I’ve decided it would be kind of cool to share some short posts once a month about the things that inspire me on a daily basis: a little more insight into the work I do, and what keeps me going. I hope it will keep you refreshed and dreaming (and working) as well.
I’ve been in a small town in NE Oregon since January 1st. I was planning to be in Portland that night. I share this story with you because it’s real; it’s not pretty or glamorous, simply life. But it’s emphasized a truth to me, that even when it seems you have next to nothing, you can create and tell a story.
a documentary + candid-style family session with the Garrels; we started at their home and wandered to the park a few blocks away; games of tag paired with quiet, snuggly moments on an overcast Portland day…
We drove to Joshua Tree from LA the night before thanksgiving – needless to say, it was one of the largest traffic jams in history. We arrived at this sweet little Airbnb, made a campfire, put on some records, lit the candles, and settled in for an early night before waking up to explore Joshua Tree at sunrise!
I’m at a loss for words this morning as I try to think about how to sum up the last few years and to how I ended up here, named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. I had started shooting weddings my second year of college, when I was 19, then graduated from school a year early, and by the end of that year I was driving my car 2500 miles to Portland to seek something my heart was after.
We left the country on the night of the election. As we watched the live updates on the polls as the votes came in, we were simultaneously listening for the boarding announcement at LAX for our plane to Fiji, where we’d connect to go on to New Zealand after a 12-hr layover.
Three months ago, I decided to buy a camper van, lose my apartment, and get on the road more. I travel so much for work that I figured I’d avoid rent for a while and spend my money on gas to take me places instead.