Welcome to my world where I capture the anticipation and beauty of a precious new life.
My name is Ewa Chang and if you’re wondering how to pronounce it, don’t fret. It’s quite simple, really, it just looks a bit funny. My name sounds like Eh-vah (the “w” makes a “v” sound).
So, why photography, why newborns, what makes my heart flutter with excitement?
Specializing in newborn and maternity portraiture was a natural fit with my personality. Despite the chaos of labour and intensity of the first few days at home with your baby, there is something calm and peaceful about the miracle of life. I strive to capture that quiet joy. It gives me a chance to make time stand still, if only for a moment. An expectant mother is second in beauty only to a mother carefully cradling her newborn baby. And daddy’s strong hands gently holding his tiny infant really showcase how delicate newborns really are. I feel priviledged to catch a glimpse of their private world and capture those fleeting moments.
I didn’t set out to become a photographer. In fact, the years I spent at UBC getting my engineering degree seem a bit like a waste now, though I don’t regret one second I spent there. I know this will sound cliche, but photography found me. Looking back, I can see the signs were there. I would analyze old photos, trying to imagine how the photographer set up the shot and where the lights were positioned. Or I would flip through magazine ads, mesmerized by the lines and details of the photos rather than the products they were trying to sell.
Growing up, owning a camera was unattainable. Then, later in life, with a digital point-and-shoot camera, I hated every photo I took, so I didn’t bother taking very many of them. It wasn’t until I realized that there was a way to “tell” the camera what I saw and how I wanted to capture what I saw, that photography took over my whole existence. From there, everything happened very quickly, and now, 8 years later, I have a thriving business doing something I absolutely love!
Babies change so quickly! I look at my own “babies” already in school and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown. I love the strong individuals they are becoming, but I miss those tiny hands gently resting on my cheek and those wiggly little legs that were simply impossible to dress 🙂 I try to capture at least a few portraits of them regularly. Before you know it, they will be on their way to start their own families, and I will be left with only my memories and the photographs reminding me how much I treasured each stage of their childhood.
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