I was honored to shoot this warm maternity session alongside my friend and stylist in this case, Gina Neal. These images were featured on The Fount Collective earlier this month, which of course was very exciting. To see more of the shoot, head on over there!Read More
A thoughtful brand puts your own personal stamp on all the little touches your clients receive along the way. Whether it's your business card, a thank you note, even your response to an inquiry email with your attached PDF - these are all early seeds planted to quietly communicate to your client what your business is all about. Where do you start? Here are a few things I think really work.Read More
A friend of mine said an interesting thing describing someone close to her, "By the time most of us are adults, we have learned to be guarded and protect ourselves. But he is just totally open and full of wonder - and to have retained that is amazing in this world." Do you ever think about what the world looks like through a child's eyes? It's full of hope, magic and mystery.Read More
Time and again I have the same conversation with a client: they love my work but want to know if I can offer a discount or if I can just include the CD of images rather than albums and proof prints. Despite working in the industry, I actually understand why clients so often wind up here... hiring a photographer is expensive and people need to consider their budgets. That being said, I wanted to un-pack the idea of investment and heirlooms when choosing your photographer...and why so many photographers are trying to move beyond shooting digital images and simply uploading them to online galleries.Read More
As a photographer, I have an interesting (and humbling) opportunity to get a brief glimpse into my client's vulnerable places. My camera has found itself capturing incredible people, some of whom have lost children, battled illness, lived in extreme poverty, experienced abuse, gone through divorce, journeyed through infertility, or fought an eating disorder. I'm often amazed how disarming the camera can become and I've been honored to learn bits about my client's lives.Read More
It was a year of growth and facing fears for me. Putting myself out in the world creatively, with a new focus and learning to run a business (that helps me eat and actually pay bills) was scary. When you do that as a creative business person, you are met with a lot of questions and it's difficult to stand by your choices. We all think we want to be successful, but I realized that success is actually the thing that frightens me the most. Standing behind your work and your vision is challenging, and learning to be artistic but still smart financially with your choices is a lesson in and of itself.Read More
On Thanksgiving morning I woke up to frost which had winked at us, covering the whole yard. Everything sparkled and glowed underneath it, and I was able to step outside and savor it before rushing off to work. It's becoming more popular for clients to book family sessions on thanksgiving and also in the days following... since their loved ones tend to be in town and have the luxury of time-off from work. As I drove away, it felt odd to leave my sparkling yard because I felt like I could have stood there for hours.Read More
I'm not really a classic newborn photographer. I don't love posing tiny babies or putting bows on their head...and even if I did my lack of a beautiful, temperature controlled studio keeps me from doing so. I don't mind though, because I don't think posing newborns is really my strength.Read More
“Love turns work into rest.” ― Teresa of Ávila
I often marvel at the war that wages in my mind when I try to reconcile work and rest. The journey of searching for balance seems to be a prize I never fully grasp. I am not a mother, yet, and I often find myself feeling afraid of the future picture of work and children. Can I still work? Will I enjoy my work without feeling resentful of my family? Or visa versa...
I ran into an incredible quote the other day; “Love turns work into rest.” . Teresa of Ávila was a controversial mystic of the Catholic Church during the 16th century, and while (after reading about her) I'm not sure if she was necessarily a beacon of peaceful "rest", I think the statement she's made in the above quote is simply breathtaking.
I don't believe the idea that work is only fulfilling if you love it 100%. I think there is something to be said about working hard, even if you don't enjoy it, so you can go home to the things that you do enjoy (like your friends, family, hobbies and vacation time). After all, I've met people all over the world who don't have the resources to pursue their dreams due to a collapsed government or post-war poverty, but work hard so they can spend time in their community resting and enjoying much needed rejuvenation.
The idea that loving, just even loving in general, can turn your time of toil into a time of rest was really profound to me. It also brought me peace when I find myself feeling frantic about having a career and becoming a mother (I hope) in the next 2 years. The feeling of love and gratitude for my life and all my blessings carrying through during the stress of the work-life balance? What a beautiful thought.
Perfection is lethal, as they say. I'm sure I'll have days (as I do already) when I'm throwing pencils against the wall and wishing I could just pitch a tent in a field, isolated from work. I often feel the stress that our fast-paced culture brings and it's tempting to compare myself to other people or simply blast ahead like a mad-woman. Knowing my mind can overcome how I interpret the moment, however, that gives me hope. Knowing that love casts out all fear, gives me peace.