My journey as a professional photographer started in 2010 after a lifelong career in the administration field in a school setting. This journey really began in 1982 when I started working with a local wedding studio every weekend as the set-up girl during wedding shoots. Little did I know that my love of photography, combined with my love of working with people, would bring me to where I am today.
Over the past 30 years I developed my skills by reading, self-teaching, taking photography courses & workshops, but most of all practicing to develop a style. Still today, I continue to upgrade my skills and attend a weekly workshop with an accredited photography school.
Wanting to share my skills and talent with the residents of Sarnia by offering good professional photography led me to open up my first business. Choosing a name for my business had special meaning to me because it encompassed two of my very special loves. Photography and Sarnia. Because of my intense love for photography and the love of my hometown, I registered my business under the name “Sarnia Photography”.
Sarnia has been home during my entire lifetime. It has “everything I ever needed and wanted”. I have always referred to Sarnia as a ‘hidden gem’ because of the water we are surrounded by, the pristine beaches, parks, people, simplicity and friendliness of the city. I have raised my family, been gainfully employed and am now enjoying a new career doing what I absolutely love.
As time passed, a new photography business began operating under the same name and as you can imagine there was some confusion. Our business practices differed and it was in my best interest to move away from that confusion and begin my new journey under my personal name “Eileen Vidler Photography”.
Former clients and new clients soon recognize me by my unique logo of a colour wheel, (which I had during my early years). This colour wheel has special meaning and depicts a shutter & colour. This “brand” is used on all my work, promotional material and correspondence.
My journey started with a Kodak Brownie camera, progressing to a Pentax 35mm SLR camera and experience with a local studio. Today I own and shoot with professional equipment (a Canon 5D Mark II) and “L” series lenses. The equipment has changed throughout the years but the love of photography AND of learning never stops.
Contact me today and I will focus on YOU to capture those special moments in your life!
Eileen Vidler Photography specializes in lifestyle portraits, children & family, glamour, and special events photography.