At a young age my parents exposed me to the world through imagery. Our coffee table housed National Geographic Magazines, newspapers and other sources of photojournalism. Some of my earliest memories of empathy were evoked by those images, and in later years I cut those same images out of their bindings, taped them to my wall, allowing the stories to inspire me and encourage a posture of gratitude. I am deeply appreciative to my parents, especially my father, for encouraging me in a nonjudgemental, empathetic perspective on life and for using photography as the tool to do so.
This connection to the still photograph intensified when, at the age of nine, I lost my mother and sister in a tragic car accident. In the wake of grief I turned to our family photographs in order to hold tight to their memory, in hopes that I might feel them with my senses. In an instant I became rudely aware of life’s finite nature and the significance of the present moment. Overtime I transformed this perspective into one that fills me with joy – the present moment is a gift. The opportunity to live this life is extraordinary.
Putting to use all the film my father brought home, I began to use a camera to explore the quality of human experience. I was drawn to exploring elements that resided in my own memories about my mother and sister; intimate touch, golden light, nuanced expression, nostalgia. The development of a photographic skill set combined with the belief that human connection is of utmost value led to a full fledged love affair. Photography became a part of me, both as I practiced and as I witnessed it’s influence in the world to broaden perspectives, preserve time and change lives.
After receiving my Bachelor’s of Arts in Photography at the Art Institute of Colorado, I opened my business in Boulder, Colorado in 2008, photographing weddings in Denver and throughout Colorado, and where I continue to hone my craft for visual storytelling. Photographing intimate relationships is my most meaningful work, whether it be the bodies of two lovers entangled in tenderness, a climber’s affection for the mountain, a baby’s first exchange of breath, or the receiving touch from caregiving hands. This work is most meaningful because of the intrinsic sacredness of human experience and the profound invitation I receive to feel into the authentic moment with my subject. I am honored and deeply grateful for this opportunity.
I believe that human connection is the common thread that gives all of our lives meaning, and it is our finite gift of time to experience those connections that compels me to make photographs.