front of my camera for almost a decade
but photography is only one of the more recent iterations of the creative expressions I’ve chosen to bring me fulfillment and healing. Stained glass art is another of those iterations and I dabble in writing creative non-fiction, here and there.
Why do I love photography? I love the journey of self-discovery that a branding photo session can facilitate in bourgeoning entrepreneurs. I get to immortalize the connection between lovers, forever reminding each of them of their soulmate's touch and kiss. I love returning humans to themselves one photo at a time.
My business is an extension of me, therefore reflects my values. Here are some of these values.
Recognizing that couples and individuals within the 2SLGBTQ+ community often face alienation, especially in the wedding industry, I have made an effort to clearly communicate that Christina W. Kroeker Creative is a space where 2SLGBTQ+ stories are celebrated and honoured. I recently completed the Equally Wed Pro’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification, along with joining the Love is Love Collective's roster of Canadian wedding vendors.
One of the most essential lessons I’ve learned over the past two years of dedicated time and energy spent on my own anti-racist education has been the practice of decentering myself in spaces and conversations where whiteness is often centered. Practically, this looks like crediting and amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour; this looks like paying for the education I received; this looks like being intentional about broadening the spheres that influence me as a human and as a business owner.
Striving for Sustainability
I have made a number of minor changes to mitigate my environmental impact as a business including becoming almost entirely digital when it comes to contracts, questionnaires and correspondence with photography clients.
In my stained glass arm of the business, I have chosen eco-friendly shipping materials. I would, however, like to dive into and evaluate my supply chain for the raw materials I use for that craft, as I know that the processes for creating those materials are not sustainable. My goal is to offset the carbon footprint of the processing of these materials.
Christina W. Kroeker Creative is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis peoples. I respect the Treaties formed on these territories, and acknowledge that We Are All Treaty People. I recognize the genocide and colonization endured by Indigenous peoples, and we are committed to working in partnership with Indigenous communities toward justice, equity, and reconciliation.
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