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R A R A A S M A R A D E W I
Born in Indonesia, I studied and worked in Switzerland (most adventurous years of my life!), then in Abu Dhabi/Dubai, and later on moved to Ontario, Canada for many years before falling for la belle province, Québec. Just when I was about to settle down in Montréal, a new chapter in life has taken me to Calgary, where I am now based. I consider Canada, Switzerland, and Indonesia as my home. I've spent more than half of my life outside of my birth country. Interesting that all three countries' flags consist of red and white. I've fallen in love hard with Japan and I go there once or twice a year.
I am passionate about art and culture; I was a trained classical ballet dancer with the Royal Academy of Dancing for over 10 years, and frequently performed Indonesian traditional dance at international events in Switzerland. My love to observe and immerse myself in different cultures led me to solitary travels in various European countries. My penchant for art and culture also drove my last-minute trip to London and Paris merely to watch Dame Helen Mirren play or the Paris Opera Ballet at Palais Garnier. I flew to London in November 2016 to watch Harry Potter's play live!
I love fairy tales and believe dreams do come true (one of my wildest dreams was to waltz the night away in a white ballgown at a Viennese Ball. I wrote it down in my diary back in 2002, despite thinking it was not possible as I didn't get the Schengen visa and I am not even Austrian! (my godmother is :)) Lo and behold, it did come true in 2012, in Montreal!). One of my favourite days is to watch Agatha Christie's Poirot/Miss Marple while eating homemade Swiss meringues or to draw while listening to Laura Fygi/Ella Fitzgerald/Chopin, among others.
One of my photography-related wishes is to capture Downton Abbey-like shoots, or document a wedding in Europe. My ultimate dream (let it be known as sometimes when we put the dream in writing, the universe has a magical way to make it come true in its own time, just like the case with the Viennese Ball) is to one day live in Japan even for a year or two! :)
I believe in telling a story through timeless images. Trend comes and goes, but classic is timeless. I aim to create photographs of your wedding day that your children and grandchildren will treasure over the years; a family story. If the images on my website speak to you, let's chat!
I am a Calgary wedding photographer (and Montreal!) and I happily serve weddings worldwide.
I love to combine candid/photojournalistic/documentary approach and natural posing in my photography. The emotions; the stolen kiss, the laughter, and the candid tears, not just the pretty posed images.
I strive to constantly better my photography skills, and over time my photographs evolve, but I always aim to tell stories through timeless images. Classic is always in style.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."