Hello! Allow me to introduce myself...
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.
I've been many things to various people over the years.
Through it all, proportionately Capricorn, chameleon, and Christian.
I've benefited from expansive relationships and communal living.
I've had brief and simple encounters that were no less revolutionary.
I found my voice awhile ago, and recognized my propensity to write and create.
I believe photography is an organic extension of the storytelling process.
Though I still get butterflies before assignments, there's little else I'd rather do.
I believe firmly that I was born to create and chronicle life simultaneously;
designed to intentionally craft a space wherein exhales and deep breath
abound, allowing story and mindful intention to thrive.
I inhabit a plane where liberty, grace, and gratitude regularly cameo.
Hereabouts, the Oxford comma is both welcome, and appreciated.
I'm an aspiring vegetarian, loquacious creative and night owl.
A strong INFJ with a healthy sense of humor.
Reading was my first love, and the thrift store is my safe haven.
I'm determined to live my best life, at my own pace.
I consider myself a repository of treasure and memory. I find refuge in run-on sentences, nuance, and self-care rituals. I find life in safe spaces and causes for celebration.
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.
My first major love taught me the basics of seeing on a Canon Rebel XTI. I wrote poems in her memory and absorbed all the knowledge I could. The next year, I was gifted a film camera by a mentor. He charged me with crafting a visually compelling narrative for an upcoming event. Enter two months of interviews, a few dozen rolls of film, culling, splicing, trimming sound bites, and arranging and rearranging differing elements into a cohesive narrative. Gestalt was in full swing. Folks let me in on their process by sharing gratitude, honesty, their stories and in time-- their hearts. I felt like a tailor, a conductor. Truth be told, I still do.
Fast forward ten years, and I still have an unquenchable desire to inhabit the sweet spot betwixt creating custom experiences and documenting life. 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.
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.
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?
Seeing people shine, at their truest, in safe spaces is quite a gift.
I count the opportunity to capture love and life as a privilege.
Allowing folks to see themselves in all their essence and glory... well, that's pure joy.
I create jointly with people to chronicle intentional engagement
and bolstered connections that enrich posterity.
I'd love to meet you :)