My grandfather gave me my first camera when I was fourteen and about to embark on my first cross country trip.
It was a simple point and shoot Pentax that gave me little control other than composition – often time this left me filled with frustration that the final image had little to do with my initial vision.
Despite the frustration, and while I hate to be cliche, it was really love at first click.
For me, photography is so much more than capturing surface beauty. It's about creating a connection, and showing someone just how beautiful they are through my lens. We live in a world where we are constantly inundated with feelings of "not good enough" - whether it's not skinny enough, beautiful enough...the list goes on.
Stepping into my studio is about turning that off, even if it's jut for a few hours. The time that you spend being photographed by me is about telling yourself that You Are Enough. It's a journey we all go on, especially women. Believe me, there have been hundreds of times where I've stood photographing a model with fashion designers hovering around, feeling like the biggest whale! Or what about the time I had my first headshot done? All I noticed where, what I perceived as, my flaws: my crooked smile that was adorable in baby pictures, but has followed me into adulthood, my orthodontia-free teeth, even my silly ears. Now I try to embrace those things; they are what make us who we are...and they are what make people fall in love with us.
My style is timeless, vintage-inspired, portraiture and sessions are about an experience of ‘feeling’ of beautiful. A portrait session is the perfect reason to celebrate everything about you. Because you are amazing the way that you are. You are enough.
I have been lucky enough to study under such artists as David Morris Cunningham, Ion Zupcu, Laura Gail Tyler, Lori Adams, and Craig Barber all of whom pushed me to develop my voice and understand my craft more fully. They both continue to be a source of inspiration and admiration for me.
With my fine art photographs I aim to explore the realms of the unconscious. I have always been fascinated with dreams and memory; my images are generally inspired by recollections. The worlds of reality and fantasy collide and blend in my work.
While I suppose one can never get away from digital, in a world of my own I would shoot mainly with vintage and toy cameras; I also love experimenting with expired film.
Her work has a nostalgic gothic quality to it; you almost expect to hear a wonderful old Victrola playing a haunting melody in the background with all it's scratches and pops."
-Roia O'Brien, Designer