Our community is the cornerstone of everything we do. We could not succeed without the many wonderful people on Saltspring Island who galvanize us, embolden our creativity and spark joy in our lives.
One of these astonishing humans is Myriam Outerbridge. She’s a lifestyle photographer who documents honest stories of love. She's gorgeous, inside and out, and is a truly brilliant artist.
Myriam was born and raised in Mexico and came to Saltspring as an exchange student. She loved it so much she decided to stay. Today she lives with her husband Graham and two children, Adriana and Julia.
This week we’re celebrating Myriam’s art and thanking her for making Cedar Mountain Studios shine on social media.
Now we’ll let Myriam tell you a little bit about herself in her own words.
How are you managing in quarantine?
Freaking crazy times for sure! What can I say?
Living on Saltspring you would think that life would remain somewhat similar during the quarantine. There are lots of homebodies on this wee island.
However, it's harder than I expected. I miss our people and it's difficult finding a balance between doing things for yourself and being a parent. My partner is still working so we still have a sense of weekly routine, and with warmer weather, we are able to spend a lot more time outside in the garden.
We all cope differently with the stress of the unknown, but I have discovered that for myself pulling inwards and doing things just for myself helps a lot. I’m not putting any expectations for myself during this time and instead, I am just trying to go with the flow - which usually involves making lots of snacks for hungry little people.
I am also avoiding the news social media which is really helpful with the anxiety of it all. I keep reminding myself that this too shall pass.
What is your dream vacation?
Lately, I’m dreaming of traveling to Japan, on an adventure from Tokyo to Osaka with my husband and girls. I’m intrigued by the culture, people, and history of a country that’s almost directly across the Pacific Ocean from where I live. I’ll be sure to update my wardrobe before packing my bags because boy Japanese women sure know how to dress.
What is your favorite thing about your profession?
I love what I do and can spend endless hours talking about it. However, my absolute favourite thing about being a photographer is capturing moments that reveal true emotional connections between people. I can’t get enough of that.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favourite quote is “Fake it until you make it.” I repeat this to myself whenever I’m in a new and uncomfortable situation. I can fake confidence, and I do fake it good, until one day the thing that was uncomfortable simply becomes my new normal.
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
My chosen superpower would be to speak all the languages in the world. How amazing would it be to be able to talk to anyone? P.S. I stole this idea from a friend of mine.
What does the perfect future look like for you?
Having dinner made for me every night for the rest of my life.
What is your favorite thing to create?
Tiny adorable humans. I mean they are the sweetest.
What can’t you live without?
What inspires you most?
Motherhood and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her children -the struggles, the resilience, and the purest love there is. Motherhood is the season I am in right now, so the nuances of what it means to be a mother are what I’m naturally drawn to when I pull out my camera.
What do you think are the five most beautiful things in the world?
An ocean sunset, deep sleep, music, hugging, and a great cup of coffee.
P.S. The beautiful image of Myriam included with this blog was taken by Koyahni Photography.