I started fueling my photography passion as a child, using a little box camera to capture images to tell stories about my family and later in high school, I worked on the yearbook, using my camera as a way and a reason to interact with my fellow students. I finally got serious about photography when I was about 30, when I left for Europe and learned all about struggling for your art and growing a backbone. Youíll have to read my memoir for the whole story!
So I had a career in fashion and advertising, shooting for clients and magazines like Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan and really I did love it. But one day, I was helping a friend take apart her motherís home after she had passed away and under her bed we found a book, 11◊14, hard pages, full bleed, black and white images shot by a LIFE magazine photographer friend of her mothers family when she was a child.
The images blew me away. They were shockingly beautiful journalistic photos of three children, the mother and her two sisters, running, fighting, eating cereal.
I was changed. I changed my direction, for the last 20 years I have been making images of people that tell stories. And I also create images that tell the stories of my favorite subjects, flowers, hands, metaphor, dreams. My work is photographic first, digital second and heartfelt for sure.