I hope that in uncovering my truth, it will help you to uncover yours..
I’ve made it my mission in life to help people to uncover the truth behind who they really are and to bring out the best sides in them through my portrait photography. I realize that before others can trust me to be vulnerable and expose their true selves to me, I need to be honest with them about who I really am too so here’s my truth.
I’ve been told by one of my mentors that I respect dearly that I’m too “polished” and what she meant by that is that I come across to the public like I have everything together, I’m happy and professional all the time and that I always point out the positive rather than focus on the negative of what is happening around me. There is a good reason for this and it starts with being brought up in a household with a mentally ill father. As a child I was afraid to speak up for fear that I would set him off and have to deal with the wrath of his temper. I believe this is why I was such a quiet child and it took me years to shed this part of me and to realize that I was safe and was not going to be hurt for speaking my truth anymore. As a teenager I feared for my life while being driven to school by an intoxicated father who would drift into intersections of red stoplights on my way to school and refused to let me drive us there to ensure that I arrived safely. To this day I have dreams about being in cars with no control as I felt so helpless and like I was going to die at such a young age. I reached out for help but it wasn’t until I met my husband at the end of my senior year in high school that I felt protected. I fell in love quickly with a man (he was only 17 at the time) who made me feel loved and safe and who took me out almost every night so that I wouldn’t have to be in a home where I felt so frightened and helpless. 20 years later we are still together and he is still my protector and biggest supporter in my life.
I was told by my family to never let anyone know what it was like in our home and to always put on a happy face. This privacy left me feeling suppressed and afraid to open up to more than a select few friends that I could trust. Today as a 38 year old woman, I realize that I am safe and that speaking my truth is important so that others will have hope of being free one day too.
Today my life looks much different. I have found my true passion and calling in life to help others see their worth and that are beautiful and loved too. My camera is my tool to capture this beauty and it has been an outlet for me that feels to me has saved my life. There is something deeply spiritual about photography for me. I feel like I am in perfect alignment with who I am when I am behind my camera looking for beauty in others and can’t wait to help them see themselves the way I see them for who they really are which is pure love. When a client is in alignment with who they are and I am in alignment with who I am, our results are nothing short of phenomenal. I prefer to be one on one with my clients because when they come alone they are more likely to be themselves and show me the side of themselves that is the most beautiful and raw.
I would love the chance to work with you and share in this beautiful journey to self discovery together. You can call the studio at 443-900-5170 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free consultation to learn more about what to expect with a portrait session.