I am back! Well, it’s not that I really went away, I just took a break from working full time. Over the past two years I have been focussing on healing my stage iv metastatic breast cancer. It has taken me on the most incredible journey. It has physically taken me to Peru, Virginia, Kansas City, Hawaii, Burning Man, Joshua Tree and The National Rainbow Gathering in Oregon. It has also has taken me on a deep inward dive to discover who I REALLY am. I have learned so much about health, relationships, and most importantly, I’ve learned about myself. With all of this growth I have got new clarity on the direction of my photography business. I am not focusing as much on what types of shoots I want to do, as much as WHO I want to work with.
I have loved working with pregnant women, newborns and families over the past 20 years. Working with families was a no brainer for me. I started my photography business when my first born was 4 months old. My clients’ families have grown right along side of my family. I’ve loved documenting new parents who were so nervous and inexperienced and watched them grow and evolve into thoughtful confident parents. It has been so rewarding. I loved going on their journey with them and creating photos to remind them of their growth.
As my kids got older, I started to think about traveling for work. For the past 5 years, I have dreamed of traveling around the world photographing people in their homes and communities. I want to see how others live and interact and see the world. I have been wanting to work with more queer and non-traditional families. I was really getting exited to explore many different photography projects. And then I left my marriage and got a cancer diagnosis all in the same week. You can imagine how my ideas had to be put on the back burner for a bit.
I’ve spent the past two years healing my cancer. One of the many gifts my cancer has given me is a fully realized connection to my authentic self. I have learned so much about what I love and what I don’t. Through my travels and journey I have got to meet so many people that have really inspired me. I have met many people who left their high paying jobs to do work that was more meaningful to them. I meet people every week that share incredible stories of taking risks that changed their lives. This is my fuel. I want to be more like these people and I want to photograph them.
When you decide to make changes, take risks, get outside your comfort zone, magical things happen. This I know for a fact. I have lived most of my life from a place of fear, a place of doubt. I have decided that wasn’t serving me so I am stepping out of my comfort zone and it feels amazing! Last year I started taking jobs I previously would not have taken like small weddings, headshots, ceremonies or events. I also started taking my camera places when I wasn’t working. I never used to do that as it felt too much like “work”. Not anymore! I am feeling excited and creative. Looking back I see I had nothing to fear. It’s sometimes hard to believe that my work has become even more fun than it already was! I love what I do so much.
For 2018, my goal is to travel as much as possible with work. I want to work with old clients who have moved away. I am already scheduled to go to Chicago and Washington DC to photograph two of my families that have relocated. I am focusing on “a day in the life” style sessions. I want to document your daily life. What do your weekends look like? I want to document your pancake breakfast and morning cuddles. I want to create images that will bring your back to a very unique and special time in your life. I am over the moon excited that this is becoming a reality! I am shooting my very first festival in a few weeks and I am curating “goddess” shoots. Everything is coming into place.
There is so much I have to share, so I decided to start blogging all of the shoots I did last year. I am excited to share stories and images of amazing people who are living their most authentic lives. I am enjoying doing activities during my shoots and shooting in more unconventional places. It has added such a great energy to the images. Stay tuned!
If you are looking to capture this transformative time in your life in an authentic way, please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me 415-828-2403.