For a Dene girl who stole my heart (and maybe my soul* with her camera)

I’m thankful to have Tenille Campbell as a bestie and colleague/co-conspirator.

In the midst of completing her PhD in English with a focus on Indigenous Literature at the University of Saskatchewan, managing a collective blog for Indigenous women photographers and writers (Tea & Bannock), and raising a wonderful daughter, you may also know her as the author of the award-winning poetry anthology #IndianLovePoems.

She’s brilliant with a camera, with words, and just about everything else.

Tenille helped me become more comfortable in my own skin at a time when my self-esteem was fragile. I’ve had a lot of media photos and headshots where the photographers would lighten my skin, airbrush away the features that make me visibly Cree, or simply not understand how to photograph Indigenous women in a consensual, empowering way.

Tenille just makes me feel beautiful in my own damn skin (and a touch of Fenty golden highlight).

Here are some shots we did together in the fall. The whole series is available here: 

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Tenille is available for bookings this year. 

Keep her on your radar.


* “dene soul-stealer” is a reference to Tenille’s codename in Joi T. Arcand‘s series The Beautiful NDN Supermaidens.