“A Day in the Life” with Calgary Photographer Esther Cho

Esther Cho is an emerging portrait and events photographer based in Calgary. Her love for photography started at a very young age when she was ten years old. For many years it was just an occasional hobby, but in January 2018 she decided to pursue photography more intentionally, bringing more creativity into her life after many years of focusing solely on her work as a nurse. She has since become active in various art communities and befriended many fellow creatives in Calgary. Though she has not received any formal education in photography, she has grown very quickly in her craft, not only because of her perseverance but also because of many amazing photographers, local workshops, online courses and piles of books from the Calgary Public Library. 

Beyond photography, Esther Cho is passionate about people and the human experience, and believes strongly in the importance of expression and sharing meaningful stories. Through photography, she strives to create tangible ways for people to share themselves with the world and to visually communicate ideas and emotions when words are not enough. Photos are more than light on paper, they can be an avenue to and from the soul. Esther Cho embodies this concept in her work, creating authentic stories for people to engage with.

My family and I on a vacation in Florida. This was our first family vacation altogether for the first time in many years. My family is the most important part of my life and I love them more than words can say. They are all incredible people, I am very lucky to have them.
Esther Cho
My very amazing and wonderful best friend and partner David and I in beautiful Mexico, celebrating our sixth year together!
Esther Cho
Conquering Alberta mountains with our big and very goofy dog Midnight.
A photo of me from the slopes last winter, my 18th season of snowboarding.
Esther Cho
Last summer I had the honor of having a series of my photos published in a local magazine ‘Perspectives YYC’, thanks to my friends David and Helen Youn. Seeing my photos printed in a magazine for the first time was such a cool experience.
Myself and a few of the team members of Collective Goods, and local organization that we started together in 2018 focused on women’s empowerment and to help support women around the world exit life in prostitution, specifically in Ethiopia. I volunteer on this team as a creative, contributing through photos and web development.
A photo of myself and friends in Ethiopia, where I traveled to in the Spring for the last two years as part of the volunteer work that I do with Collective Goods.
Myself and some of the 10x Music & Culture team members, a local organization dedicated to cultivating diversity and promoting hiphop music and culture in Calgary. I volunteer on this team as an events photographer.

What ‘hood are you in?

I live in the NE of Calgary in Marborough.

What do you do?

By day, I am a registered nurse but I work in IT as a Clinical Informatician with Alberta Health Services. Outside of my day job, I am a freelance photographer, mainly photographing portraits and events around the city. I also volunteer for local organizations Collective Goods and 10x Music & Culture, contributing mainly through photography.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am focusing on portrait and commercial photos for various local clients, and continuing to shoot for events around the city.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my work on my website or on my Instagram.