This is a story all about how...
well..for the 80s babies who immediately rapped the rest of that iconic theme in your heads...none of those lyrics that follow in that song are applicable henceforth. But! This is, in fact, a story.
I don't remember the first time I picked up a camera. But one of my earliest memories is of my dad's Pentax: a heavy, beautiful, silver and black piece of machinery that always had a bit of an enigmatic draw. I've always been captivated by art in all of its forms; but particularly in writing, music, and visuals. Still, I went off to college in pursuit of a "real job" because living ones passion is for the gifted and financially free--or so I thought. While in college (Sic 'Em Baylor Bears!), as I studied the brain and behavior (which I still really do love), I picked up a camera, some film, and walked into my first photojournalism course. And I fell in love. I fell in love in the dark room as I watched my film come to life. I fell in love with the ability to capture, not just a beautiful image, but a moment and feeling in time. To conjure a memory. To evoke a visceral emotional reaction.
But I kept running. I went to graduate school--first in Journalism, but after a year I switched back to brains and behavior because of fear (well fear and indecision). I went on to graduate from Baylor (yes, again *coughs* student loans are *coughs* killing me) and became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. And, don't get me wrong, I love that work. It fulfills a very real, very big, erudite (read: nerdy) part of me. And I LOVE working with children and families with all sorts and shades of needs. But this part of me--the part of me that needs to create--will not be quieted. And so I never stopped. I continued to grow and stretch my creative legs (or lens-haha. Sorry that wasn't funny) and have dabbled in a variety of styles. And as I transition (eventually) to living my passion full-time, I hope to bring some of my background to my work. But my creative passion is in capturing the most natural, most honest parts of life. I like photos with eyes closed, noses squished, hands clasped, fingers intertwined, whips of hair...wild laughter, sincere tears. I like angles, shadows, rich colors, and natural light that inspires a mood. I want to give you photographs that capture the essence of you, your relationship, your family, or your brand. And I promise good fun and good music in the process :)
So what do you say? Let's create something beautiful together.
Houston, TX-based...but I will follow you into the abyss...