I love photographing families in their homes, or in a location that holds a strong emotional connection. I like to use a documentary style approach, while sometimes giving you a little guidance or prompt when necessary. I want to capture a typical morning or evening, because it is in the mundane details of our lives where I find the most beauty and inspiration. There is nothing wrong with a posed photograph, I just don't think those are the ones that will mean as much years from now. I often think of your children in twenty something years, looking back on your family photographs to better understand who they are and where they came from. They feel a little like love letters, showing them what life was really like, and just how much they were loved.
There is something profoundly intimate about standing in front of a camera, not to mention, alone. I know it is not easy and so I consider it my job to help you relax, get into your body, play your favorite tunes, and ask you questions that provoke authentic emotion. There is something really special that happens when we both begin to let our guards down and soften into the moment. This is where the magic happens and how great portraits are made. Whether you're looking for a creative portrait, a traditional headshot, or senior photos for your graduating student, I am confident we will have fun and you will love what we make together.
I have a mother who was passionate about documenting my childhood, and so I was always asked to “do it again,” or “stay right there.” I struggled with thinking of the camera as authentic until I could get my own hands on one, and choose to use it my very own way. My approach to photographing kids is to simply let them be kids, and to meet them where they are at. They often lead and I follow, allowing myself to really get a sense of who they are, and let that come through in the pictures. I don't want their experience with a camera to be stressful, but quite the opposite, fun and playful. I am inspired by the uninhibited, wide range of emotions that move through children's bodies, and I am eager to capture it all...the cheeky smiles, curiosity, dirty hands, sticky faces, meltdowns and infectious joy.
I enjoy working with dancers one on one, as well as dance companies needing material for upcoming shows and events. For this type of shoot I rent space from a beautiful dance studio with lots of natural light, or will work within your site specific location when applicable.
After the birth of my second daughter I felt inspired to document the connection between sisters. I dedicated myself to a 52 project and took a picture of their growing relationship and mundane adventures, once a week every week, for a year. After the first year it became infectious and so rewarding to look back on. I couldn't stop and have continued the project ever since. This is a collection of my favorites over the last four years.