Chunky jewelry (especially moonstone) and live music. Ocean waves, collecting rocks, and the smell of lavender. The contagious giggles of my two children, their little feet, big smiles and incredible hearts.
Cold red wine served in a handmade ceramic cup. Houseplants in every available space in my home - filling the room with fresh air and love. Sunshine on my back, plants budding in the garden, cooking with friends. My camera within arms reach and my husband standing by me, supporting my desire to create and being a kickass father.
These are just a few of my favorite things.
The camera has always been my favorite tool to create with.
We have grown with each other over the years, evolving and learning. From 35mm film, hands wet in the dark room, black bags blindly rolling film, drying prints, cutting mattes, air-in-a-can-fine-art finesse framed silver prints....to unlimited digital clicks, macs and mice and machines, WWW and HTML and FB and IG and DSLR and more acronyms than you can imagine. Together we have unearthed my soul and learned how to nurture a space for it to flourish.
“Talk Birthy To Me”
A previous client, now good friend, gifted me a ceramic mug with this saying printed on it after her birth. And it has become so true. I am fascinated by all things birth. Reading birth stories makes me feel giddy, studying the pelvis and the way a baby rotates through the birth canal makes my heart pump faster, my skin tingles with excitement as I talk with a pregnant person on the brink of experiencing one of the most transformable moments of their life.
The surges begin and her soul sort of hops back and forth between realms - smiling and laughing, talking and grounded in this world - until the next surge begins and then she goes within, eyes closed, hips swaying, sounds leaving her lips. As they build and grow in intensity, she travels to another place. To a place I am not sure many of us knew existed before. To a place where al the women before stand around her sharing their strength and wisdom. To a place so deep within the soul, so connected to the Source, that everything else fades away. Then she plateaus and maybe there is a sense of fear as she teeters on the edge life altering change. But with that there is also an unwavering sense of knowing. As she looks around and sees an abundance of love and support - guiding her through - reminding her that she is safe. And then he is here. In her arms. And it is the most glorious feeling. The whole journey - not just the moment she feels the soft warm touch of her baby’s skin on hers, but the entire journey.
To be invited to witness and document private, personal and life altering moments in peoples lives is an honor I don't take lightly.
The respect I hold for each space and the souls within it is genuine and it feeds my soul. I seriously have the coolest job ever.
B.F.A. Photography, College of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Minor Art History, College of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Birth Becomes Her Certified Birth Photographer
Everyday Films / Birth Videography Certified
Dynamo Doula Training - Birth and Postpartum Doula Certification (pending)
Evidence Based Birth, completed Advanced Training
Spinning Babies Workshop (2019)
Current Certification with American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED with Pediatric CPR