I am a grief enthusiast. I know great grief comes from great love, and it is the connections between those two I most enjoy exploring with people.
I offer comfortable photography for uncomfortable times as well as guidance on how to grow your own skills in documenting your family. Photography is about intention and connection way before it is about technique and the exposure triangle.
When I started my first photography business in 2009, I was a generalist - I photographed anyone who would hire me. That all changed in 2013, when I was waddling through (until bed rest, anyway) a high-risk pregnancy with an "incompatible with life" diagnosis. It occurred to me that I could use my skills to document what I was experiencing so we could have the opportunity to look back and reflect in our own time.
Photography is delightful that way. Not only does it capture exquisite detail, but it holds things for us until we are ready to see them. No pressure to "get over it" or "move on." No insistence that we need to be grateful for what didn't happen or that "at least" we still have this other situation.
It's real. It's one of the best companions I've had in my grief. It doesn't flinch. It is silent and supportive. It doesn't shy away from the hard things. It doesn't try to cover things up.
I needed that then. I continue to need that now, and I see what a difference it makes for others.
By the way, that incompatible with life fellow was born and is full of life.
What I Believe
I believe in celebrating relationships, knowing there is always something to celebrate even on the hardest days.
I believe in holding hands.
I believe silently sitting next to someone is often the best show of support.
I believe that it’s important to say “I love you,” even when I’m pretty sure the other person knows.
I believe in expressing emotions, whether that means crying, screaming, or jumping up and down.
I believe in embracing life.
I believe in laughing until my face hurts and I have to run to the restroom.
I believe that life is most beautiful when it isn't airbrushed.
I believe that wrinkles and age spots are earned and speak volumes in wisdom and experience.
I believe in the beauty and bonding of vulnerability.
I believe in a solid 10-second hug for every hello and goodbye with family and close friends.
I believe that grief lasts as long as love.
I believe the best smiles are full body experiences.
I believe in kindness, compassion, and empathy.
I believe a family's history, including handwritten letters, pictures, and stories, is the most valuable thing a family has other than this moment and their love for each other. I believe we are all living and dying right this minute. End of life and hospice care aren't about dying - they are about living as fully and comfortably as possible.
I believe handmade gifts are priceless without price tags.
I believe people are meant to break during difficult times. I believe they grow into new strength when they are able.
I believe in telling the story of my family through the photographs I see in my home, and that includes days that are good, bad, and ugly. I want to do that for you.