I've been a member of the Winnipeg Photography industry since 2014 at the ripe age of 20 (!!) and have spent the last five years learning all that I can, meeting some of the best in this industry and photographing wonderful people and their stories.
I hold my Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Manitoba and currently work at as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator for an independent school!
Who are Alice & Flore?
Alice Leson was born in the small town of Canora, Saskatchewan in the year 1920. In 1937, she married Mike and together they raised a family of 9 children. Alice spent her days raising their family, cooking more traditional Ukrainian food than anyone could ever need, gardening and helping out on her family's farm.
Over 500 km away, and 7 years earlier, Flore was born in St. Malo, Manitoba. In 1930, she married Emilien and true to French-Catholic form gave birth to 15 beautiful children. She spent her days making a full, beautiful life for her children with the limited resources that she and Emilien had.
I'm very proud to call Alice & Flore my grandmothers.
Baba (Alice) passed away just 5 years ago in Canora and my beautiful Memere (Flore) passed away when I was 4 years old. I didn't know either of them perfectly. My Baba aged a lot as I got older and I was too young to remember a lot when Memere passed away, but I find their legacy in my parents and my family.
I am honoured to rename my business (formerly Janelle Lafantaisie Photography) to Alice & Flore Studios. I'm proud to rename my business in honour of these two beautiful, strong women who have gone before me and laid out a path for me. I believe that they watch over me and I hope that they look down on me proudly.