Tell our readers about yourself
After a lifetime of looking for a career that would make my heart and soul happy, I found family photography.
I always loved documenting experiences and feelings in a very real and raw way but never thought I would be good enough to be called an artist. My background is in many fields but at the core of it I always had jobs where I helped people, one way or another. And I really see how that fits perfectly with my work as a family photographer. I want to help people to save this little snippets of time for when there’s nothing else left. I want to make their experience simple and easy, a carefree moment in time. Having lost my mom at the age of 10 taught me that we need to enjoy the people we love while we can. And one day, when there’s only pictures to look at, I want these families to have the ones that show how they truly lived.
I cried the whole way home because I knew that I had finally discovered something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What really matters to you as a photographer?
What really matters to me is that people feel seen. Not in a perfect and curated way. But in their truest form.
I take time to get to know the families I work with before the session. I want to understand what drives them and what feelings they have at this moment in time about parenthood. So often we get caught up in the daily grind, so many dishes, laundry, work, that is easy to forget that our greatest treasure is the love we can share with each other. I want my sessions to be a safe haven for that love. Where they don’t have to worry about anything else apart from loving each other. All the love I get to experience during those one hour encounters can be overwhelming sometimes. It’s not rare for me to end a session in tears, because I allow myself to immerse fully in all their emotions, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Do you worry about what others think about your work?
The comparison trap can be a pretty tricky one. Social media makes it look like everybody else is more successful and better at what they do than you. If you don’t get x number of likes on your photos or if you start losing followers, it’s easy to start questioning what you do. I believe that most artists make work so that others can enjoy. So, of course I care what people think about my work. I think it’s also that impostor syndrome that keeps nagging me. Because I didn’t go to school to be a photographer, or anything else really, I’m always wondering if what I’m doing is good enough. To be honest, I have been the receiver of so much kindness about my work, I really do feel very lucky. You have to learn to love yourself and your work no matter what others say or don’t say about it, but that’s a much longer journey.
What’s an experience you will never forget?
The very first time I photographed a family. It was my friend Sirenia and her beautiful child. I asked her if she would model for me because I wanted to start building a portfolio. I had no idea if I was capable of doing anything remotely good. We were out at this beautiful location until the sun was gone. There was so much joy and love between them and I was able to capture so much of it. When I drove home, I could see the pink and orange sky and the beautiful mountains in the horizon. I cried the whole way home because I knew that I had finally discovered something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.