I was born a noticer. The most subtle things sting me.  Honesty and openess sting the belugas out of me.  The messy, complex, spinning carnival of life is loaded with unnoticed beauty and love.  All this ordinary everyday stuff, the way you feed your dog, smooch your child's head in the shopping cart, gently smooth a crease on your face, the stress, the mess, the light, the shadow, I want pictures of it all.


Since I can remember I have wanted to freeze time.  The mere fact that everything will change is a perpetual pain and photography is my medicine for that.  

I was a quiet little kid.  I loved animals, I believed everything was alive, I was dirty in the woods a lot, I watched people. I think I might have been trying to figure everyone out.  I wrote stories, liked candy, liked to draw and sing, was fascinated by horses and television,  and really loved my family.  My grandfather got me a camera, I think I was 8, and that was awesome.


In 5th grade, I learned that there was a type of work where you could talk to people, learn about their lives and take their pictures.  I remember clear as day, declaring down an empty stairwell at my school that I was going to be a National Geographic Photographer when I grew up.  


I will never understand why life isn't straight lines, but I will trust in its mess. 


Instead of photography school, i went to flight school, flew a little, then after some ways leading to ways ended up with a BA in literature, philosophy and education and an unfinished MFA in creative writing.  I taught high school English for 5 years, taught yoga as well, and then moved to an old family farm in an area of New York once inhabited by the Lenape tribe called Wawayanda.  At that farm, with my ancestors buried on a hill behind the house, I gave birth to the best little teacher of all.  And after my daughter was born, I decided to make my passions a career. 

I am interested in authenticity, and sharing the truth of what I see in people, the magical potential and the subtle soft love that underlies so much of what we take for granted in everyday life. 


We forget who we are, and photographs remind us.  And it is in that recollection of ourselves that we are better able to step into the fullness of who we are, who we are meant to be and embrace all of the love that so easily goes unnoticed because of the natural chaos of everything.

Images have the power to bridge communication breakdowns, bring awareness and understanding where there was once harsh judgment, incite compassion and trigger memory and meaning all in one fell swoop.  And these things churn us inside as people to the point of change sometimes. 

I see my camera as a tool I use to reflect back to the world all its magic and beauty.  Photography is a service, I offer you my way of noticing so that it might put a smile on your face, a feeling in your heart and remembrance that you are made of infinite possibility.

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