I'm a little bit crunchy. I'm a home-birthing, placenta-encapsulating, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, homeschooling, sometimes whole30-eating kind of Mama. I love blush, lace, floral print - all things girly and feminine, but really I just slap my hair in a pony, stay in the sweatpants (not even yoga pants) I went to bed in, and put on some hiking shoes because I know that's where I want to spend my time anyway. Speaking of hiking, I'm a traveler at heart. Moving to Utah reminded me of my love for the mountains, just as living in Hawaii solidified my undying devotion to the ocean. I can't wait to see what else our travels as nomads this year teaches me to fall in love with.
As we began to prepare for our new gypsy lifestyle, we purged SO MUCH STUFF. At one point, I found a journal from fifth grade. Most of it was fluffy, useless chat about boys, but one paragraph stopped me in my sorting. It was so indicative of who I am, who I want to be at the core that it made me emotional. I was writing about what I envisioned my life to look like when I was older. I wrote: "We'd live in Montana with 70 acres. One room the whole wall would be a window and it'd overlook 2 mountains and in between the mountains would be a creek running into our land. To the left are the horses' pasture and to the right is a pond with a rope on a tree to jump into the pond. The house is a log cabin. The room with the big windows is my writing room because I want to be a writer and a photographer." I was ten years old when I wrote that. Young, naive, and full of dreams. Yet here I am, living exactly that life. Maybe it's not Montana and it certainly ain't no log cabin, but at the heart of it, I wanted country. I wanted to write and take pictures and tell stories. It's everything I wanted it to be. It fills me up to the brim and runs out and over.
I'm a photographer because I believe that photos have the power to change our story. They bring us back to each other when times are hard, they cross the barrier of time & memory and land us back where our hearts belong. I shoot weddings & anniversaries because I love marriage and I've made it my mission to protect my own marriage, as well as help others protect theirs. I photograph families because it is a natural extension of marriage, and therefore has eternal bonds too. Having family photos on your walls reminds us of that, and gives us the courage to love deeper, speak kinder, and be each other’s best friends. Ultimately, I'm a photographer because I believe photos strengthen the relationships within marriages and families, deepen our connections with each other and future generations, and instill a greater amount of kindness towards ourselves and those we love most.
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