You might think it’s odd that I look forward to receiving little bottles of yellow dish soap every Christmas. It’s not just any dish soap, of course. It’s Nattura, and that distinct scent reminds me of winter 2010 in Vancouver, BC. My husband and I cooked at “home” in our timeshare during our honeymoon. The smell of that dish soap reminds me of how fun it was to see the city—and travel by ourselves for the first time, hooray!—and the newness of our marriage, the hope, the anticipation, the adventure...and the excitement of the upcoming Winter Olympics. Just the two of us. We didn’t have to part and go to our separate homes at the end of the day anymore. Nowhere we had to be, nothing on our to-do list. Some days we just stayed in and watched curling, drank Coke from Olympic athlete silhouette cans, prepared pathetically simple meals, and washed the dishes afterward together. Together: that’s what that dish soap means to me.
Why am I telling you about dish soap? It’s why I do photography: to savor memories. It’s also why I buy souvenirs and collect foreign coins, save notes and letters, and keep multiple journals. They’re little pieces of a story—that place I visited, that experience, or that relationship. In fact, it was a desire to remember more things from an overseas trip that first nudged me toward photography. After returning home, I began taking pictures of nearly everything. Eventually, I got better at it, and I learned that I love photographing weddings most of all!
I photographed my first wedding in 2008. Robin Wheeler Photography was officially established on April 3, 2015.
When I’m not shooting and editing, I’m probably wearing red, doing something with my husband and two daughters, watching sports, helping with Bible quizzing, singing in the car, counting down to the next Olympics, studying Korean in case we go back someday, attempting to grow plants, and/or curled up like a cat (with or without a book) in a patch of sunshine.
More than a name or faith or creed,
Falling in love with Jesus brought the
change in me.
My husband Eddie and I have been married nine years. He is a music pastor, avid skier, and has a huge beard. These three things are not necessarily related, ha ha!
We have two daughters, a five-year-old and a one-year-old who are both growing up way too fast!
Growing up, I always wanted a cat. It wasn't until after Eddie and I got married that we adopted a stray (who eventually ditched us). Later, another neighborhood stray cat had kittens, and one of those kittens was a dopey tortoiseshell and white furball we named Mika.
Is Mika named for former Ottawa Senator Mika Zibanejad? The answer is...sort of.
My first sports allegiance is to the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, but I also cheer for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Mammoth, Denver Outlaws, Kansas City Royals, and when my second cousin is pitching, the Philadelphia Phillies. And yes, I have an app counting down the days to the next Olympics!
I did teen Bible quizzing my last three years of high school and loved it! My teammates and I got into all sorts of mischief, but we also grew together spiritually and fell deeper in love with the Word of God.
Now, I help coach quizzing, hoping to pass on that same love for the Bible to the teens at my church.
Who doesn't love to travel?! I also enjoy learning about other countries, cultures, and languages in my free time. Eddie and I had the pleasure of visiting South Korea twice and I CAN'T WAIT to go back someday!
A few years back, Buzzfeed shared my husband's personal photos of our family. Without our permission. The pictures went viral; it was definitely an interesting experience. Because of it, I decided not to share personal information about my children online until they are older. I also don't share the last names of my clients or even children's first names online or in print.
Some people sing in the shower. I sing in the car, when I'm driving. I just can't help it!
As long as it's not too cold, I'd rather be outside. Sitting in the grass. Barefoot. As an alternative, sitting near a large, preferably open window is nice. Also, I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was younger, and I'm still fascinated by weather.
I'm a recovering perfectionist. I prefer even numbers (like ten) and things aligned just so. It's a constant battle to value progress over perfection, but I'm learning to pursue excellence instead and be satisfied with my best (even when I know there's still room for improvement).