I’ve been a photographer for more than 20 years. My career has followed my life stages – wedding, pregnancy, newborn, family, personal branding specialities. I’m now facing turning 50 and I want it celebrated – it’s a huge accomplishment. It makes me appreciate the people that have gone before me and makes me want to celebrate them too.
I don’t know about you, but I found motherhood, while ultimately something I love, to be a process of losing myself and losing my identify as I constantly thought about and put the needs of others before myself. This is reflected in the photos I have taken of my family – I have an abundance of photos of my kids, lots of photos of my husband with the kids, but very few of myself. In essence the kids know that I was there, not because I am in the photos, but because the photo was taken!
I want to help women who are like me, who have stopped existing in photos, and have stopped believing that they can look good in photos. I’m on a journey of reinventing myself and I want to help others do the same.
Time and again I love working with women who come in convinced that they can’t take a good photo and I ask them to trust me. Over the course of the session I see them take risks and blossom. I see them walk out of my studio with their heads held higher and their posture straighter and a new twinkle in their eyes.
For me that is why I do photography. Helping people see themselves in a new and positive way is my calling. I’m never happier than when I have a camera in my hands and a willing subject before me. I want to empower women through photography, to celebrate them and help them reconnect with their inner self, and to create legacy portraits of them that they and their families will love for generations to come!