You may be here because you have been a fan of my work for a while. Or you are brand new here, and know nothing about me. Either way, whatever your reason…I am so glad you are here.
Many of you know, that I was interviewed by Amy Hockert from Fox 9 News. Don’t worry if you missed it! I’ve linked the video HERE. To say I was surprised by the idea when I first received the email from Amy, would be an understatement. I feel as though I am just a small town girl, who has a curiosity for human behavior and a preference for photographing moments that otherwise would go unnoticed. I don’t market my business other than through word of mouth. I assume that I am the best kept secret in Red Wing. Until now, I suppose.
A few years ago when I finally realized that I wanted to photograph families in a different way than what everyone else was doing, I attended a family documentary photography workshop given by Tyler Wirken and Kirsten Lewis. The first thing they asked was “Why are you here?” My response was “I want to redefine the family photo”. Imagine how surprised I was that the story they aired is titled “redefining the family photograph”. Perfect universal alignment, I’d say.
So, welcome….old fans and new. I hope you find something here that touches you. I hope you see images here that make you feel something. Everyone is photographer, and we take millions and billions of photographs every day/week/year. I want to take photographs that remind you WHY we need photographs. I want to make photos that invoke feelings. I want you to see these images and get lost in them.
I’d like to send out a huge thank you to Tyler Wirken, who first looked me in my eyes and told me that it’s OK to want to shoot they way I do. To Kirsten Lewis, who met me as a scared, anxiety-filled girl who was severely lacking in confidence…and taught me over the course of a year that WHO I am is enough. WHO I am is WHY I notice the things I notice and photograph in my own voice, and do it with confidence. She taught me to look for, anticipate, and enjoy little moments that I had never noticed before. I will be forever grateful for her friendship, guidance and knowledge.
Another huge thank you to my best friend and fellow photographer, Buena Farrell for allowing me to use her beautiful studio for the interview. The Sparby family for not only allowing me to photograph them in their day to day lives, but to also allow it to be photographed on camera….for all of you to see.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” –Brene Brown