Hello and welcome! My name is Carmyn (she/her) and I currently make my home in Edmonton, AB with my daughter Olive, partner, and two lil' cats who act as my muse. I am an educator, writer, artist, and photographer - and am generally happiest when I'm able to create things. I love to dabble and try new mediums (I'm a jack of some trades and a master of none type) - all housed under the not-so-serious Crabapple Design. I like to take risks and experiment, and am interested in the creative process. 

I hold an MA in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta, as well as undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education. I also studied analogue photography (medium + large format), alternative printmaking, and darkroom techniques at School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. I have been working as a secondary teacher for the past several years teaching English, photography, art, and creative writing. I love facilitating learning opportunities. Ceramics are my newest love, and I have been handbuilding and firing pottery in my garage since 2022. 

If you're interested in hiring/commissioning me or collaborating with me,  please get in touch! I'd love to talk to you. After taking a break from wedding photography for a few seasons, I am interested in booking for 2024. Otherwise, if you have anything you think we'd be a good fit for - whether it's writing, design consultation, logo rebranding, leading a workshop, or even a fun ceramic project - please get in touch! 

It's also important for me to note here that I am a person who cares deeply about politics and community. I don't believe there is such thing as a neutral business, nor do I want to be one, honestly! I believe in funding social and public services and defunding the police. I strive to advocate for and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community, to engage in anti-racist learning, and to resist late-stage capitalism. I advocate in my words and actions for a Free Palestine. 

If all of this sounds great to you, carmynjoyphotography@gmail.com is the best to get in touch with. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm a newish mom, so it might take me longer than it used to. Thanks for being here. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by! :) 

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