my WHAT + my WHY
For me, photography is about relationships and identity. The impact a high quality beautifully framed and placed photograph can have on a person’s life, or a blended family is immeasurable. For example, here is your daughter, at 16. We, the model and I capture a moment in time that the family can keep forever. And as she grows up, goes off to college, marries, and has children of her own, she gets to keep that moment as well. Photographs are an anchor. A focal point. Photographs keep us grounded in our own history.
On a more personal level, photography helped me recover from the psychological impact of an accident. I was a pedestrian hit by a drunk driver at the age of 25, and 15 years later, photography found me.
Being able to take self-portraits and view them from a more objective place allowed me to better handle emotions that seemed overwhelming. Photography helped me reconnect with the world around me (believe it or not) and to move forward–to piece myself back together. Photography provided me the opportunity to explore my feelings and look at life more objectively. I then turned my camera to the outside world.
I also witnessed the impact on my daughters when they saw themselves in large portraits on the walls of Pearl Cup, my neighborhood coffeehouse, where my work was exhibited this past summer. When I saw my favorite images printed large, it hit me, “Oh! So THIS is what it is about!” Even as a photographer, I somehow missed the point of photography. It isn’t just sharing digital files or looking at images of people you love online. Photography is about seeing in front of you the people you love most and the places you adore. Looking at oneself in the mirror or on a digital image is very different from a print. Framed and mounted prints are tangible objects that can be touched and held. They communicate in a big way the importance of a person to someone else. They help to validate a person’s importance and sense of belonging. In this complicated, busy, crazy time, I do believe that people long for a simpler, more authentic art. Creating photographic artwork that you can see every day is a joy to me.
what my happy looks like...
My family is my biggest motivator.
Our daughters, who inspire me, show me the world in a different way, and help me strive to be a better person. Oh! Our chickens who are sweet, love people dearly, and provide many hours of enjoyment.
Our cabin in the woods of beautiful Arkansas, which we named Faerie Treehouse is a place I love to escape to when I need that quiet, beautiful solitude that only being in nature can provide to you.
My writer husband, Jason, who encourages me and continues to push me creatively.
Sadie is one of our three dogs and this picture personifies her most favorite person in the world--Jason.
This is one of my favorite scenes near our Faerie Treehouse. Mr. Ghormley's cows always greet me upon arriving.
Painting rocks that I find at the Faerie Treehouse is another way that I express my love for many things, such as the Old Maid game that is a favorite in our household (still).
One of my hobbies is to embroider kids' artwork. It's a fun and rewarding way to showcase the many pieces of art accumulated during their school years.
The mushrooms that occupy the woods surrounding the Faerie Treehouse are amazing creatures. I love to photograph them during my walks in the woods.