I’m Val and I got called the Flying Canadian when I was out running once and it stuck…

Things that I love (besides taking pictures) are:

  • Paul - Mr. Val
  • Stella - our furry baby
  • Frank - our bright orange, 1982 aircooled T25 VW campervan 
  • FaceTiming with Canada – especially my Friday night FaceTime date with my Mum
  • Home
  • Talking about science with my nieces and nephew
  • Any animal really
  • Eating sweets – I love the sour ones best
  • Peanut butter
  • Oreo Cookies– also Oreo Ice Cream, Oreo Cake, Oreo Truffles… well you get the idea
  • Baking
  • Going for walks
  • Afternoon tea with friends
  • Sci Fi – Star Trek rather than Star Wars for me though
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Doc Martins

Some other stuff about me:

  • I have lived in England for almost 20 years now…My Mum grew up on the Wirral so I had connection to the area and was able to work here. 
  • I have a special fondness for Cumbria – not only did I live there for a few years but we got married in the smallest church in England – St. Olaf’s, Wasdale.
  • I am definitely not “cool” but I went to Glastonbury once.
  • I ran a marathon once - as well as lots of half marathons and 10km races before my knees told me to stop.
  • I volunteer for Wirral Animal Sanctuary taking pictures to try to do a little bit to help promote their hard work.
  • I played trombone in the high school band.
  • Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is my desert island disk.  Snowpatrol’s Chasing Cars is a close second. 

I live in Oxton village but I was born just north of Toronto.  I got my first camera when I was in primary school.  Back then I took pictures at special events (like school trips, graduation), and of our pets and our family.  Maybe not much has changed really – I still photograph special events (your wedding is definitely a special event!), animals and families.