hello!

allow me to introduce myself...

tl;dr: i am a self-taught photographer whose primary goal is
to help people fall in love with themselves in the context
of the communal world we inhabit. 

*ahem*

i'm an aspiring vegetarian, loquacious creative and night owl.
a strong INFJ with a sense of humor. reading was my first love,
the thrift store is my safe haven. determined to live my best life.

i am a repository of treasure and memory,
a safe space, a cause for celebration.
i find refuge in run-on sentences, nuance, and self-care rituals.

i believe writing involves bearing witness to impermanence. photography then, by analogous extension, is pure and mindful magic. every moment is ripe for gleaning: approachable from varied perspective, a different stance, a unique lens.

at 22, i was gifted a film camera by a mentor. he charged me with crafting a visually compelling narrative using still images, sound bytes, and a liberal sprinkling of fancy transitions for an upcoming event. well, technically, i exercised creative liberties with the transitions, but you get the point. a few dozen rolls of film, two months of interviews and splicing.

i created a 19-minute masterpiece honoring the folks who served alongside of me in that season of non-profit ministry, effecting quantifiable change in human lives and hearts. i don't remember the polite yawns, though i'm sure there were a smattering.
i sat transfixed-- my interpretation of events on display, my heart full. people let me in on their process by sharing gratitude, honesty, their stories and in time-- their hearts.
i felt like a tailor, a conductor.

gestalt was in full swing. 

fast forward nine years, and i  still have an unquenchable desire to inhabit the sweet spot betwixt creating custom experiences and documenting life. i struggle regularly to wrangle words capable of containing the contentment that fills me when my eye melds with the lens and I'm caught up in chronicling life as it unfurls. i'm thoroughly convinced that God has made us all majestically unique.
i live to remind people of this. 

i never imagined the richly layered fulfillment that consistently accompanies this life work. i'd liken it to discovering buttercream icing on carry-out red velvet cake: the most beautiful surprise. i'm honored by all who've allowed me to share in capturing their uniquely special moments. i'm amped about creating and building with the folks i've yet to meet. 

if you're thinking about taking the photographic plunge-- do it!
i sincerely believe there's never a wrong time to document/celebrate/inhabit the life stage in which you find yourself. revel in the nuances. savor the simple things. stretch out on life's loom, and have your people call my people so we can take pictures while engaged in tandem processes.

lastly, i'm a huge fan of chocolate, caffeine, corduroy, contractions, alliteration, lowercase letters, the simple smiley face emoji and Smithfield hickory smoked thick-cut pork bacon dusted with peppercorns. while you might wrongly assume that these things aren't quite relevant to this particular conversation, there are certain immutable facts you should know about someone, ya dig? :)

much love and many memories,

V

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