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World Mental Health Day – Portraits

My Name Is Desiré Amouzou, and I am a Producer and Photojournalist for I love working with Surrey604 a growing and developing grassroots magazine about Surrey and beyond.

Like any new endeavour it has its challenges though, and for me that challenge hasn’t been being part of a relatively new magazine but my personal struggles with my Mental Health, in particular my struggle with Depression.

Some days are great and some days it’s an all out battle to maintain balance. Throughout, I’ve been shown love and care and respect by friends, colleagues and even at times total strangers, and I try to do the same in return on every occasion.

At the same time I’ve also been exposed to the Stigma and Judgment attached to Mental Illnesses, especially as a Visible Minority and as nice as I am when people get to know me, still my height and size can be off putting to some at first glance.

That’s why I am choosing to support this months World Mental Health Day on October 10th.


To help educate while doing something that I love, that helps me feel amazing and helps connect with people and make them feel awesome. Just like my true friends have done for me….I am forever indebted to them.

To support this day I am offering, from now till October 10th, along with any photographer who might join me, to anyone and everyone,

1. mini 30 minute portrait session for $50, which gives you 3 portraits in 24 hours for you to chose and the rest to purchase. 30% of the profits of each shoot goes to a non-for profit organization that supports men’s mental health awareness, diagnosis and treatment.

After the 10th I will continue till November by donating 20% of all my bookings, whether portraits or videography or corporate or creative projects.

I have set a goal of $1000 donated by October 10th. Thus far I’ve  secured $250 in bookings .

Book me now by either emailing me at

Or phone call at 1-604-799-3757

I will be in SFU and Surrey Central area as well as the vancouver library on October 10th running a full day push on portraits and donations to the cause.

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Desire Amouzou
Desiré Amouzou is a Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker. For over a decade Desiré worked as a Corporate Investigator in the private sector, specializing in Forensic Interviewing and Organized Crime Investigations. That was his bread and butter, and it still holds a special places in his heart. Never reluctant to jump back into the mix when needed. His first love however has always been Documentary Filmmaking and Investigative Journalisms. He has been mentored over the years, firstly in college by his Professor Deborah Angrave, TV and Documentary Producer and Educator, in learning story telling and narrative and developing a love of cinematography. In the field under the wing of Commercial Producer Dru Adams, And finally through his Interviewing mentors in the private sector as well as federal law enforcement whom shall remain anonymous due to the nature of their work. Growing up as part of a mixed race family, from an immigrant African father from New York and a British Okanagan Girl, he was made to feel any that he belonged, wherever he was. During his time in Africa and In Ontario and B.C., his unbiased upbringing has made him ever more appreciative of diversity in culture and keeps him remaining inquisitive, wanting to know more and ask questions. His parents taught him, that if you didn’t have anything good to say, don’t say it...unless you have to speak up. And though it’s been years since they’ve both passed away, Desiré still speaks up and ask questions, the hard ones and listens, and captures the film and photos that speak for those who can’t or won’t speak.